Light Rail for the Isthmus… with room for bikes! A Bike AKL proposal

Light Rail for the Isthmus... with room for bikes! A Bike AKL proposalUpdated: we’ve launched a petition to gather public support for bikeways on Dominion Road along with light rail. It’s the smartest way to protect the hundreds of people who already bike along this iconic street, and the best way to future-proof our city and leverage this once-in-a-generation investment, by allowing thousands more people to bike …
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‘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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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