Labour’s cycling policy a welcome leap forward

Labour’s cycling policy a welcome leap forwardMedia release: 1.00pm, Friday 25 August 2017 Bike Auckland welcomes Labour’s policy announcement today, confirming ongoing commitment to the Urban Cycleways Fund, a new fund for active neighbourhoods, and a promise to fund Skypath. ‘We’re delighted Labour will roll over the Urban Cycleways Fund. It’s been the most powerful boost for biking ever seen in Auckland, creating a 44% increase in cycling into the central city from the western suburbs alone, and 45,600 new bikers across the city in the past year,’* says Barb Cuthbert, Chair of Bike Auckland. ‘The numbers just continue to grow as the safe network expands.’ ‘The Fund is helping to transform transport choice in Auckland. …
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2015 – Let’s stop the cynical game of cycle-washing!

2015 - Let's stop the cynical game of cycle-washing!We’ve seen it all before with ‘green – washing’. Now it’s ‘cycle – washing’. A classic recent instance is Auckland Council’s large image of a happy woman on a bike on the cover of the draft Long Term Plan discussion document. Many people have drawn it to my attention.  It appears to be somewhat cynical exercise – she’s fronting a plan to cut our current miserable cycling budget by 50%! AT seem to be following a similar path with their St Lukes interchange project. Here’s AT’s official story as presented to a public meeting last month. AT regrets that the trees will be lost but a major benefit is that …
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Of Social Media, Politicians, Sacred Cows (and safe cycling)

I recently blogged on AT’s proposal for the Northcote Safe Cycle Route.  Apart from a connectivity issue at Onewa Rd which needs to be remedied, Cycle Action is strongly in favour of this proposal, and we compliment AT on a sound design that meets both strategic and local objectives. But I sensed some criticism of AT’s plan, and recent press coverage has confirmed it.  Amongst others, Councillor George Wood was apparently not in favour, and I was anxious to discover why.  Here is a plan that is in alignment with both the Kaipatiki Local Board’s strategy and AT’s Auckland Cycle Network strategy, and would deliver protected cycleways or shared paths over …
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Dutch cycling continues to grow

Some of the amazing cycling statistics that come out of the Netherlands (e.g. Groningen, a town of almost 200,000 people in the north of the Netherlands, where nearly 60% of all journeys are made by bicycle) seem almost beyond belief. This despite the fact that in the 1950s and 1960s many Dutch cities, including Groningen, had been re-engineered to be car friendly (just as in NZ). But of course the Dutch fought back against this encroachment by cars and gained a shift in focus to a pedestrian and cycling friendly focus. They were outraged by the killing of children by motor vehicles (something NZers don’t seem to care about, despite appalling statistics) …
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The future is a car free city?

Living in such a car centric city, it can be hard to see how it could operate any other way. Even in a more public transport friendly country like the UK, a vision for a city with less cars can be one that is difficult to imagine. This article raises some interesting points and sets out some visions for what a less car dependent or even car-free city would look like. Of course, cycling must be a part of any low car city and its great relationship with public transport only reinforces that.
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The pope encourages cycling

Pope Francis has recently encouraged nuns and priests to cycle, extolling the virtues of bicycles as a means of transport. He condemned flashy cars as against the humble and non-materialistic ideals of the Church. The pope mentioned that his own secretary, a Monsigneur, cycles to work every day by bicycle. Jesus seemed to prefer to travel by mule or walk but I imagine a modern Jesus may well have entered Jerusalem on a bicycle. It would certainly have fit with his message of rejecting worldly goods. The Pope would of course join a growing list of celebrities spotted on bikes, especially fuelled by the success of CitiBikes in New York. …
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NW Cycleway remains open during St Lukes work this week!

