Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposal

Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposalRunning alongside SH16, the Northwestern Cycleway is not only the key bike path from the western suburbs into the CBD, it’s also a crucial local connection to and between Kingsland, Eden Terrace, and Arch Hill. And it’s booming – daily bike traffic has tripled in less than five years, with a daily average of close to 1000 trips registered by the automatic bike counter near Bond St (and 1500 on the last Thursday in February!). It’s a huge success story – with a major pinch point: the section between St Lukes Rd and Newton Rd. Built in the early 2000s as a shared path for bikes and pedestrians, the width …
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A new community rises… will it be Biketopia?

A new community rises... will it be Biketopia?Plugged into the cycleway network on all sides, a short ride from a train station and future light rail, knitted into nearby neighborhoods and only half an hour ride from the central city, and with a transport plan to create bike-friendly streets inside a green campus… Auckland’s newest development could be our first Biketopia. Announced on Sunday, the government’s purchase of 29ha of Unitec land in Mt Albert in order to create affordable housing in partnership with iwi will bring 3000-4000 new homes – and 10,000 or so new residents – to what is, in transport terms, an absolute gem of a location. The land, full of history and heritage and …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Bike Barn

Meet our bike shop partners: Bike BarnWondering if it’s time to become a Bike Auckland member and support our work for a more bike-friendly city? We’ve got seven new reasons why you should! Bike Barn has joined our bike shop partnership programme, and that means its seven Auckland stores now offer membership discounts of up to 25 percent when you present your membership card.  Here’s the inside story on the Bike Barn offer: What is Bike Barn? It’s one of the big dogs of the New Zealand cycle trade, that’s what. With 19 stores up and down the country and a very active marketing programme, chances are you’ve heard of Bike Barn already. Bike Barn’s Auckland stores spread …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Mount Eden Cycles and Hot Cycles

Meet our bike shop partners: Mount Eden Cycles and Hot CyclesWelcome to sister stores Mt Eden Cycles and Hot Cycles, the newest Bike Auckland bike shop partners! Here’s all you need to know about these two shops, the bike nuts that run them, and why they’re proud to support Bike Auckland by offering special deals for our members… What and who are Mt Eden Cycles and Hot Cycles? Owned by the affable Mark Taylor and wife Debbie, plus Louis Crosby and Tracey Steens, the two shops retail the established Specialized range, although they will happily build you up a bike from almost any brand you fancy. Known to aficionados as MEC, Mt Eden Cycles is, not surprisingly, located on Mt Eden Road, on the stretch …
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In the wake of tragedy: Vision Zero for Te Atatu Peninsula

In the wake of tragedy: Vision Zero for Te Atatu PeninsulaFriend of Bike Auckland (and former committee member) Bryce Pearce has been mulling over the tragedy on Te Atatu Rd last week, in the light of long-running attempts by the local community to make this stretch of road safer for everyone. This post also appears on his blog, the Orewa Urbanist.  I’ve written and deleted this post a few times since Thursday evening’s tragic death of John Bonner on Te Atatu Road. Now, we do not know how events unfolded, so I’m not interested in arguing the finer points. (Editorial note: and with the crash still under investigation it wouldn’t be appropriate to speculate on the details, so please, let’s not.) …
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Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!

Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!Lots of people asked about our T-shirts at Lightpath Festival. Here’s a quick reminder that you can wear your heart on your sleeve – or front or even tote bag – via our online shop! We have a range of shapes and styles and colours and sizes, including super-cute little kids’ tees with little bikes on. It’s a great way to share your enthusiasm for a more bike-friendly city wherever you go – and a small portion of each purchase goes to Bike Auckland so we can get on with the work while you get out and ride. Check out the FAQs here. DELIVERY NOTE UPDATE: Digitees have advised any new orders will ship …
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Meet our partners: Cityhop car share

Meet our partners: Cityhop car shareWait, what’s a car doing in our feature spot? Well, as part of our new membership benefits, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring special discounts and exclusive opportunities to everyone who becomes a Bike Auckland member. One of the wonderful businesses backing bike advocacy in your city offers a new way to think about personal transport. What if you didn’t have to own a car, but could use one whenever you liked? And what if that car came with a bike rack so you could get further afield on two wheels? That’s the Cityhop proposition – and we even hear Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Center is a fan! …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur Cycles

Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur CyclesGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. Meet the people backing bike advocacy in your city – this week, a one-stop cycling haven on the lower isthmus… ROULEUR CYCLES Who and what is Rouleur Cycles? Tucked away on Selwyn Street just around the corner from Onehunga Mall, Rouleur Cycles caters for bike nuts of all kinds. Rouleur first opened its doors in 2015 with the purpose of creating a one-stop cycling haven for anyone who rides a bike. That’s pretty much how it is …
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Waterview Path – First Hoon!

