‘Dynamic’ – or dinosaur? AT’s Whangaparaoa experiment

'Dynamic' – or dinosaur? AT's Whangaparaoa experimentAT is patting itself on the back for being smart with technology: they’re planning to squeeze an extra lane into a road currently painted for two opposing lanes with long flush medians, by using on-ground lights and overhead gantries to allow cars to drive along the flush median at peak times. Like the ‘zipper’ device on the Harbour Bridge, this reversible middle lane is a technique for accommodating tidal flows of morning and evening traffic. The lucky location for the first trial of this dynamic lane technology, which will run for a year and a half, is the landward end of Whangaparaoa Rd, which runs along the spine of the …
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A new path to the new Otahuhu train station

A new path to the new Otahuhu train stationThere’s a brand new train station in Otahuhu, and now Auckland Transport is inviting public feedback on a proposal for T3 lanes and a shared path to the station along Walmsley Rd. Here’s the project information page with a link for feedback, which is open until Friday 17 February. You can see the full plans here. As well as adding T3 lanes, the proposal is to widen the footpath along the western side of the road, with the stated goal of: Improving pedestrian and cycle facilities and connection to the new Otahuhu Station. Encouraging more people to walk and cycle (particularly school children). We’re generally supportive of the project, but it must be noted: While the footpath will …
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AT is on the money with 99c weekend travel – so let’s build streets to suit

AT is on the money with 99c weekend travel - so let's build streets to suitMy brother in Wellington wrote to me recently about a weekend train trip to the country with family members, some of whom brought bikes so they could take the scenic route home. The outing wasn’t just fun, but affordable. My brother has a SuperGold Card, and everyone else enjoyed cheap fares designed to encourage more people to use public transport instead of cars for weekend fun. I’m seeing more and more of this multi-modal multi-generational weekend travel around Auckland. Family groups bringing bikes on the ferry to explore Devonport; or taking the train to Onehunga to ride to Ambury Park; or arriving at Britomart ready to ride the waterfront and the Pink Path (or both!). Everyone looks to …
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An interchange with no bikeways

An interchange with no bikewaysOne of the most frustrating experiences with Auckland Transport is the silo planning. While AT’s walking and cycling team has hugely improved in the last year, it seems that large chunks of the rest of the organisation are still working away under the impression that cycling is either a luxury, or somebody else’s job. This at least is our feeling when we see proposals like the big Manukau Transport interchange on Putney Way, right next to Manukau Train Station and the MIT Campus (and the big Westfield Mall). This new bus station is proposed to cost $26 million. But the plans include no cycle facilities to get to it, just …
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Gimme shelter – new bike parking at key public transport links

Gimme shelter - new bike parking at key public transport linksThe lack of good bike parking is a universal bugbear! (See Russell Brown’s great blog post yesterday, about the ups and downs of bike-parking while shopping, with great pics from readers of how good other cities have it). Well, there’s good news from Auckland Transport about better bike parking at crucial transport hubs – we asked Scott Winton from AT to tell us more: New bike shelters have been installed at the Albany Busway Bus Station this week, to be followed by two other locations next month. Glen Innes Train Station and the Half Moon Bay Ferry terminal will also have the sleek new bike shelters installed as part of Auckland Transport’s strategy to make cycling to transport hubs throughout …
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How to Train (and Ferry) Your Bike – the art of ‘trip-chaining’

How to Train (and Ferry) Your Bike - the art of 'trip-chaining'Inspired by yesterday’s commuting feature, here’s a handy recipe for how to get almost anywhere in Auckland: 1. bike to train or ferry   2. put self and bike on train or ferry 3. repeat. The easier it becomes to get around the city – what with better cycleways and more bike lanes, speedier and more frequent ferries, and magical new EMU electric trains – the more places you can reach by combining these modes of transport, aka “trip-chaining.” Check out this map we put together a few years ago showing a 3km easily bikeable radius around all train stations and ferry terminals. There’s bike parking at the major stations and ferry terminals, if you plan to park and ride. But what still …
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An ode to mixing cycling with public transport

An ode to mixing cycling with public transportI’ve relied on my bike and public transport to get around Auckland without a car for about 6 years. Whizzing on my bike from my house on Mt Victoria to the ferry, waving to mates doing coffee on mainstreet cafes, is how I start most days. When I’m at our Waiheke place, my ride is a bit longer and even more rewarding – riding from Palm Beach to Matiatia connects me with even more people, sights and sounds. Love it! Chatting to other people with bikes parked beside mine on ferries or on trains teaches me about priorities for Cycle Action’s work. I know most people don’t need or have …
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Bikes love local businesses – time for more vice-versa?

