How the NW was won: the birth of Auckland’s first big cycleway

How the NW was won: the birth of Auckland's first big cyclewayBefore this summer is out, we’ll have a Northwestern Cycleway connection all the way from Massey/Westgate to the central city (officially opening Thursday 19 December at 11am at Royal Road School – find out more here!). It’s been a long road to get here, but where did it all begin? Every journey starts with a single step. In this post, Sam Finnemore takes a step back twenty-seven years to find out who got things rolling alongside SH16, and how the vision of a path from the west to the city set a template for what followed in Auckland… A little bit of history The Northwestern Motorway‘s causeway from Waterview to …
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Cheers! AT has a plan to uncork the NW bottleneck

Cheers! AT has a plan to uncork the NW bottleneckAuckland Transport is moving ahead with the Northwestern path upgrade at the dangerous pinch-point in Kingsland. We’re thrilled to share this win, and eager for AT to crack on with it. The problem: You’ll recall that in early 2018, we joined forces with Newton Central School to propose adding a footpath alongside this busy shared path. In early 2019, the situation became critical and the walking school buses were cancelled out of safety concerns. Since then, AT has run a campaign for courtesy on the path while also working on a design to make this busy route safer for everyone who uses it. The solution is pretty much what we called for: a separated footpath …
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What’s up on the NW Cycleway? A bottleneck and a broken bridge

What's up on the NW Cycleway? A bottleneck and a broken bridgeUpdated Thursday 15 August: Good news! We’re told the cycleway bridge at Mountain View Road is now re-opened to bikes, pedestrians, motorised wheelchairs, and scooters, with signage to be made and installed ASAP. (Maintenance vehicle access will be restricted). Stay tuned for further news from AT of how and when the repair will happen, and whether it will affect access over the bridge. “Why is it taking so long for tangible action? This should be an absolute priority.” We’re 100% with Newton Central School’s principal Riki Teteina on the matter of the bottleneck on the busy Northwestern Cycleway, as reported last week by RNZ’s Rowan Quinn. Auckland’s second-busiest and fastest growing bike …
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A call for action on the NW bottleneck

A call for action on the NW bottleneckUPDATED 27 February 2019 Additional media coverage of this story in the week since this blog post was published in the wake of the initial RNZ story by Rowan Quinn: How dare Auckland Transport pit schoolkids against cyclists (column by Simon Wilson, NZ Herald, 22 Feb 2019) ‘Multiple’ close-calls on Auckland’s Northwestern Cycleway spark safety improvement calls (Kendall Hutt for Stuff, 22 Feb 2019) Auckland Transport to try to educate cyclists (RNZ, 22 Feb 2019) AT signals codesign of controversial northwestern cycleway (RNZ, 26 Feb 2019) Note the welcome development in that last story, with Auckland Transport signalling an intention to redesign this section of path in cooperation with Bike …
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You are here: everyday landmarks

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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