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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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