Beefed-up buffers – new protection for bike lanes

Beefed-up buffers - new protection for bike lanesSt Lukes Rd is getting its promised bike lane buffers at the moment, and the response has been instant and positive. ‘Upgrade to substandard St Lukes bike lane starts‘ was the headline in local papers. The rubber bumpers and hit posts will run on both sides of the road, from just below the motorway interchange, to just after the garden centre. It stops just short of the railway bridge for now, as there is no money at the moment to widen the bridge (but future bridge widening will take bike safety into account). There’ll be some ‘fresh kermit’ greening of the lanes, too… now those yellow dashed lines are superfluous! As well as general enthusiasm, there …
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A sweet, sweet milestone for Lightpath: 100,000 bike trips!

A sweet, sweet milestone for Lightpath: 100,000 bike trips!Yesterday was a major milestone for the pink path – and it happened sooner than anyone predicted! We hear next week was the anticipated timing for the 100,000th trip across Lightpath… but after an even busier Easter than imagined (an average of a thousand trips a day!), the celebrations were quickly brought forward. So satisfying to hit the mark so quickly! In the 118 days since the opening, reports Auckland Transport, there’s been ‘an average of 848 cycle journeys each day across the Lightpath, leading to a five-fold increase in people cycling on Nelson St during the week.’ We can only imagine how much higher the numbers will soar once Nelson St Stage …
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Tickled pink – highlights from Lightpath’s early days

Tickled pink - highlights from Lightpath's early daysToday marks three weeks since we relaunched as Bike Auckland; and nearly two weeks since Lightpath/ Te Ara I Whiti opened, along with the first stage of the connecting Nelson St bike lanes. The official opening ceremony on Thursday 3 December (see our photo album here) was memorable not just for the pink-themed outfits, and the little bike superheros, but also for the absolute bipartisan unanimity around what a great thing it is. Speeches by NZTA’s Ernst Zollner, Minister Simon Bridges, Matt Maihi of Ngati Whatua o Orakei, Councillor Chris Darby, and our own Barb Cuthbert were a chorus of agreement. “I knew this would be beautiful,” said Barb. “I didn’t know it would have …
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Pink Frost: meet the team who put the icing on the Nelson St cake

Pink Frost: meet the team who put the icing on the Nelson St cakeWhen Kyle Donegan turned up at the Bike Auckland launch party last week, he handed me a small box containing a handful of glittery pink stuff. A little bit sandy, a little bit sparkly, it looked like fairy dust. And it might as well be – it’s a sample of the recycled glass aggregate that, when mixed with a resin base, forms the “pink frosting” on the magical new Nelson St pathway. Kyle is the General Manager of Resin Surfaces Ltd, a locally owned independent company that since 2009 has covered more than 100,000 square metres of New Zealand with coloured textures, and has been working for years to develop greener surface …
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Think Pink this Thursday, from dawn to dusk – everything you need to know about the Nelson St opening

Think Pink this Thursday, from dawn to dusk – everything you need to know about the Nelson St openingPink puns will be in overload this week as we count down to the opening of Nelson St’s spectacular pink pathway and protected bike lanes [and, fingers crossed, the announcement of the Official Name!]. Read on for everything you need to know about opening day, Thursday 3rd December. I know, I know… we can’t wait until Thursday morning!! And yet… we have to. There have been a few reports of people trying to sneak a peek, but seriously: please wait. It’s still a construction zone and we’ve got to do the right thing by the workers who are doing their best around the clock to get this thing ready to ride. …
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First hoon on Nelson – ride with us!

First hoon on Nelson – ride with us!Lights, colour, action! Thursday December 3rd marks the official opening of the Nelson Street bike path. Bike Auckland (aka Cycle Action) invite all people on two wheels (or three, or one) to come up and be the first to see the amazing design and infrastructure collaboration lit up in all its night-time glory. This is a casual roll-up event. We recommend you arrive from around 7.30pm so that you are ready to hit the Upper Queen / Canada St entrance at 8.00pm. Then we’ll make our way down the steadily widening path to meet the sudden full-scale panorama of harbour and city in time for the sun setting at 8.24pm, …
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Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emerges

Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emergesThe last pieces of the Canada St bridge were slotted into place last night: a complete connection to the old Nelson St offramp, not much over a year since it was first dreamed up. And soon enough, we’ll be riding it! This stunning animation, just released, gives you a sense of what it will look and feel like. (For more details about the colour and light design, by Monk McKenzie Architects and LandLAB with Toitu Design, check out our previous blog post). Those very first glimpses of the Canada St Bridge – which really does deserve a catchier name, doesn’t it?  –  were tantalising. There the sections sat, cradled on a truck for delivery, the shape so …
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Lights, colour, action – the Nelson St design revealed! (Now, what shall we call it?)

