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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Youth steps up for cycling in Waitemata

On Monday, 28 July the new Youth Council was sworn in at the Council chambers. The representative for the Waitemata Local Board is Isabella Lenihan-Ikin. She gave a great speech to the Council and Mayor Len Brown where she challenged them to step up to the challenge of providing cycling as a real transport option for Aucklanders. Her speech is below: Kia Ora Koutou Katoa. It is a privilege and honour to speak here this evening, as a member of the Youth Advisory Panel representing young people from Waitemata. Len Brown, I would firstly like to thank you for being a Mayor who is engaged with all facets of our city; …
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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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Devonport micro projects

Recently, our new representative for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area, Chris Werry, attended the Local Board meeting in June. He proposed that CAA put together a list of micro projects that the Local Board could then focus on completing. The aim is not to complete major projects that require a lot of time, money or consultation but rather to concentrate on small changes that can be made to existing infrastructure to make it more cycle friendly. That could be: better markings on the road/shared path a corner made less abrupt/more visible for cyclists a cycle friendly path through a bulb out to eliminate a pinch point smoother ramp to transition …
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Take your hat off to the Orakei Local Board

Wonderful things keep happening with boardwalks around Orakei, thanks to the Local Board’s commitment to walking and cycling. Dodging between Friday’s south westerly showers, I  went exploring with a friend check out the Orakei shared path boardwalks. We began on the existing Orakei Basin boardwalk first, because we love it – and it’s fun contemplating how it will be widened or duplicated to provide separate north and south flows as part of the Tamaki to Glen Innes project. Can’t wait! We then crossed Orakei Rd to find the newly completed boardwalk that heads towards Shore Rd, overlooking Hobson Bay. It’s great – go see! We were impressed by the wooden …
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Velo-City Global 2014 report from local cycling champion

Guest blog from Pippa Coom, Deputy Chair, Waitemata Local Board The world’s premier cycling planning conference has just been hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere. Velo-City Global 2014 was an amazing opportunity to hear from the experts and discuss ways to create and sustain bike-friendly cities. The conference provided valuable lessons from countries and cities where cycling is a valued part of daily transport and recreation. I was able to attend with assistance from the Waitemata Local Board professional development budget. My conference report back is available here  with highlights of some of the key speakers. As a former committee member of Cycle Action Auckland I was …
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The Queen of Uptown goes on a Road Diet

A while ago, we introduced you to the new moves of the Queen of Uptown (also known by her slightly more prosaic name,  Upper Queen Street Bridge). Now, as part of her extreme makeover, she will go on a major “road diet”, and it has been confirmed that she is losing TWO traffic lanes and one car parking lane. And she’s putting it all into walking & cycling instead. Combined footpath & dedicated cycle path space is now 13m! Compared to 12.4m for motor vehicles! Active modes now get more space than fossil fuel ones. Plus twice 0.8m to buffer cyclists from motorists. Since the latest version of the plan …
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Transit and cycling: Transport BFFs

This (Note: 116 page PDF file) article really captures the way that public transit/transport and cycling work so well together and complement each other’s strength and mitigating their weaknesses. An essential part of this is the provision of cycle parking. I had a cycle stolen at Ellerslie train station (where no cycle parking is provided) within months of arriving in Auckland. This is likely to have discouraged a less fanatical cyclist and got them off the road. But although it is great to see AT putting in more cycle parking at train, busway and ferry stations, the majority of Auckland passengers travel on the old fashioned suburban road buses (with bus lanes if they are …
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The latest news on SkyPath

Great news for the amazing SkyPath project. This is a communication on the new Heads of Agreement (HoA) that was signed by the Auckland Council with Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust and Public Infrastructure Partners (PIP) Fund. The SkyPath team (actually the Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust) now has a non-binding Heads of Agreement with Auckland Council and a private investor, the PIP Fund, which paves the way for future steps (including entering into negotiations) toward a final deal for the funding and delivery of SkyPath. The HoA sets out how Council, the Trust and the PIP Fund will progress feasibility work to assess the project’s viability, including feasibility, community engagement …
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Cycling and our new trains – photo essay

I was away in the weekend cycling the Kaiwhakauka Trail, (linking to the Bridge to Nowhere and the Whanganui River), so I missed riding the new electric train. (The Trail was highly enjoyable and memorable, as was Blue Duck Lodge at Whakahoro, where the Trail starts.  I fully recommend you plan to get to both!) To make up, I popped over yesterday with my bike on the Devonport ferry to ride the new train to Onehunga. It was all that we have been promised – clean lines, spacious, big windows, comfy and quiet.  During the design phase for the trains Cycle Action’s team spent a lot of time working with …
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