Three options for Lake Rd – let’s go for Goldilocks!

Three options for Lake Rd – let's go for Goldilocks!As anyone who lives on, works in, or visits the North Shore knows, Lake Rd is the only arterial access to the Devonport peninsula. At peak times and on weekends it can grind almost to a halt – if you bike rather than drive, you’ll have noticed this in passing… quite literally. So it’s under a lot of pressure to be as efficient as possible. Auckland Transport is currently investigating three investment approaches to improve the ‘accessibility, reliability, and availability of travel choices to and from the Devonport peninsula’. One option is cheap and quick. Another is long-term and costly. While the third – given a couple of crucial tweaks – is juuuuuust right. Consultation is open until …
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Those dashed yellow lines – we jolly well need them!

Those dashed yellow lines – we jolly well need them!Seen a bike lane blocked or invaded by cars lately? We need your help! Matt Lowrie’s blog post Friday before last had me shouting “Yes! Yes!” Have you read it? It’s a powerful photo essay illustrating what happens when dashed yellow lines are removed from a cycle lane, leaving it to rely on intermittent bike symbols alone to prevent takeover moves by predatory parked cars. We’ve been tackling the same issue with Auckland Transport in a variety of ways for years. Our lack of success has recently got me daydreaming about buying bulk lots of yellow and white paint and grabbing a flash mob to spend our nights painting dashed yellow ‘NO …
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Update – Quick fix to improve cycling safety – pilot on Lake Rd

Wednesday Update – Great to see such keen interest in this subject which I first blogged on Sunday (see below). The comments and likes were made here on the blog and on the FB post. Thanks for your well- informed and strong feedback, support. I’ve been out on my bike again – and have this to report – I had to donate blood in Takapuna yesterday, so set off on my bike from Devonport . En route I met more cars parked in the cycle lane while the drivers wrote texts and took phone calls. I tapped on the window and received an apologetic response from drivers. They said they …
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Greening on Cycle Lanes – the sad, bad and brilliant

Last month one of North Shore’s road cyclists, Mason Spiers, fell from his bike while turning into a side street on North Shore’s busy Lake Road cycling route. The slippery green paint on the cycle lane was a key factor in the incident, so Mason, who helps us from time to time, did us all a favour by telling us about his fall. Mason was not the only one to have fallen foul of the road surface, so we asked AT’s Road Corridor Operations team to check it out. They quickly investigated the incident, and promptly stripped the surface back on this and other side roads on Lake Rd where …
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Lake Rd update

Those who have been following Cycle Action’s campaigns will be aware of the saga of the Lake Rd cycle lanes between Devonport and Takapuna.  First was the battle to get them in, and that of course should have been the end of it.  But never underestimate the motoring lobby if they feel their precious roadway space has been subverted for other means.  A group of disaffected Devonport motorists claimed the cycle lanes caused traffic congestion(!), and mounted a petition with a concerted lobbying campaign to have them removed. With Cycle Action’s support and endorsement, Devonport cyclists raised a counter petition, and the battle was finally won to retain them. A …
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March 2010: Something to cheer about

Two years of wasting public money and Council time has come to an end. North Shore City’s debate over the Lake Road cycle lanes is a sad saga about lack of political leadership, and a more heartening story of those who would not give up supporting the lanes.  After two years, North Shore City has now finally decided this month to retain the lanes, including at the pinch point at Bardia / Winscombe Street (read the New Zealand Herald article here). Council has agreed with the inevitable logic: Advice from the Transport Agency that they risked having to repay the subsidy given to install the lanes ($400,000) helped, as well …
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September 2009 update – Councillors review removal

Can you believe it?  Cycling numbers are up by 50%.  Takapuna Grammar and Belmont Intermediate schools enthusiastically endorse the cycle lanes.  Cyclist safety has been enhanced.  Bus transponder data shows negligible changes in delay for motorists due to the cycle lanes, BUT… … a few disaffected motorists in Devonport have made sufficient noise to get the cycle lane removal back on the agenda of the I&E committee, where sadly they seem to have support from some Councillors whose flawed thinking harks back to last century.  Read what the Herald and North Shore Times have to say. Do your bit – sign the petition in favour of retaining the cycle lanes, …
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The threat is reduced with the Esmonde/Hauraki decision

In a victory for common sense, the North Shore City Council’s I&E Committee has voted to proceed with renovating Lake Rd between Esmonde Rd and Hauraki Corner, and despite considerable opposition, on-road cycle lanes are part of the design. The crux of the issue was that the established design with its associated NZTA subsidies had to progress quickly, or else there would have been a considerable cost blow-out if the project had been delayed.  But it didn’t stop some local groups from trying to derail the initiative by trying to argue the on-road cycle lanes should be converted to off-road/”share with care” or scrapped altogether. Cycle Action made a number …
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