Project Watch: April 2019

Project Watch: April 2019April was a short month, with a lovely string of public holidays – so while it offered bonus opportunities to get out and ride, it can be forgiven for not delivering a whole lot of progress on the ground. And we hope we can be forgiven for taking a break and waiting a couple more weeks to let more news trickle in. Which it has, so let’s start with the best bits… WORK UNDER WAY Eastern Busway (AMETI) The one bike project to break ground in April isn’t just for bikes, as the name suggests. Auckland Transport’s huge plan to streamline public transport along 8km from Botany to Panmure – with …
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Bridging communities across the Papakura Stream

Bridging communities across the Papakura StreamThis guest post was created by and with one of our readers, David Hopkins, who lives locally and leads guided rides. If you’re keen to offer support for this great idea, feel free to drop him a line.  Wouldn’t it be handy to be able to walk to the shops, a cafe, train station or frequent bus service? Or to cycle, scoot or otherwise actively get to these services without having to be in a vehicle or interact with busy traffic? To feel safer and more independent in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, or with kids, or a bunch of friends, young or old? What if this walk/cycle/scoot was on …
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Crumbs! Things are looking up for bike parking

Crumbs! Things are looking up for bike parkingWe know Aucklanders who travel using a mixture of bikes, ferries, trains and buses have been starving for good secure, undercover bike racks at public transport terminals and stations since AT was formed, nearly 10 years ago. We share your suffering and frustration! It’s annoying that all along, the barrier has been money – quality bike parking simply didn’t rate for the AT people allocating budgets. This blind spot has become ever more glaring as we all celebrate Aucklanders flocking to the public transport network.  Bikes are the key to a healthy, versatile, efficient and well-used public transport network – something the Dutch know well, given half of their train journeys begin with …
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Project Watch – March 2019

Project Watch - March 2019We’re back with our monthly round-up of Auckland’s progress towards a bike-friendly city! And we know what you want to hear about: shovels in the ground. Honest-to-goodness cycleways you can use, and more bike-friendly streets as roads get repaved around the city. You made that pretty clear in our reader survey at the beginning of the year… Big ticket items Let’s address the #1 item of interest first. On the one hand, NZTA has just invited expressions of interest for SeaPath and notes its crucial connection to ‘the planned Auckland Harbour Bridge (AHB) Shared Path Project to link across the Waitemata Harbour.’ On the other hand, the plan for delivering SkyPath – or …
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Today of all days, a world-first transport policy for Auckland!

Today of all days, a world-first transport policy for Auckland!Auckland looks set to lead the world – and flood the streets with bikes – thanks to a revolutionary funding idea that would see every citizen given a free bicycle or the equivalent. Documents have been obtained today by Bike Auckland that outline a policy to reallocate the funding set aside for building cycling infrastructure. Under the official name 2020 Vision, the policy would redeploy the $900m originally earmarked for Walking, Cycling, and Local Board Priorities over the coming decade under the ATAP agreement. This amounts to about $500 per city resident, which coincidentally is the price of a decent average bicycle. Apparently inspired by the tireless work of local charities …
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Project Watch – February 2019

Project Watch - February 2019Welcome to our new Project Watch feature – a monthly round-up of Auckland’s progress (or lack thereof) towards being a great place to bike. These monthly round-ups will highlight what’s happening with key cycling-related projects across the city. Our information comes from public sources, as well as from our regular meetings and close working relationships with the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, and Auckland Council, among other partners. We’ll strive to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, and we warmly welcome your thoughts and questions. To kick things off, we ran a survey to find out what you most want to hear about, and you came in loud and clear! Whenever …
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2018: A Year in Review

2018: A Year in ReviewWell, nobody can say 2018 was a dull year for cycling in Auckland. It featured a few big victories, some typical setbacks, and some unexpected happenings, both good and bad. And above all, biking to grow in momentum, diversity, and style, and give us all a lot of joy. So here’s to 2018! Let’s scroll through the calendar and capture some of the highlights… It was a heated start to the year: we’d only started our summer holidays when news arrived that works on the Quay Street Stage II bikeway expansion had been (temporarily) halted by protesters, As we explained in a blog post and an article for The Spinoff, …
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