Did we step up to innovate for cycling and urban spaces?

Did we step up to innovate for cycling and urban spaces?A new walking, cycling and urban upgrade programme was announced by Waka Kotahi in the gloom and uncertainty of 2020. Surrounded by Covid mayhem of project budget blowouts and extended completion dates, we felt a bit like Cinderella stunned by the arrival of the fairy godmother. This blog briefly recalls Bike Auckland’s experience of the …
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Where is Skypath when we need it?

Where is Skypath when we need it?Aucklanders using ferries and bikes are suffering from more than just the added heat and humidity of February. Pressure on deck space on the Devonport ferry service is resulting in some people with bikes being barred access because of congested bike parking space on board. This occurred a number of times last week, causing frustrations …
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Northern Pathway latest designs – have your say by Sunday 19 April!

Northern Pathway latest designs - have your say by Sunday 19 April!Heads up: consultation closes Sunday 19 April on the Northern Pathway Phase 1: Westhaven to Akoranga (aka the pathway formerly known as Skypath and Seapath). You may be thinking “what, again?” We can assure you, this isn’t yet another restart of the project. It’s a refinement as we get closer to construction – and a …
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Let’s ramp up Skypath 2.0! Have your say on the landing designs before 4 September

Let's ramp up Skypath 2.0! Have your say on the landing designs before 4 SeptemberThe Transport Agency is looking for feedback on the landings at each end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path (aka Skypath 2.0). Feedback is open until Wednesday 4 September. The “emerging design” proposes ramps at each end. Lifts and stairs have also been investigated, but are less desirable for a host of reasons. There’ll be …
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Ramping up the design for SkyPath 2.0!

Ramping up the design for SkyPath 2.0!Progress continues on the Harbour Bridge crossing, with the announcement today of an upcoming call for public feedback on how the path will touch down at each end, in Northcote Point and Westhaven. This is a great sign that the NZ Transport Agency is moving things along efficiently and productively, with quick, focused consultations. Consultation on options …
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NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour Bridge

NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour BridgeToday the NZ Transport Agency unveiled its preferred design for a walking and biking pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, breaking the silence around the project since the government confirmed last August it would fund the crossing. Initial images show a pathway along the city side of the bridge: it’s cantilevered off the piers, and roughly …
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SkyPath funding confirmed; delivery firmly in sight!

SkyPath funding confirmed; delivery firmly in sight!On Thursday 22 August, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw confirmed that the government will fund and deliver SkyPath, the walking-biking crossing over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. We’re ecstatic! SkyPath will be funded to the tune of $67m from the National Land Transport Fund as part of a wider (and unprecedented!) …
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Speaking the same language on safety

Speaking the same language on safetyWe welcome Auckland Transport’s recent media release last week, acknowledging the horrific increase since 2014 in deaths and serious injuries for people using AT’s road network (as laid out in the independent safety report commissioned by the AT board). It’s painful but necessary to have this out in the open, and Greater Auckland covered the topic well …
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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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All Quiet on the West Lynn Front?

All Quiet on the West Lynn Front?Please take a second to support this quick-click petition to ensure that Auckland Transport and the Local Board know there’s heaps of support for livelier, lovelier neighbourhoods – in Grey Lynn and beyond. Decades from now, we’ll look back on 2017 and say: that’s when it changed. That’s when Auckland reclaimed its urban mojo, stared …
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An update on SkyPath – a letter from the Chair

An update on SkyPath - a letter from the ChairOf all the questions I’m asked as Chair of Bike Auckland, top of the list is: ‘When, oh, when will we be able to bike and walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge?’ This is a hot topic not just for those of us on bikes; it’s a fervent wish of most Aucklanders, and everyone who visits …
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Bridging the gap: a temporary closure for Lightpath

Bridging the gap: a temporary closure for LightpathIn case you missed the news: Lightpath will be temporarily closed from Tuesday June 6 for up to 9 days, for the resurfacing of the sinuous Canada St Bridge section. The main surface of Lightpath was successfully ‘repinked‘ in March, but the connecting bridge required more testing, as its surface had become delaminated (peeling away from the surface below). …
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Bringing history to light – an Auckland bikeway pioneer

Bringing history to light – an Auckland bikeway pioneerTamaki Drive’s famous cycleway turns 41 today. Despite showing its age a bit, it’s our jewel in the crown, and part of Auckland’s busiest bike route. To celebrate its birthday, we’d like to share some wonderful never-before-seen photos of opening day that recently came our way. The photos arrived in an email to Skypath champion Bevan Woodward from David Lewis, …
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The re-pinkification: a Lightpath resurfacing FAQ

The re-pinkification: a Lightpath resurfacing FAQLightpath/ Te Ara i Whiti and the Canada St Bridge will be closed for repairs and resurfacing, from 1 March for approximately nine days, weather-dependent. Here’s the official press release. In lay terms, the path is getting a fresh coat and some sunscreen to make it last. Bring on the bright-pinker future! The timing isn’t ideal – …
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Photo(s) of the Week: Lightpath

Photo(s) of the Week: LightpathSince opening just over a year ago, Lightpath has inspired cyclists… and photographers. Something about it just calls out to be captured. Here are some beautiful images from Bike Auckland supporter, Mike Borich. We’ve paired them with lines from this fun piece Jolisa Gracewood wrote for Architecture Now magazine back in March…
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