Lights, colour, action - the Nelson St design revealed! (Now, what shall we call it?)Red-hot news, or should we say, hot-pink news! The first official images of the Nelson St design have been released. Remember that the public consultation resulted in two strong directives: “modern” and “distinctly New Zealand.” And as you can see from the images released today, the colour – disco pink? fuchsia? magenta! – is unashamedly modern, brilliantly artificial. It’s certainly eye-catching. From afar, it will act as a beacon, drawing the eye like a streak of neon highlighter through the otherwise dull text of Spaghetti Junction… Does it scream Aotearoa, though? It’s certainly not featured on any of the would-be flag finalists. But artist Katz Maihi of Toitu Design and Te Puia (the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts institute), who created …
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Nelson St cycleway, Phase 2 – consultation closes next Monday!

Consultation opens today on Phase 2 of the Nelson St cycleway. Phase 1 is of course NZTA’s spectacular bridge + flyover connection which loops down from Upper Queen St, along Canada St, onto the old off-ramp, and emerging at Union St, whereupon Auckland Transport pics up the baton and runs with it down the west side of Nelson St as far as Victoria St. Phase 2 is entirely Auckland Transport’s project: it continues down Nelson St as a two-way fully separated cycle lane on the east side, then a shared path along Sturdee St and Lower Hobson St, where it will (sooner rather than later) link into a cycleway along Quay St. You can give feedback HERE. …
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The Nelson St transformation ramps up – steel yourself for something special!

The Nelson St transformation ramps up – steel yourself for something special!Amazing things are happening right under our noses. Over in Waterview, for example, it’s pretty clear something big is under way: towering columns soar skywards like an auto-age Acropolis, and you can see people and machines hard at work along the causeway. But visible progress on the transformation of the old Nelson St offramp into a pedestrian and cycling skyway has been scant… until recently. The first peeks of the Canada St bridge (which really does deserve a more exciting name) were exciting, and we can’t wait to watch it swing into place, starting tonight. But as the uprights began appearing along the old off-ramp, the mood turned gloomy. “A disappointing outcome,” wrote Matt Lowrie on Transportblog, singling out the “massive 3m high barriers that …
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Here comes the Canada St bridge – piece by piece!

Here comes the Canada St bridge - piece by piece!Check out these stunning photos (via NZTA) of the first two pieces of the Canada St bridge arriving on site. This gorgeous serpentine structure will be a crucial connection to the revamped Nelson St flyover for bikes and pedestrians. The bridge has been constructed offsite in seven pieces, which are being delivered to the site and installed in sections over the next month. Dates for delivery and installation are currently listed as 7 -11  September and 22 – 29 September. If you’re keen to see the first piece lifted into place – and who wouldn’t be! – check here for updates. The work is weather contingent: originally set for Sept 7th, it’s now …
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Have your say on the Nelson St cycleway design – but be quick!

Have your say on the Nelson St cycleway design - but be quick!Last chance – submissions close 22 June! Calling all artistically inclined bike people, with a flair for colour and an eye for opportunity… Remember when this fabulous art installation put bikes on the disused Nelson St offramp, in 2013? Well, the project to reclaim that space for bikes and pedestrians is seriously under way. The pilings are already being built for the overbridge from Canada St – which will be constructed offsite, and then lowered into place in one fell swoop. And all going well, this landmark project will be ready to ride by the end of the year! Cycle Action’s Barb Cuthbert sums up the excitement: “It will be a ‘must ride’ route and loved by Auckland visitors, families, roadies, …
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Blessings on Nelson St

Blessings on Nelson StIt’s a new dawn, all right. The Nelson St project was formally launched with a low-key ceremony yesterday, with the blessings of kaumatua from local mana whenua. Rather apt for this time of year, a dawn service that looks forward in hope as well as drawing strength from the past. We thank everyone for their work to bring the project thus far – with special thanks to Max Robitsch who quietly generated so much of the original vision – and we eagerly anticipate its safe completion. Haumi e, hui e, taiki e! Here’s the press release from our friends at NZTA: Nelson Street Cycle Route Gets Underway A dawn blessing has marked the start of work …
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Visions on wheels – AT’s big cycling plan for the next 3 years

Visions on wheels - AT's big cycling plan for the next 3 yearsHave you seen Auckland Transport’s proposal for cycling for the next three years, to be presented to the Board this coming Tuesday? These are the projects we heard about at Kathryn King’s presentation a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to share with you. Now they’re available for all to see. The full PDF is here, and TransportBlog has the nitty-gritty (and a vigorous discussion). The programme boils down to this: $207 million invested in cycling over the next 3 years, if fully delivered $179m of that spent on dedicated cycle projects $20m +/- on cycle facilities delivered through other projects $8m+on programmes to encourage people onto bikes 53km of new cycle routes and an increase in annual cycle …
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Seven Ideas for Auckland’s 175th Birthday – Part 2

This is a guest blog from Jonathan and was originally published on his blog http://jonathanbgood.com/ With so many good ideas, we have split this into two parts – this is part 2. Today is Auckland’s birthday and a chance to celebrate the best little city in the world! It’s also a good chance to think about what could make the next 175 years even better. 5. What if we had a high-speed train to Hamilton? I have to confess a little bias here as a commuter between Auckland and its little southern brother….but….Hamilton it is less than 100km away** with house prices that are less than half those here and some …
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