Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!

Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!In March 2018, a trial project popped up on Federal St in the central city. With the CRL works happening on Albert Street, little old Federal St offered a parallel through-route for walking and for biking – except that it was a one-way street So the Auckland Design Office and AT added a contra-flow bike …
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Pop-up protected bike lanes: let’s make a list!

Pop-up protected bike lanes: let's make a list!Auckland Transport has recently opened the door to discussing ‘tactical’ upgrades – quick and affordable fixes to instantly improve road safety. Which is good, because we have some ideas! For example, you’ll have noticed that as double-decker buses move around the city, shop verandahs and trees have been protected using simple hit-sticks and bumpers. Call …
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Keep calm and carry on up Federal Street?

Keep calm and carry on up Federal Street?Earlier this year, Auckland Transport did something we’ve been asking for a long time: they built a bikeway with very little fuss, at little cost, and (relatively) fast, in partnership with the Auckland Design Office. This is the Federal Street contraflow bikeway, connecting Fanshawe Street to Victoria Street, providing more choices where people can safely ride …
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Tamaki Drive and Watene Crescent – quick wins for safety

Tamaki Drive and Watene Crescent - quick wins for safetyOne of the many upgrades happening along Tamaki Drive at the moment is a quick project to improve safety at the intersection with Watene Crescent, in Okahu Bay next to the Orakei Domain. Auckland Transport plans to install bicycle activated ‘smart studs’ here (small bright lights set into the road, as seen elsewhere in the …
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Permeability is a two-way street… for bikes!

Permeability is a two-way street... for bikes!In an exciting development, Auckland Transport has announced a proposal to allow two-way cycling on half a dozen quiet one-way streets in the city centre. We’ve pushed for this for quite a while, as an essential part of a permeable network for travel by bike, so we are more than thrilled to see it happening. The idea is, these streets …
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How to go Friding – and a Friding challenge!

How to go Friding - and a Friding challenge!Friding is one of those ideas that strikes you with the force of a revelation: Riding. On a Friday. “The best day, the best way.” Couldn’t be simpler. It’s not formal, it’s not planned, it’s just giving people permission. Once a week, take your bike. And yet, as its inventors Nick McFarlane and Greg Wood say …
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Tactical urbanism – how a lick of paint can transform a car-centric street

Tactical urbanism - how a lick of paint can transform a car-centric streetNorth Shore resident and biking dad Mat Collins writes about how he was inspired to rethink his street, after a visit from the guru of Tactical Urbanism: In June, the visiting urbanist Mike Lydon had the whole audience enthralled at Auckland Conversations, where he enthusiastically showcased ‘tactical urbanism’ as a tool to enact change within our communities. One …
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The Bicycle: The amazing space saving device

Riding a bike isn’t just: a fun way to travel healthy giving independence and freedom back to children good for the environment a great way to connect with public transport a cheap way to travel engaging with your local community supporting local businesses It is also about conserving one of the most precious commodities a …
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Power to the People – Bike Te Atatu

Congratulations to our friends at Bike Te Atatu for their futuristic cycling and walking video for their suburb. Bike Te Atatu is a community group on the Te Atatu peninsula who are passionate about bettering their community through cycling and walking. Lots of family and grassroots involvement. The group on FB has swelled to over …
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Upping the game – Carlton Gore Road

TL:DR: Carlton-Gore Road getting buffered cycle lanes all the way, instead of a half-sided, half-hearted design. But AT needs your support! Carlton Gore Road is a very Auckland-typical road. Meaning it has HEAPS of space for cars, but not much for all the other modes of traffic. In fact, about the only thing not typical …
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Changes coming on New North Road

In our pilot project with Auckland Transport to improve a variety of particularly problematic locations for cycling on New North Road, we have made a large step forward. Two design schemes have been developed – and have been found to be feasible and viable within the budget of the pilot project. The two schemes are: …
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Quick Wins: New North Road update

We thought we would give you a quick update on the Quick Wins: New North Road project – which is turning more into a “Deliberate Wins” project. But then again, one doesn’t want to end up wasting the $150,000 on design fees for something that can’t be built, or almost worse, on construction that doesn’t …
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‘Campbell Live’ covers cycling pinch points tonight [updated]

A few weeks ago Lachlan Forsyth, reporter for Campbell Live and a regular commuter cyclist, asked me to feature in a film on cycle pinchpoints. He was prompted to do the programme by a number of near misses with cars on Dominion Rd pinchpoint – part of the route of his daily ride to work. …
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Quick Wins – An Update & Parnell Road

Hello fellow cyclists. We thought we’d give you a quick update on where our “Quick Wins” project to investigate and fix safety and amenity issues on Auckland on-road cycle routes is going. During the last month, we concentrated on New North Road – and also received input from a number of you on what in …
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