Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNS

Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNSWe’re a pretty tight team in Bike Auckland; a close collaboration of talents and interests. I’m very lucky to be at the centre of the team, orchestrating our work. Since the arrival of our inspirational contract staff,  Communications Manager, Jolisa Gracewood, and Events/Partnerships Manager, Olivia Lynch, I feel I am either sitting in the audience, …
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Cycle bridge: Level Copenhagen

Copenhagen has just completed its Bicycle Snake Bridge (Cykelslangen). It is an amazing piece of engineering and design which really adds to the beauty of what is already a very picturesque city. For me, being there gave me a sense of what Auckland could have been had the city taken a different approach to transport. It has a beautiful harbour …
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Want more cycling $$ from the Government ? Click here now!

A big cycle campaign is underway now. It’s led by Cycle Action – Generation Zero – Spokes Dunedin- Cycle Aware Wellington and heaps of other groups who are working for safe cycling and better transport choice.  The campaign asks you to help us get more $$$ for cycling in the draft Government Policy Statement for transport, …
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Does cycling make you a better driver?

A report has been released by Sports Harbour as a result of a 10 month study of driving habits of teenagers. The study was intended to investigate whether teenagers who cycled were safer and more aware when they drove a car. You may recall we asked for participants on the survey in an earlier blog …
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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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Te Atatu diversion for the NW Cycleway ready to go – OK Team?

Thanks heaps for all the feedback we got from commuting cyclists using the NW Cycleway at Te Atatu. Your practical advice and request for more protection on the diversion route has been taken on board by Fulton Hogan.   Their goal is to have the diverted routine  working for your morning commute on Monday morning. Most …
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Cycling Safety Summit – Hastings and New Plymouth lead the way

I returned from Tuesday’s NZTA’s Cycle Safety Summit in Wellington buoyed up by spending the day with extremely motivated and informed people from across the transport sector  – AA, Road Transport Forum, IPENZ, etc plus all the expected groups who, like Cycle Action, work on a daily basis to improve cycling in NZ. It was …
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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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Cycle safety proposals rejected

It has been announced by Michael Woodhouse, Associate Minister of Transport, that the government will not adopt the coroner’s recent recommendations on cycling safety. The proposals came out of the coroner’s “inquest into the death of former national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald, 57, who was hit by a truck and trailer unit while cycling …
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Harbour bridge cycleway getting some new supporters

We chatted yesterday with Bevan Woodward, SkyPath’s project director, and our conversation also drifted into the various groups that still resist the project. We can’t discuss all we talked about (especially as some of the opponents aren’t as public about it as others), but it’s good to hear that they are also collecting new supporters …
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The straitjacket sits tight

An editorial When central government in NZ disagrees with local government on transport projects (be it cycleways or rail links or something else) one of their typical comments tends to be: “Well, if you like it so much, why don’t you fund it yourself?” Sounds logical, eh? Yet when our system ensures that roughly 2/3rds …
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I am an Aucklander

One year down the track from the creation of The Super City, The Aucklander asked a panel of residents “how have the changes affected you and your area?” CAA Chair Barb Cuthbert was one of those interviewed. Barb commented… “I definitely feel more of an Aucklander. Devonport in particular has been a winner because over …
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Latest funding direction from government disappointing

It was far from unexpected, but the recent funding decisions from national government were highly disappointing. As set out in more detail and even blunter words at the Auckland Transport Blog (“GPS 2012: Just Plain Dumb”), the funding leans heavily towards state highways (read: motorways, motorways, motorways…) and does so by keeping down, or actively …
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