The final leap – linking the Glen Innes path to Tamaki Drive

The final leap - linking the Glen Innes path to Tamaki DriveTe Ara ki Uta ki Tai, our Great Eastern Cycleway from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive, continues to snake its way towards the city. In the last week, Auckland Transport has narrowed down the options for the final section: Stage 4, which will connect the Orakei train station to Tamaki Drive. Three options have been selected for further investigation. The big question is: how will they connect to AT’s proposed but dangerous south-side Tamaki Drive Cycleway from Ngapipi to town – and how could they work with Bike Auckland’s much talked about north-side alternative? With feedback on Tamaki Drive closing on 18 June, we think the case is now even stronger for a safe, logical, connected two-way cycleway along the …
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How 2km of concrete has changed one family’s life

How 2km of concrete has changed one family's lifeCharmaine, who blogs as ‘Buzzy in the Burbs‘, is keen to inspire others to get out and explore far and wide, be it on foot or bike. She shares with us how her family has fallen in love with the new cycleway in their back yard… Who would have thought 2km of concrete would change the way my family and I exercise? Well, the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Cycle Path (Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai) has done just that, with the arrival of the first 1.7km-long stage of what will soon be a great pathway from the eastern suburbs to the city. I have always enjoyed exercising, and BC (Before Children) …
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Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive – some steps on the way

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive - some steps on the wayUnlike its flashier city cousin Lightpath, the first stage of our ‘Eastern Path’ (Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai, from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive) hasn’t been in the news much since it opened. This isn’t unexpected – unlike Lightpath, this new section of cycleway isn’t at the busy city end of an established bike route into town. Expecting heaps of demand from the get-go would be a bit like building an isolated chunk of the Northwestern Cycleway out in Te Atatu first, and then wondering why a whole bunch of people weren’t rushing to ride it into the CBD. That deluge will come with the construction of Section 2 and 4 and the widening of Section 3. All sections are funded …
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News we can use: how Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai fits in

News we can use: how Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai fits inAfter the official opening of the first stretch of the great eastern shared path last week, the big question on many people’s lips is: how do we get there? When the full path is complete, you’ll be able to ride from town. But for now, you can make your way via train to Glen Innes to ride the first part. Or, if you’re local, just bowl up to one end or the other, Merton Rd near the train station, or St Johns Rd next to the Sunhill Garden Centre. (Also, if you’re local: got any hot tips for fun things to do at either end, or useful approaches to the path if you’re traveling …
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Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai – a shining new path from inland to the sea

Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai – a shining new path from inland to the seaIt’s the best way I can think of to end a wonderful year. A morning breaking into warm sunlight, a big gang of local kids on bikes, a diverse cluster of people from across Auckland, and politicians in their finery keen to declare another project completed – always one of the happiest moments of the job. The stage was set perfectly for the ribbon-cutting for Stage 1 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki cycleway – to be known as Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai, a perfect name gifted by mana whenua for the path that flows from inland to the sea. The route of the cycleway is best viewed from the …
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The great glorious eastern pathway opens Friday 9 December!

The great glorious eastern pathway opens Friday 9 December!Hey Auckland, have we got an early Christmas present for you! The anticipation is building… not long till we can ride Stage 1 of the spectacular Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path, which will eventually go all the way from GI Train Station to Tamaki Drive and the CBD. It’s wonderful to see this great eastern pathway emerge to balance the expanding Northwestern cycleway – feels like Auckland’s spreading its wings to truly take off for people on bikes. Come along this Friday morning for the official opening of the first 1.7km! When: 9.15 for a 9.30am start Where: The marquee at the Sunhill Garden Centre, 317 St Johns Rd, St Heliers. The Transport Minister, Hon. …
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A cycleway rises in the east… our first peek at GI-Tamaki

A cycleway rises in the east... our first peek at GI-TamakiDo you feel that we’ve been having a biking Christmas each month, lately? Think about it. We’ve had the the national and international awards for the Pink Path, the spectacular growth on cycling routes all around it, the rapid delivery of Quay St and its opening last month, and the sod-turning near Lincoln Rd to extend the NW cycleway towards Westgate. It all makes for an exhilarating cascade of biking goodies. The next goodie under the tree will be Stage 1 of the big new eastern route that will mirror the NW cycleway: the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path. Construction of the first stage, a 1.4km stretch from St John’s Rd …
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On two wheels out east: announcing an Eastern Suburbs bike burb

On two wheels out east: announcing an Eastern Suburbs bike burbLive in Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs and think your burb may be missing out on some of the (cycling) action? Well, fret no longer. The launch of a new bike burb group is changing all that! So, who are we and what are we all about? Well, so far we’re four ordinary locals (male and female, Kiwi, Poms and Dutch) who happen to love biking and want to make the Eastern Suburbs more bike-friendly. (The Dutch bike is the coolest one of all!) We’re all about promoting cycling as a means of local transport, improving local cycling facilities like bike lanes, and just having a bit of fun on two wheels, …
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Speaking for you – Glen Innes to Tamaki, Stage 2

