Henderson-Massey Links – have your say!

Henderson-Massey Links – have your say!The Henderson-Massey Local Board is seeking feedback for their Draft Connections Plan by Wednesday 17 April 2019. The plan aims to ‘connect neighbourhoods to key destinations including public transport hubs, schools, local shops, libraries and parks in a bid to help more people ditch the car and embrace walking and cycling where possible.’ Check out the draft plan in PDF (which includes a detailed map) and add your voice in support. If you’ve only got one minute, just say YES to Question 1 to support the plan. If you have a bit more time, check out our feedback guide below – created with expert local help from one of the oldest and …
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What’s the plan? Quick – have your say on Local Board Plans

What's the plan? Quick - have your say on Local Board PlansThe days are short and the weeks feel shorter – and suddenly it’s almost closing time for feedback on Local Board Plans.  Feedback closes 4pm Friday 30 June – make sure you have your say!  Q. Why is this important? Because your Local Board is one of 21 hyper-local bodies with significant place-making power. Via your Local Board, you can transform the streets you live, walk, and bike on – from little things like better bike parking, or ramps instead of hard curbs, to area-wide issues like safer speeds and Vision Zero and greenways through parks. The Local Board Plan will cover the next three years… and you can get a lot done in three years! Your board …
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Talking to Local Boards 101: a timely workshop

Talking to Local Boards 101: a timely workshopYou probably have ideas about how Auckland should spend your rates. And, as a local, you probably have smart ideas about clever projects in your neighbourhood that would make life better for people on bikes (or on foot). Well, good news: it’s budget time – which means consultation is now open for your thoughts on the city’s budgets and priorities over the next three years. And your Local Board could use your help identifying possible projects. So how do you get the ball rolling – especially if you’ve never approached a Local Board before? Bike Auckland to the rescue! We’re running a Bike Burb Hui that will take you through the ins and outs of making a submission – and most importantly, …
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Roskill Safe Streets are under way, at last!

Roskill Safe Streets are under way, at last!Puketapapa/ Mount Roskill is bisected by SH20, but it’s also blessed with connected ribbons of green: extensive parks where wide paths run alongside daylighted streams in the shade of willow trees. They’re a breath of fresh air for the urban cyclist. Rolling through Walmsley Park on Tuesday morning I found myself thinking, ‘Am I in Christchurch? Or Cambridge? Or somewhere on the outskirts of Amsterdam?’ Now, thanks to the long-term vision of the Local Board and Auckland Transport, those wonderful greenways will be connected by shared paths along traffic-calmed streets to create the Mount Roskill Safe Routes, which run all the way from Mt Albert to Waikowhai Bay. (You can see some before photos here, thanks to Roskill Community Voice.) Tuesday’s sod-turning ceremony …
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Underused or better used? Chamberlain Park and the NW Cycleway

Underused or better used? Chamberlain Park and the NW CyclewayThe possible revamp of the Chamberlain Park golf course (the only Auckland golf course both owned and operated by Council) has been in the news quite a bit recently. Currently, it is a very large and lush piece of greenscape at the Mt Albert / Pt Chevalier border that is open only to paying golfers – but the Albert-Eden local board wants to open it up for new path links, and more recreational activities than golf alone. We won’t go into the discussions about the pros and cons of golf versus other activities here (some of this has been discussed on TransportBlog). As the Cycle Action organisation itself, we don’t have strong feelings …
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UCF projects: Waterview Shared Path PLUS

In this short series, we discuss [not necessarily in order of importance] the various Auckland cycle projects that have achieved funding from the Urban Cycleway Fund, and thus are likely to be built in the next 3 years. The Waterview Shared Path was pretty controversial in its time. As you can see from past blogs (1, 2) on our website, it wasn’t easy convincing decisionmakers to include it, and in the end, it fell to the Board of Inquiry making a judgement on NZTA’s efforts to mitigate their big motorway project. Happily, a number of major walking and cycling improvements were finally ordered by the court as part of the mitigation package, including …
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Chamberlain Park Masterplan – feedback due by 2 June

Chamberlain Park Masterplan - feedback due by 2 JuneWe’ve been following the Albert-Eden Local Board’s plans for Chamberlain Park for some months now, with particular interest in the proposal to make this beautiful green space more accessible via cycling and walking paths. Now, feedback is being invited on a Masterplan that provides four different options – all of which rely on a baseline plan that creates two new north-south paths through the park, and links to streets to the west and south of the park. What’s more, the baseline plan notes that “a future shared pedestrian and cycle bridge [across] the Northwestern Motorway … is highlighted as a long-term aspiration.” This would not only reconnect Chamberlain Park to Western Springs (at the Motions Rd intersection), but would also provide …
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