More roads… or more modes? Our take on the NZ Upgrade Programme

More roads... or more modes? Our take on the NZ Upgrade ProgrammeDear Members and Friends of Bike Auckland, I was invited by the Prime Minister’s office to attend the 29 January 2020 launch of the Government’s big New Zealand Upgrade Programme, heralding $6.8 billion investment for new and upgraded infrastructure projects across the country. As the launch rolled out I was initially overwhelmed by the list …
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Give Me Room: A campaign for a safe passing rule

Give Me Room: A campaign for a safe passing ruleYou never really forget what a close pass feels like. You’re tootling happily along on your bike and then, without warning, a motor vehicle roars past, sometimes close enough to touch. Even when it’s not that close, the noise and the air pressure fluctuations of a close pass are enough to get your heart racing. …
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Bikes are fun(ded)! The plan for Auckland as a cycling city

Bikes are fun(ded)! The plan for Auckland as a cycling cityUnless you’ve been totally out of media range, you’ll have heard about ATAP: a short acronym for the biggest change in AKL’s transport planning for decades, the Auckland Transport Alignment Project. The news stories have focused mainly on public transport: all the new light rail lines, busways and other improvements on the way. On this score, our …
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Help set the scene for cycling for the next 10 years!

Help set the scene for cycling for the next 10 years!The GPS (Government Policy Statement) for Land Transport sets the nationwide direction for transport investment for the next decade. The Government wants feedback on its new draft from local government, the transport sector and community groups – and individuals are also welcome to have a say. This is your chance to be the change you wish to …
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The new GPS: a push for Skypath – and rebalancing priorities

The new GPS: a push for Skypath - and rebalancing prioritiesMedia Release: Final push for Skypath welcomed – Bike Auckland applauds Government’s rebalancing of transport priorities 6 April 2018 Bike Auckland is celebrating the government’s new draft land transport policy, which boosts cycling and walking investment and ensures the swift completion of Skypath and Seapath, fixing the crucial ‘missing link’ across Auckland’s harbour. People on both …
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Yes, Ministers! Meet NZ’s new transport team

Yes, Ministers! Meet NZ's new transport teamThe ministerial portfolios were announced today – and, in charge of transport for the next term will be Phil Twyford (Labour MP for Te Atatu), Julie Anne Genter (Greens) as Associate Transport Minister, and Shane Jones (NZ First) as Associate Transport inside cabinet. Because a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are a couple of really eloquent …
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We Voted Bike – and won a strong tail wind!

We Voted Bike – and won a strong tail wind!It’s official: the new government will be Labour-led with support from NZ First and backup from the Greens. And the policy overlaps of the coalition promise some big wins for a more bikeable Auckland, like… renewing the Urban Cycleways Programme investing in safe neighbourhood routes, especially to schools. (This was already Green Party policy; Bike Auckland …
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Dutch scenes in a British context – lessons for New Zealand

Dutch scenes in a British context - lessons for New ZealandTake a look at these powerful images from the blog Alternative Department of Transport, created by transposing typical Dutch cyclists into a British street environment… which could just as easily be a New Zealand street environment. (The images were so popular, there was a follow-up post with more.) Straight away it becomes blindingly obvious why women, children and the elderly …
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Submit on SkyPath – key issues guide coming in January

Earlier this month the Resource Consent for SkyPath was fully publicly notified – meaning that anyone can make a submission on the project before 23 January. This is a big project for Auckland and we encourage you to take the time to make a personal submission. It’s important to let the Commissioners know that Aucklanders …
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Commuting into the Auckland CBD from Onehunga

A post from CAA member Geoff. We always love to blog posts from members and you can remain anonymous if you prefer. It doesn’t matter what the post is about as long as it is vaguely cycling related. 500 words is all we ask for and maybe some nice photos. For the last four years I’ve …
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Have a merry SkyPath

SkyPath, the project to add a walk & cycleway to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, has come enormously far in the last couple years – even if much of that work, after the big protest in 2009, was “behind closed doors”. Convincing decisionmakers that it was required. Convincing authorities that it was feasible. Convincing a funder …
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SeaPath? NaturePath?

Our post on SkyPath’s Northern Connectors has generated a lot of comment and it’s great to see the support not just for SkyPath itself but endorsement of the need for multiple routes catering for many different user requirements. So let’s have a closer look at SeaPath – the generic name for the connector between SkyPath and southern Takapuna …
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Further update to- Govt adds new cycling money – a step change for New Zealand?

27th Aug – FURTHER UPDATE: We sincerely apologise to our readers and all those who knew better than our original blog as to the source of this funding. We need to place on record that, the Govt’s money is new crisp notes from the Consolidated Fund.  The Government has announced today that it will allocate …
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Further update to- Govt adds new cycling money – a step change for New Zealand?

27th Aug – FURTHER UPDATE: We sincerely apologise to our readers and all those who knew better than our original blog as to the source of this funding. We need to place on record that, the Govt’s money is new crisp notes from the Consolidated Fund.  The Government has announced today that it will allocate …
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