Speaking for you - Glen Innes to Tamaki, Stage 2Much of Bike Auckland’s work happens behind the scenes in meetings throughout the week with AT, NZTA and their project teams. We also make formal submissions on cycleway projects. This work is done gratis by engineering-savvy volunteers who have really full-on day jobs. They love biking so much they sweet talk their families into allowing them time in the weekends and nights on their keyboards for all of us who make up Bike Auckland. Are they heroes – You bet! Here”s an example –  BA supplied feedback on Stage 2 of NZTA’s GI-Tamaki shared path, the grand eastern cycleway project funded by the Urban Cycleways Programme, that will run along the green spine from Glen Innes station …
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Open Days – Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path

Open Days - Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared PathKeen to find out more about how the GI to Tamaki path will open up the eastern suburbs? There are two open days this week where you can meet the project team, see the designs for the path, and ask questions about current progress and plans. This is a great opportunity to get a sense of the overall project, dig into the detail, and meet some of the hard-working people behind the designs and diggers. Where: St Chads Church, 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank When: Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th April, 3pm – 7pm Section one (Merton Road to St Johns Road) is already under way, and should be completed late …
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Delighting in diversity – designing the new Orakei Bay Boardwalk

Delighting in diversity – designing the new Orakei Bay BoardwalkAuckland’s cycleways are a cornucopia of riding experiences. We’ve got the flashy (LightPath); the sophisticated (Canada St Bridge); the grungy (NW through Kingsland); the silky smooth (NW at Te Atatu); the hidden reveal of Grafton Gully and the urban chic at Westhaven. They’re wildly different in function, character, length and width, but we’re used to their diversity. Until recently, gaining new cycling facilities has been a haphazard and torturous process. New projects were rare gems; long anticipated and hard won. Little wonder that we showered praise and gratitude on the builders and funders, and tended not to niggle too much about those aspects that fell a bit short of ‘best …
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A tale of two paths – big bikeways, local streets, and community connectivity

A tale of two paths - big bikeways, local streets, and community connectivityThis is a tale of two paths. We begin out west, on a stretch of the Northwestern Cycleway. This is a ‘road of national significance’ for people on bikes – a commuter path from the far west into town. But at the local level, it also makes all sorts of handy journeys possible for people like Penny and her family, who use the path to access school, daycare, and work. Motorway-style routes have a seductive A to B directness, whether they’re for cars or bikes, but what makes them truly useful, as Penny’s family’s story shows, is the exits – the on- and off-ramps, if you will. Of course, the Western Springs/ Kingsland stretch of the NW cycleway is especially rich in access …
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Help make Glen Innes and environs friendlier for people on bikes!

Help make Glen Innes and environs friendlier for people on bikes!With the sod about to be turned on the transformational Glen Innes to Tamaki shared path, Auckland Transport is currently seeking feedback about biking conditions out east. Creating better links to the Glen Innes train station is the spur, but beyond that the idea to make the whole neighbourhood more inviting to all ages. Auckland Transport (AT) want to identify roads/routes that could be improved in Glen Innes, Point England, Saint Heliers and the surrounding areas so that people of all ages and abilities can feel safe riding a bike. Improving links to Glen Innes Station is a key priority, as funding from the government’s Urban Cycle Programme has been allocated …
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Visions on wheels – AT’s big cycling plan for the next 3 years

Visions on wheels - AT's big cycling plan for the next 3 yearsHave you seen Auckland Transport’s proposal for cycling for the next three years, to be presented to the Board this coming Tuesday? These are the projects we heard about at Kathryn King’s presentation a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to share with you. Now they’re available for all to see. The full PDF is here, and TransportBlog has the nitty-gritty (and a vigorous discussion). The programme boils down to this: $207 million invested in cycling over the next 3 years, if fully delivered $179m of that spent on dedicated cycle projects $20m +/- on cycle facilities delivered through other projects $8m+on programmes to encourage people onto bikes 53km of new cycle routes and an increase in annual cycle …
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More infrastructure = more cycling = better health

More infrastructure = more cycling = better healthNo great surprises here, but research in the United States has found a link between improved cycle infrastructure and positive health outcomes. The research specifically concentrated on the development of the Minneapolis Greenway and the effect on travelling patterns in the areas near the Greenway. The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile [8.8 km] long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis with bicycling and walking trails. It sounds very similar to the Glenn Innes – Tamaki cycleway, work on which is due to start shortly. In fact, there is a proposal in Minneapolis to build a street car (tram) line along the Greenway to cash in on the fantastic synergy between public …
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