Our buddies at the Causeway Alliance – NZTA’s  Comms Team report that SH 16’s city-bound lanes will be closed for a couple of nights this week. As instructed by the Board of Inquiry’s decision and NZTA’s implementation  – the NW Cyclelane remains open. Hooray! Cyclists keep rolling on thru’! “Auckland’s Northwestern Motorway (SH16) eastbound will be closed each night between St Lukes and the Central Motorway Junction from 9pm to 5am the following morning starting tomorrow, Tuesday 27 May until Friday 29 May.  Diversions will be signposted along Great North and New North Roads and other local roads. The closures will allow our contractors to get their work completed safely …
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Talent and separated cycle paths

This article explains why business leaders think separated cycle paths are an important element in attracting much needed technical and entrepreneurial talent to cities. It also gels nicely with this post on the Transport Blog about liveable cities and how important they are to attracting talent. It is interesting to see the President and CEO of an organisation like Calgary Economic Development (a non-profit organisation set up by the City of Calgary) get behind bike lanes – something that traditionally hasn’t been seen as a contributor to economic growth. Then again Canada has often appeared to be the most progressive of the English speaking countries with cities like Montreal and …
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Bike Te Atatu – a peep into our cycling future

This is a guest blog from CAA Associate, Bryce P. If you would like to submit a guest blog, please feel free to email Ben L at goosoid@gmail.com. We love getting guest blogs about what is happening in your neighbourhood or an aspect of cycling you are passionate about. Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of March, Bike Te Atatu made a short film based around cycling in Te Atatu. The spirit of this short film is to show just what we have in Te Atatu but also what we could have in Te Atatu and indeed Auckland using well known techniques from overseas. While driving into Te Atatu, …
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Lowering speed limits: Cutting the Gordian knot

There has been some great discussion lately on this blog about lowering speed limits. An example was given of the Albert Road/Victoria Road (Devonport) corridor after the roundabout with Lake Road. Apparently, there was a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 30km/h and this was opposed by the Police. I am not sure what NZTA/AT had to say. It seems like such a no brainer as that route is a dead end and lowering the speed limit would help increase visitors by making it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly. Really what is needed is a shared space like in Fort Street. As with Fort Street, this would be a boon …
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Where does Auckland cycle (to work)? UPDATED

More Census 2013 data has been revealed, and thanks to some nifty work of Auckland Council and Statistics New Zealand, there is a new tool available that gives you the data in graphical terms. This includes a shaded map showing where Aucklanders cycled to work on Census day. [See map to right, or go onto the website, select the “Census area unit view” button at the bottom right, and then the “travel to work” tab at the top right] Good news in there? Yes – overall, cycling did increase compared to 2006, by approximately a third! However, rising from ~0.9% to 1.2%, it remains low overall. Still, growth for the …
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Using cameras to catch aggressive motorists

Recently, there was an article in the Herald about an NZ academic who considers that cyclists using portable cameras to film how badly drivers behave around them are just inciting further strife – by being “provocative”. You can just see it. The agressive cyclist intimidating the poor, defenseless SUV driver: “Come on, make my day – I’ve got a camera, and I am not afraid to use it!“ Well, if there’s no bad behaviour to catch on film, then there’s nothing to inflame things with… – and it seems that at least in some places, the police agree – in Austin, Texas, undercover bicycle cops (now there’s a combination you …
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Bus in the lane!

By Struan Purdie The TV piece on bus lanes that CAA helped on has recently been uploaded to our AUT journalism site.  I’m not sure if you’ve come across this yet but I’m sure you’d like to take a look: http://www.tewahanui.info/twn/index.php/buses-bikes-feel-the-squeeze/
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Cycling is in the media this weekend

Several bigger stories on cycling in the news this weekend! The Saturday Herald will feature a story from the paper’s health reporter, Martin Johnson, on his bike rides around the city with his camera to report on the state of our cycling infrastructure – with some further work by transport reporter Mathew Dearnaley, for which he contacted both AT and CAA for their views on the cycle network. TV1’s Sunday programme ‘investigates how our roads can be made safer for cyclists. How can we save lives, improve our health and save a fortune with a few simple investments? That’s this Sunday, 7.00pm on TV One.’ We expect these will be …
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The “Palmy Squeeze”…

… is neither a cycling race, nor a type of fruit drink. It’s a nicely non-standard essay piece by Swamp Thing, a self-styled “blogazine” from the Manawatu – taking a look at a cycling pinch point (which in this form could be anywhere, but this specific one is apparently being actively ignored by Palmerston North Council). Bad that we are all facing the same problems around NZ. Not so bad, to see activists use fresh methods to communicate them.
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