A better Mission Bay for everyone (is now possible)

A better Mission Bay for everyone (is now possible)After some underwhelming plans for St Heliers recently, AT looks to be heading in a better direction with Mission Bay. Read on below for the background, the bits we like, and our ideas to make it even better – then help us by adding your voice in support with our handy submission guide! For our …
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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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Summer riding nearing completion for two new cycleways!

Summer riding nearing completion for two new cycleways!This post is short and sweet, because good news speaks for itself – and because we know you love maps! We have a couple of smart women in Waka Kotahi/ NZ Transport Agency to thank for leading the way, by providing maps that show how to bike to the two big cycleway projects the Agency …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Bike to the future – taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanes

Bike to the future - taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanesPart 1 in a short series on the planned walking and biking improvements for Pt Chevalier. Feedback closes Sunday 23 April – read about the proposal here, and have your say ASAP!  I love Pt Chev for many reasons – not least, because it’s literally got a point: it’s a near-perfect triangle, about as wide as it is tall, leading to a …
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All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nah

All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nahSimon Wilson at The Spinoff has written a cracker of a piece about the East-West Link, the Onehunga roading project currently facing a Board of Inquiry at the Environment Court to see if it will be allowed to be fast-tracked. Of the extremely large number of public submissions (you can see the analysis here), the vast majority (85%) oppose the plan. …
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Hot stuff: Auckland’s secret to cycling success

Hot stuff: Auckland's secret to cycling successHave you noticed the magnificent blast of publicity for our glorious pink path, Te Ara i Whiti/ Lightpath, over the past week? Just as we were becoming a bit blase about seeing our sexy, sleek lick of colour in magazines and papers, the latest deluge of images reminds us that Lightpath is now a defining element of …
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Signs of the times – your feedback needed

Signs of the times - your feedback neededFollowing your nose can be a great way to get creatively lost on a bike and find things you weren’t looking for. But it can be a less than successful strategy if you’re just trying to get from A to B on time – and especially while safe new networks are still in the process of being built and …
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The Island Bay Cycleway – Terribly Important and Nothing New

The Island Bay Cycleway – Terribly Important and Nothing NewProfessor Alistair Woodward, from the School of Population Health at Auckland University, takes a look at the heated discussion around Wellington’s newest cycleway… and discover it’s deja vu all over again. (This article reposted with kind permission of Otago University’s Public Health Expert blog.) This is a sensible move to make the city safer and more attractive for …
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