Going round in circles at Royal Oak

Going round in circles at Royal OakAuckland Transport is consulting on an “upgrade” to the Royal Oak roundabout, which sits at the heart of what we in Bike Auckland call the “Bike Bermuda Triangle”: the central isthmus, woefully bereft of bikeways. This roundabout is notoriously hostile for people on bikes and only the bravest amongst us travel through it, whether commuting or just going to the shops. You’re braver than me. I’ve lived 500m from the Royal Oak roundabout for 20 years and I haven’t ridden on it once. I get off and walk using the pedestrian crossings. — shaun (@slow_tri_guy) December 12, 2018 Auckland Transport reports that this highly dangerous intersection has had 61 crashes in the …
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Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond Trauma

Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond TraumaThis powerful guest post by Emma McInnes of Women in Urbanism delves into a difficult topic: the lingering trauma from even a minor bike crash. Like previous first-person posts on the subject, we hope it strikes a chord – and inspires an even louder call for safer streets. My first bike crash in central Auckland happened on Symonds Street. I was biking downhill towards the university. A driver coming out of a side road, turning left, didn’t look right, and ran over top of me. I was literally peeled off the road by a stranger, who carried me to the footpath to get me out of the traffic. I remember being too scared to …
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The Road to Zero – a new safety strategy (feedback open until 14 August)

The Road to Zero - a new safety strategy (feedback open until 14 August)We’ve written about Vision Zero before: the proposition that no loss of life is acceptable on our roads, and that human life and wellbeing must never be traded off against other priorities. Now the Ministry of Transport is consulting on a draft transport strategy for 2020-2030 that incorporates Vision Zero thinking. Feedback is open until 5pm on Wednesday 14 August, and we encourage you to take a moment to support the new approach. It’s a strong vision, and we support it, while also seeing ways it can be even stronger. Here’s an introductory video and links to the documents. And here’s the full consultation document. The button below will open the …
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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 us crazy, but we happen to think people on bikes are just as deserving of quick-fix safety measures as trees and verandahs. Of course, raised and/or fully separated bikeways remain the Holy Grail: protected and connected bike lanes save lives – not just for people on bikes – and are a key part of any respectable …
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Raised crossings, raised expectations

Raised crossings, raised expectationsWork has begun at last on the Western Springs shared path improvements across the motorway on and off-ramps, and past the petrol station and the famous Pohutukawa Six opposite MOTAT. This project was consulted on over a year ago, has strong support from the Waitemata Local Board, and was originally set to be delivered ‘in the third quarter of 2018’. So it’s a relief to see it finally under way, as it will bring much-needed safety to a route well-travelled by school children. One bump in the road Auckland Transport’s design included raised crossings to improve safety for people walking and biking across the motorway slip lanes, as well as …
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Cycling is “embedded” at AT – but beware the snooze button!

Cycling is "embedded" at AT – but beware the snooze button!We’ve been told that cycling (and thus, the safety of people on bikes) is now ‘embedded’ across the whole of Auckland Transport. So it came as a surprise when, in April, the Auckland City Centre Residents’ Group shared on Twitter a draft design for a rebuild of the Quay Street / Tangihua Street intersection – on Auckland’s busiest bike route – that seemed about to fly under the radar without much or any public input, including from us. Steering traffic away from the water… The image showed a proposed reconfiguration of the intersection at the Countdown supermarket corner opposite the Ports of Auckland entrance. The design followed the new intention to …
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Six reasons for safer speeds – besides saving lives

Six reasons for safer speeds – besides saving livesThe safer speeds bylaw consultation closes on Sunday 31 March – please submit in support! Use the button below to go straight to the feedback page and express your support safer speeds. Also, feel free to mention anywhere you’d like to see safer speed limits in place. 30kmh school zones? Your street? Your neighbourhood? Go for it! You can also use this map to drop a pin – that counts as feedback too. ADD YOUR VOICE BEFORE SUNDAY 31 MARCH There’s been lots of great coverage of why this is so important for our city, most of which has rightly led with the need to save lives and reduce injuries …
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