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You are here: everyday landmarksA joyful day! A new story from our resident teller of tales, Simon Vincent (search for ‘Simon’s stories’ to find more).  “I often find things catch my eye when I’m riding – sometimes it is because they are unusual or unexpected, but in this case it is things that I notice often and that stay with me,” says Simon, about this lovely list of landmarks along his regular routes…  As a child, I loved spending time visiting my cousins. The cousins were great, but what made the visits so special was that they lived in Blackpool – the Rotavegas of the English North. The (in hindsight, short) trip up the …
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Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposal

Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposalRunning alongside SH16, the Northwestern Cycleway is not only the key bike path from the western suburbs into the CBD, it’s also a crucial local connection to and between Kingsland, Eden Terrace, and Arch Hill. And it’s booming – daily bike traffic has tripled in less than five years, with a daily average of close to 1000 trips registered by the automatic bike counter near Bond St (and 1500 on the last Thursday in February!). It’s a huge success story – with a major pinch point: the section between St Lukes Rd and Newton Rd. Built in the early 2000s as a shared path for bikes and pedestrians, the width …
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Unscrambling the Carrington Road Crossing

Unscrambling the Carrington Road CrossingTL:DR – Auckland Transport proposes making it legal for people to cycle across Carrington Road on the Northwestern Cycleway. We suggest you support this by giving your feedback here. The crossing where the Northwestern Cycleway meets Carrington Road at Unitec has long been an example of the complicated rules around bikes. Neither fish nor fowl, people on bikes fall into the grey area between ‘vehicles’ and ‘pedestrians’, with many problematic outcomes. When the Northwestern Cycleway was connected through here in the early 2000s, perhaps planners thought the pre-existing pedestrian crossing would suffice, or perhaps they didn’t have any reasonable options in their then very limited legal toolkit. Either way, since then …
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Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington Road

Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington RoadDoing the rounds of AT’s website, we found this short but useful bit of new protected cycle lane coming for the Pt Chev community: AT is proposing to install what looks like St Lukes-style separators on Carrington Road, on the southbound section from the Pt Chev town centre and across the motorway bridge, as far south as Sutherland Road (i.e. to the Northwestern Cycleway entry!). Sadly, this quick fix project doesn’t extend any further down Carrington Rd, because the lanes get a lot narrower south of Sutherland Road and then swing out around parked cars outside Gladstone Primary. Despite the obvious limitations, we think this is a good quick improvement …
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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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A completion party for a jolly good causeway

A completion party for a jolly good causewayTo celebrate the upgrade of the Northwestern cycleway along the Causeway – and to thank people for their epic patience over the four years (!) of the project – NZTA is throwing a wee party this weekend. They’ve chosen a great spot: the beautiful green grounds of Unitec, next to where the cycleway runs through (and also handy by foot and train and bus and any combo thereof). Whether you’re a regular weekday commuter or a weekend rider, swing by on Saturday between noon and 4pm to join the celebration. There’ll be a BBQ and family-friendly activities and of course, plenty of bike parking! There’s also car-parking too, in the Unitec grounds, if you’d like to park-and-ride. More …
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Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!

Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!Allons-y, which is French for ‘on your bike!’ A tiny, slow-paced Tour De France is coming to Waterview, on Saturday 15th October 2016 @ 10am. The ‘Tour de Waterview’ is the brainchild of the lovable Waterview Coffee Project, which operates out of a colourful container on Daventry St and is the caffeinated glue that holds the neighbourhood together. If you’re a local, you’ll be in like Flynn. If you’re not, come and visit this sweet little ‘hood keeping it real in the shadow of New Zealand’s biggest motorway project. Waterview is easily accessible via the NW cycleway – exit the cycleway at Great North Rd beside the overbridge onto the east/city …
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