Bikes love local businesses - time for more vice-versa?Of all the arguments in favour of encouraging city cycling, perhaps the hardest for some people to swallow is that bikes are good for business. Why? Because many business owners believe that parking and cars  – rather than the people who arrive in cars – are the main source of their business. Parking, in particular, is a sacred cow of epic proportions, and it’s an article of faith among some retailers that taking away parking spots to improve safe passage for people on bikes will result in the rapid decline of any nearby business. But the research firmly says otherwise. This article looks at a recent collation of 12 studies on …
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Nelson St cycleway – $$ for sod turning next month!

Nelson St cycleway - $$ for sod turning next month!The hot sun beat down on the Nelson St off-ramp on Friday, making for steamy conditions for the Minister of Transport’s event on the off-ramp to announce the first allocation of $$ from the Government’s Urban Cycle Fund. I felt sorry for all the blokes in suits, especially as they were shown up by Simon Bridges, who arrived looking relaxed and dressed for cycling. Once the formalities were over, he approached me, keen to chat. Luckily Max, our cycling design guru, was nearby, so I could introduce him as the source of Cycle Action’s inspiration to get the Nelson St project underway last year. Simon began by expressing admiration for …
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For the ladies…(not just) the single ladies

An event announcement from our friends at Frocks on Bikes. …a warm reminder and invitation to the Frocks on Bikes event Summer Fling this Wednesday 26th November!  From 6-8pm at the award-winning redevelopment of Hurstmere Green in Takapuna, female cyclists (and potential ones) will have the opportunity to try a range of bikes including the effortlessly light and stylish tokyobikes from Blend and Flux electric bikes. Other fabulous treats to get your summer cycling groove on include: Free cycle maintenance (thanks AT) Mushama&me raincoats 10% off Dalston fashions Annah S demonstration on ‘dress for your shape’ Plus a chance to win a stunning Alba dress by Beth Ellery worth over $300! Simply …
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Guided Rides to Sculpture on the Shore

A message from Auckland Transport. All guided cycle rides finish at Narrow Neck beach – perfect for attending the Bike to the Beach event . One Guided Ride to the NZ Sculpture Onshore 2014 Exhibition is already booked out and Auckland Transport is encouraging early registrations to avoid missing out. Four free guided bike rides are running on two consecutive Sundays during the event at Fort Takapuna (Sunday 9 and Sunday 16 November) from Bayswater Ferry Terminal: the first leaving at 9:30am returning at 12pm, the second leaving at 1pm returning at 3:30pm. Each ride caters for a maximum of 21 people on bikes. Bookings are essential and participants can …
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Queens Wharf access update

Auckland Transport will be releasing this media statement later today regarding amended access to Queens Wharf. Changes to the entrance of Queens Wharf will boost safety for the increasing numbers of people visiting the area, including commuters, tourists and cruise ship visitors. From today right hand turns onto Queens Wharf will be restricted to authorised vehicles such as emergency services, coaches related to cruise ships and large provisioning trucks. Other motorists can still turn left onto and from Queens Wharf through the new unsignalised entrance located east of the current entrance. Right hand turns from Queens Wharf onto Quay Street are banned for all vehicles. Vehicles travelling from the east can …
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SkyPath Northern Connectors

We were as excited as anyone when the AHB Pathway Trust team lodged their resource consents for SkyPath last month.  The jewel in the crown of Auckland’s walking and cycling network is rapidly approaching a reality, and we can’t wait! Even John Key‘s keen to get a cycle path over the Harbour Bridge. So it’s timely to discuss how people will connect with SkyPath, and what they’ll do. This post looks at the northern end, with a focus on cyclists of course, but not forgetting our walking friends who are just as excited as we are.  And the southern side?  We’ll post on this too in due course. So who’s …
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Go to it – reply to bike parking survey by Friday!

This Herald story today publicises our goal to get a template for functional covered, secure bike parking at train station and ferry nodes. A huge amount of money has been spent on bike parking cages at Papatoetoe, Papakura and Birkenhead which are not being used. Ferries are full of bikes at peak hours and we all know capacity is limited or non-existent for bikes to travel on trains full of commuters.  Last time we surveyed on the topic 25% of respondents were interested in combining cycling and train travel, and wanted good bike parking so they can park bikes out of the weather and secure at stations. Most replies say …
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Transit and cycling: Transport BFFs

This (Note: 116 page PDF file) article really captures the way that public transit/transport and cycling work so well together and complement each other’s strength and mitigating their weaknesses. An essential part of this is the provision of cycle parking. I had a cycle stolen at Ellerslie train station (where no cycle parking is provided) within months of arriving in Auckland. This is likely to have discouraged a less fanatical cyclist and got them off the road. But although it is great to see AT putting in more cycle parking at train, busway and ferry stations, the majority of Auckland passengers travel on the old fashioned suburban road buses (with bus lanes if they are …
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