A new player arrives in the bike infrastructure market

A new player arrives in the bike infrastructure marketOne of the less obvious indicators of the health of cycling is the emergence of new suppliers to the infrastructure market. The latest of these is RTL, which has provided road signs and traffic safety equipment in this country for more than 25 years. Two months ago it launched the American Saris range of public pumps, bike repair stands and other infrastructure here. Bike Auckland welcomes RTL to the party, not least because it has partnered with us as an advertiser on this website. We asked the RTL team to background their move into cycling infrastructure: How do you describe the market for public bike repair stands and public pumps?  …
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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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Hot button topic – join a research trial for instant bike feedback!

Hot button topic - join a research trial for instant bike feedback!Many of us have paused along a ride to take a photo and report an issue, or tweet our admiration or frustration. But what if you could instantly record and report your experiences, both positive and negative, with just a click of a button? Sensibel is a clever new piece of kit that lets you give a quick thumbs up – or a thumbs down – as you go, and fill in the details later. The reports are geotagged to location, and can be easily aggregated and anonymised to determine hot spots for fixing and/or check if bike infrastructure is working as planned.  Keen to see how it works? Hamish McNair, …
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AT decides on Section 4 of Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive

AT decides on Section 4 of Glen Innes to Tamaki DriveIt’s been a long time coming, but on the 4th of August, Auckland Transport at last announced its preferred route for Section 4 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path (GI2TD). The immediate response from much of the bike community was ‘…huh?’ The decision-making process had been, as far as the public was concerned, a black box – so, naturally, everyone is eager to know how and why the choice was made. This blog post is a placeholder: we plan to host a public meeting in early September to allow AT to present fully on the plan for Section 4, along with two directly linked projects. The big picture …
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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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‘Dynamic’ – or dinosaur? AT’s Whangaparaoa experiment

'Dynamic' – or dinosaur? AT's Whangaparaoa experimentAT is patting itself on the back for being smart with technology: they’re planning to squeeze an extra lane into a road currently painted for two opposing lanes with long flush medians, by using on-ground lights and overhead gantries to allow cars to drive along the flush median at peak times. Like the ‘zipper’ device on the Harbour Bridge, this reversible middle lane is a technique for accommodating tidal flows of morning and evening traffic. The lucky location for the first trial of this dynamic lane technology, which will run for a year and a half, is the landward end of Whangaparaoa Rd, which runs along the spine of the …
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Bike to the future: a 10 year plan for cycling in Auckland

Bike to the future: a 10 year plan for cycling in AucklandRemember when Auckland had a paltry $5 million across 3 years to spend on all improvements for walking AND cycling across the entire city? Us neither! Those bad old days seem eons ago – yet it was only in 2015 that the Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) unlocked extra funding and kickstarted the bike boom, the effects of which we’re just starting to see. Now, Auckland Transport along with the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council, is looking a decade into the future with an investment business case for cycling investment 2018-2028. Yesterday, the AT Board formally approved it. The guts: a proposed combined investment of $600million over the next 10 years …
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