Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!

Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!Ever wanted to ride from the Waitemata harbour to the Manukau harbour on a protected path surrounded by wildlife and waterways, in less than an hour? “Impossible!” you say, rolling your eyes, “and definitely, DEFINITELY, not in car-obsessed Auckland.” Well, just wait. Because Te Whau Pathway – along with Skypath and Seapath – is going …
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The insider’s guide to cycling in Mt Albert

The insider’s guide to cycling in Mt AlbertMt Albert isn’t exactly known as a cyclist’s paradise, but it has some good rides if you know where to look. In this guest article, local rider Helen King shares the secrets to cycling in Mt Albert. (This piece originally appeared on The Spinoff, and is republished here with permission).  Being a bike enthusiast in Mt Albert …
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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 …
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Old-fashioned get up and go gets Waipu a cycleway!

Old-fashioned get up and go gets Waipu a cycleway!When you chat to people about why they’re involved with cycle advocacy, everyone has their own story about imagining a bikeable future. So it is with a savvy and determined group of advocates in Waipu. Five years ago, two young girls at Waipu Primary School – Emily Stolwerk and Ceili Lea – came up with a brilliantly …
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Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventure

Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventureThe best way to celebrate new shared path connections is to go for a ride! And winter can be the nicest time to do it. On a beautiful crisp sunny Saturday in July, me and a couple of gal pals decided to make the most of it and head for a bit of an explore on some newly …
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[Updated] Parks are for people – a fresh masterplan for the Domain

[Updated] Parks are for people - a fresh masterplan for the DomainUpdate: due to high interest in the Domain Masterplan and especially in the cycleways aspect, the Domain Committee Chair has now extended the public consultation period to 24 March. Have at it! Auckland Domain may not be quite as large as the main urban parks of global cities like Central Park in New York, or Tiergarten …
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Flocks ‘n’ Bikes – birdwatching on wheels

Flocks 'n' Bikes - birdwatching on wheels“On my bike, I get to enjoy being a part of my environment, not apart from it,” writes our favourite storyteller Simon Vincent, as he turns his commute into a flight of fancy about what his feathered friends are thinking… Opening the squeaky door of the shed (sorry, neighbours) to get my bike out of a morning, …
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In the shadow of the (noise) wall: building people-friendly paths

In the shadow of the (noise) wall: building people-friendly paths“Who wants to cycle next to a motorway anyway?” one of NZTA’s planners once asked me, years ago, when we were discussing future cycleway projects the agency was scoping. “Well,” I thought to myself (but didn’t say out loud), “maybe not that many people, but it’s the only game in town where there’s any money for cycleways …
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Riding the Ohakune Old Coach Road – an out of town adventure

Riding the Ohakune Old Coach Road - an out of town adventureWith the long weekend ahead, our thoughts turn to out-of-town bike trails. Our events guru Jessica Rose rode the Old Coach Road in autumn, and loved it.  If anyone is heading out of town for a trip to (or near!) the snow, try taking a look at the Old Coach Road. This is en route to Ohakune, …
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Te Whau Pathway under way – now let’s keep track of progress!

Te Whau Pathway under way - now let's keep track of progress!Stage 1 of Te Whau Pathway was officially opened over the weekend, with Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse in attendance. And the Pathway has a gorgeous new website, giving the history and future of this magnificent project, which is projected for completion over the next 5-8 years. We hear Stage 1a is already out for consultation. The website is …
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Boardwalks through time…

Boardwalks through time...…or: Why do dawn blessings have to happen so very early??? Last week, we got a short-notice-invite to the dawn blessing for the construction works on the Eric Armishaw Reserve boardwalk, in Point Chevalier. Living locally these days, I felt that despite being very much NOT a morning person, I had to go to this …
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Have gold card, will cycle – the new bike ambassadors

One of the things I love about getting around by bike and public transport is the people I bump into along the way: I feel like it gives me a snapshot of the new Auckland. A week ago, while en route to the airport bus, I met this smiley, friendly couple on the Devonport ferry with their …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 2 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 2 of 2We left Zane in the middle of a suspension bridge, just about halfway through the magnificent Timber Trail. Rejoin the story as he heads downhill all the way home…  After an exciting downhill ride along the road, exposed to the sun for some time, there’s a river you must stop by to cool off, the water …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 1 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 1 of 2We’ve written about the fabulous Timber Trail before, one of the most spectacular stretches of the NZ Cycle Trail (and home to the longest bike trail suspension bridge in the country). So we couldn’t resist revisiting it via this atmospheric account from our pal Zane Bray. In part one of a two-part story, Zane arrives in the friendly ghost-town of Ongarue, and sets off …
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UCF projects: Waterview Shared Path PLUS

In this short series, we discuss [not necessarily in order of importance] the various Auckland cycle projects that have achieved funding from the Urban Cycleway Fund, and thus are likely to be built in the next 3 years. The Waterview Shared Path was pretty controversial in its time. As you can see from past blogs (1, …
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