When will AT stop building dangerous pinch points?

When will AT stop building dangerous pinch points?When a few weeks ago we expressed our concerns about Auckland Transport disestablishing their specialist walking & cycling team, AT’s CEO Shane Ellison responded that cycling was “no longer in ‘start-up’ phase”, and that it was time to spread the bike skills around the whole organisation and make active transport part of core business activities. A laudable goal – but what is the reality? What are we to make of it when Auckland Transport, year after year, project after project, continues to trade off the safety of people on bikes for minor improvements to the safety of pedestrians? Pinch points – by design Pinch points, places where the road suddenly narrows, are …
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Out of the safety frying pan, into the fire on Dairy Flat Highway

Out of the safety frying pan, into the fire on Dairy Flat HighwayAs part of Auckland Transport’s new and highly welcome push for safety, Dairy Flat Highway is getting some serious attention. As well as reduced speeds, new right turn bays, centre median safety barriers, side barriers and intersection upgrades, the plan includes a two-lane roundabout at the notorious intersection of Dairy Flat Highway and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway. The improvements come not a moment too soon: this stretch of road has seen nine deaths and 55 serious injuries in the last decade, and this intersection in particular saw eight crashes in 2017 alone. However, we have serious concerns that the design of the proposed roundabout will compromise safety for people on bikes. And we have …
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Give Me Room: A campaign for a safe passing rule

Give Me Room: A campaign for a safe passing ruleYou never really forget what a close pass feels like. You’re tootling happily along on your bike and then, without warning, a motor vehicle roars past, sometimes close enough to touch. Even when it’s not that close, the noise and the air pressure fluctuations of a close pass are enough to get your heart racing. In an instant they can turn a joyful activity into a thing of terror. They’re intimidating and they discourage people from ever getting on a bike. And, in New Zealand, they’re completely legal. If Patrick Morgan gets his way, that will change. Patrick is Cycling Action Network’s project manager and he’s the closest thing we …
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Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu South

Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu SouthAs part of a citywide push for safer streets, Auckland Transport is consulting on a 30kmh neighbourhood in Te Atatu South, just south of SH16. See project page here, and a map of the area under discussion here. This is great news: speed limits set the vibe for neighbourhoods. Not only will a 30kmh zone save lives by putting local wellbeing before rat-running, and people and pets over cars – it’s also the key to friendlier streets, quieter traffic and cleaner air. And, by encouraging more kids to walk and bike to school, it creates a healthier community for eveyone. This alone will be life-changing for Te Atatu South. But wait, there’s more! We …
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After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road, time for real Vision Zero

After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road, time for real Vision ZeroAfter two tragic fatalities on Oteha Valley Road earlier this year, Auckland Transport is proposing to signalise the intersection of Oteha Valley Road and Harrowglen Drive in Northcross, including signal-controlled pedestrian crossings. [See design here] Add your voice before Monday 12 November! Join Bike Auckland in urging AT to lift its game and deliver meaningful safety for people walking and biking on Oteha Valley Road. Click the button to give your feedback along the lines we suggest below. Please redesign this intersection in the light of the 2014 Corridor Management Plan for Oteha Valley Road and a comprehensive plan for walking and cycling safety along this corridor. Please remove the slip lane into …
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Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu 

Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu Auckland Transport is proposing a light-controlled pedestrian and bike crossing on Te Atatu Road, to upgrade a dangerous crossing point near where a fatality happened in late 2017. While this would be some improvement on the status quo, does it go far enough in ensuring safety? Not to our eyes. Here’s the project page and here’s the proposed design: AT proposal for Te Atatu Rd signalised mid-block crossing. At the absolute minimum, we would recommend AT retain a central island, narrow the traffic lanes, and add some kind of threshold treatment to reduce the perceived width for drivers here – instead of increasing it by removing the existing island. This …
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The human cost of delaying safer street design

The human cost of delaying safer street designOur hearts sank when two weeks ago, we saw reports on social media about an incident at the pedestrian crossing on Victoria Rd near Calliope Rd in Devonport. Councillor Chris Darby followed up on those initial reports, and we now have it confirmed by police that a person was indeed hit by a vehicle at the pedestrian crossing on the morning of 10 July. As of last Friday, they were still in Auckland Hospital recovering from serious injuries. Our deepest sympathy goes to them and their family. The human cost of delaying safety decisions Since 2014, we’ve been covering progress (mainly the lack of it) in fixing this locally notorious crossing, …
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