Waterview Path – First Hoon!After the Waterview Shared Path is officially opened to the public Friday 6 October, Bike Auckland is organising a cruisy evening ride – so you can be (among) the first to ride the new path! This is the best kind of Friding ever. Meet up on the Northwestern Cycleway after work, at 5:30pm. The ride should take about half an hour, even with exciting stops and starts at the sights along the way, including the three new bridges. Facebook event here (or just roll up on the evening)!
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It’s Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.

It's Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.Feedback is now open on Auckland Transport’s proposed design for where Great North Rd meets Bond St and Grosvenor St. Our verdict: it’s good – and will be even better with a couple of tweaks. Be sure to have your say by Sunday 3 September! Here’s our quick feedback guide… What we like – this will make the intersection safer for people on bikes. What we’d change – make it easier for people on bikes to turn right, especially to Bond Street, by adding a right turn pocket. Other comments – we think there’s space for a proper bus stop bypass. As the next feature-length item in Auckland’s cycle infrastructure line-up edges closer to release, …
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Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington Road

Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington RoadDoing the rounds of AT’s website, we found this short but useful bit of new protected cycle lane coming for the Pt Chev community: AT is proposing to install what looks like St Lukes-style separators on Carrington Road, on the southbound section from the Pt Chev town centre and across the motorway bridge, as far south as Sutherland Road (i.e. to the Northwestern Cycleway entry!). Sadly, this quick fix project doesn’t extend any further down Carrington Rd, because the lanes get a lot narrower south of Sutherland Road and then swing out around parked cars outside Gladstone Primary. Despite the obvious limitations, we think this is a good quick improvement …
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Auckland to share the bikeshare love?

Auckland to share the bikeshare love?An exciting announcement today, via the Minister of Transport: Auckland Transport, with the support of NZTA, is moving forward with a feasibility study for a bikeshare scheme for central Auckland! (Christchurch is on the cards too, but naturally our eye is drawn to our city). Says AT’s Kathryn King: By the end of next year we will have completed a number of vital links for people travelling into and around the city centre by bike. This, combined with international evidence that cycle share schemes work when they are done right, mean that now is the perfect time to begin these investigations. The feasibility report is expected around the end of September, …
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Two try-a-bike events – Saturday April 1, no fooling!

Two try-a-bike events - Saturday April 1, no fooling!Fancy a new bike? Or fancy getting back into the bike life… but not sure where to start? Saturday April 1st (no joke!) brings two try-a-bike events that will give you a chance to take something fresh for a spin. One is aimed at families, the other at women getting back into riding, but everyone is warmly welcome to both. First up is Try a Bike Day at Pt Chevalier Primary, from 11-1. There’ll be e-bikes, cargo bikes, and kid bike seats to try out. Plus a bike obstacle course for the kids, and bike giveaway goodies from Bike Auckland and Auckland Transport, including great new maps of the central city bike paths. It’s …
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Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centre

Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centreJust us, or… is there a bit of a tone-shift lately in the way bikes are being covered in the news? Matt Heath’s Herald column in praise of Lightpath made us smile on a Monday morning. Admittedly, it’s hard not to break out in a grin when you read a description like this: I know it had to close down for a re-pinking, but boy is it futuristic. I ride that Utopian overpass to work every morning. The lights are so bright and blue. The pinks so pink. The convenience so convenient. You feel like you’re on a Tron Light Cycle. Like you’re in a Battlestar Galactica launch tunnel. Matt’s point is, why quibble about …
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A bike path to a Greenway in Mt Roskill

A bike path to a Greenway in Mt RoskillThe opening  of the Roskill Safe Routes late last year was just Act 1 of an impressive plan for a neighbourhood built around safer streets and ecologically rich parks. Now, the widened paths and new crossings that form the Safe Routes will be complemented by a beautiful greenway alongside a lovingly restored waterway. As the rest of the city gets to grips with the power of greenways to transform neighborhoods, this will be a shining example. First, a quick flashback to the official opening of the Roskill Safe Routes in November 2016. The completion of this $4.9m project was a huge win for the Puketapapa Local Board, which had patiently shepherded the vision through several years and a few bumps in the road, bringing together …
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