Northern Corridor Improvements – what’s in it for bikes?

Northern Corridor Improvements - what's in it for bikes?The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has come a long way. When Transit NZ (motorway builders) merged with the LTSA (Land Transport Safety Authority) to form the NZTA back in 2008, it was pretty clear the motorway builders were still in control, and consideration for public transport, walking and cycling was far from their minds. Times have changed over the last seven years, although you still see vestiges of the old guard down in Wellington trying to construct a monstrous flyover around the Basin Reserve. We have a much more enlightened NZTA team in Auckland.  The motorway builders are still at it of course, in this case connecting up the Western Ring Route …
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Upper Harbour Drive to get walking and cycling upgrade

We’ve had an update from Auckland Transport about walking and cycling improvements in progress on Upper Harbour Drive. There’ll be traffic management in place throughout the works, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Steve Southall, Cycle Action’s infrastructure rep for the North Shore, gives some context: This is largely positive news. Upper Harbour Drive is an important route for cyclists, connecting Tauhinu Rd/bridge cyclepath with Albany Highway. We say “largely positive” because the work will certainly benefit existing cyclists by making the route safer and more attractive, and the nature of the improvements may also encourage some others to hop on a bike. [Ed: AT’s own cycle count logged 77 riders on a …
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Summer in Auckland – holiday day- rides

Guest blog from Jane Admore, Cycle Action’s Membership Secretary Having family back from Europe these holidays we’ve remained in Auckland. Vehicle numbers are way down, and although not quite reaching the urban cycling highlights described in Steve’s wonderful blog, it’s a pretty damn fine city. We took the visitors, (habitual London cyclists who we are trying to lure home), down Grafton Gully to the waterfront for coffee. They were stunned by the changes in Auckland they left 5 years ago. The good weather certainly helped. We often bike to the local beaches where families have their day tempered by the rhythm of the tide. (We also enjoy avoiding traffic queues …
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Update on Northwestern Cycleway in the Te Atatu area

Update from the Causeway Alliance on changes to the Northwestern Cycleway  We previously communicated that a couple of changes to the Northwestern Cycleway in the Te Atatu area would take place during November 2014.  Due to revisions of the construction programme the timing of these changes has now been moved and is outlined below. In late January 2015, cycle path users will be detoured along Alwyn Ave, away from the Te Atatu Rd/SH16 intersection, while works take place. We anticipate this detour will be in place for around 6 months to allow construction of the underpass not to affect cyclists and pedestrians too much. The McCormick Green section of cycleway …
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The Bicycle: The amazing space saving device

Riding a bike isn’t just: a fun way to travel healthy giving independence and freedom back to children good for the environment a great way to connect with public transport a cheap way to travel engaging with your local community supporting local businesses It is also about conserving one of the most precious commodities a city has, space. With more space we can create better places for social interaction, more green space, plant more trees, create more playgrounds and connect communities. Bicycles are the perfect city mobility machine.
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Who wants to ride in Auckland & Taming The Strand

This month’s Cycle Action public meeting will bring you 2 hot topics for discussion THIS THURSDAY: The results of the Auckland Transport’s 2014 cycling survey of 1,250 Aucklanders. This is such second large-scale professional survey undertaken by AT, so makes for interesting reading. Melanie Alexander has been responsible for overseeing the survey in AT and has kindly agreed to present the survey results and lead the discussion. The results of the extensive study of cycle and pedestrian safety on Parnell’s Stanley Street / The Strand. This is highly topical as the route is a major connector route between Tamaki Drive and the nearly completed Grafton Gully/Beach Rd cycleway. Sam Corbett …
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Northcote Safe Cycling Route

The Northcote/Birkenhead areas are primarily residential suburbs dominated by arterial roads catering for motorists travelling between home and motorway.  There is minimal cycling infrastructure, and cycling numbers are low. But good news – times are changing.  The Kaipatiki Local Board is making a strong push for their Kaipatiki Connections Network Plan, which aspires to connect transport nodes, town centres, schools and community facilities through a network of walking and cycling paths.  Meanwhile, AT is under pressure to deliver the Auckland Cycle Network, particularly where this ties in with SkyPath, cycle commuter routes, and local schools. So it’s great to see the Northcote Safe Cycling Route conceived, which addresses both organisations’ requirements. …
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