Great rides with kids – a new resource!

Great rides with kids - a new resource!Kids and bikes: one of the most natural combinations in the world, and also one of the most eagerly searched topics at Bike Auckland. Our lists of great places to ride with children have always been popular, especially every time the holidays roll around! Now we’ve taken a step up, with a new searchable database of great rides that you can filter by location, ability level, and other features. We’re delighted to launch this fabulous resource, brought to you by hours of behind-the-scenes work by a dedicated volunteer, Tracey-Lee Pettifer, and our wonderful pro-bono technical and design team at Sandfield. Check out Bike Auckland’s brand new Rides page – featuring, for starters, ten …
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Lost and found – a wayfinding fiasco

Lost and found – a wayfinding fiascoFor experienced navigators of the city, it can be hard to remember what it was like just starting out. We get used to figuring out how to get from A to B by following the breadcrumbs, or the ant trail of other people on bikes. Once you know the way, it can be almost impossible to return to what the Zen masters call ‘Beginner’s mind’. But with Auckland Transport reviewing its paper bike maps (and looking at map apps for the digitally enhanced among us), it’s ever more crucial to see things with fresh eyes. Enter Neil, a retired school teacher who regularly bikes around his Henderson neighbourhood for exercise. He contacted us the other day with the following good-humoured tale of …
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Put yourself on the bike map – time for an update!

Put yourself on the bike map – time for an update!Auckland Transport is currently working with Bike Auckland to review the content and size of all our city cycle maps – and your ideas are crucial. Here’s a link to a speedy survey about what you look for in a bike map, and what you think of the existing ones. Bike maps are such a key element of a bikeable city. Every time I represent Bike Auckland at an event for people keen to give biking a go, or for families whose children are raring to take their parents biking in the weekends, or speak at a community group interested in helping their members become more active or curious to explore the city by bike… I’m …
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How a smaller Cycle Network helps us all

How a smaller Cycle Network helps us allIt’s not every day that you see cycle advocates happy at seeing bike routes removed from a planning map – but in this case, we are. Because after years of advocacy, Auckland Transport has now removed the bus lanes from the ‘existing cycle facilities’ map of the official Auckland Cycle Network. In other words, the maps no longer claim that roads like Remuera Rd or Symonds Street are finished parts of the cycle network. Reality wins, and so does better forward planning from now on. This deceptively simple step took years of advocacy from ourselves, and from some good local politicians like Pippa Coom, Deputy Chair of the Waitemata Local Board. …
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Putting bikes on the map – what’s out there?

Putting bikes on the map - what's out there?One of the things people search for most often on our website is info about maps. And we know joining the dots between safe cycleways, quiet streets, and new on-road bike lanes can be a challenge, especially when existing maps are contradictory and not always up-to-date. So we asked Bike Auckland stalwart (and self-proclaimed ‘resident map geek’) Daniel Cranston – who has spent the last few months creating his own AKLcyclemap – for a round-up of what’s out there… Riding a bike is something done for a very diverse range of reasons, not to mention the diversity in confidence and skill levels. Personally, I ride a bike mainly to get around, with the odd exploration adventure thrown in. …
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SkyPath Northern Connectors

We were as excited as anyone when the AHB Pathway Trust team lodged their resource consents for SkyPath last month.  The jewel in the crown of Auckland’s walking and cycling network is rapidly approaching a reality, and we can’t wait! Even John Key‘s keen to get a cycle path over the Harbour Bridge. So it’s timely to discuss how people will connect with SkyPath, and what they’ll do. This post looks at the northern end, with a focus on cyclists of course, but not forgetting our walking friends who are just as excited as we are.  And the southern side?  We’ll post on this too in due course. So who’s …
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Where is cycling growing?

With the manual cycle counts from March now out (2013 reports here), and showing an 11% increase to 2012, we were curious where the greatest increases (and the odd decrease) where. Because a one-day count will always have the problem of fluctuating based on weather – but you can still clearly see localised trends by comparing whether individual sites have higher numbers (or grew at a different rate than the overall results). The weather in Henderson is unlikely to be massively different than in Howick! Please note that for the map, we have used the AADT estimates for cyclist movements (AADT is traffic engineer speak for “number over the whole …
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