Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?

Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?Horrible puns aside, there’s something planned for where Sunset Road meets Target Road in the Totara Vale part of the Shore. And in the developing tradition of Auckland Transport’s proposals of the last couple of years, the proposals are a mixed bag of good and bad. Sunset Road and Target Road / Caribbean Drive are larger collector roads through the middle of this Auckland residential suburb, leading to the surrounding arterial roads, motorways and, increasingly, busways and new cycleways. The current roundabout is designed for capacity and (relatively) high speeds, and is painfully unpleasant for pedestrians, with crossings over the approach arms being mere suggestions, rather than actual facilities – …
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Vision Zero in Onehunga: four steps forward, three steps back?

Vision Zero in Onehunga: four steps forward, three steps back?Updated 30 October 2019: Good news! Advocacy works! AT will build this roundabout as originally designed, with crossings on all four arms. Thank you to Nicholas Lee, local MP Denise Lee, and every single one of you who raised your voices. Onwards and upwards… The roundabout being built at the Victoria/Church intersection in Onehunga will have the four crossings as originally proposed. The project team have work hard with with the community in the past week to find a resolution. Construction starts Monday! Good work @AklTransport pic.twitter.com/rRRGwYQthF — John (@johnage) October 30, 2019 Earlier this week, Twitter lit up with reactions to Auckland Transport’s redesign of an Onehunga intersection. While …
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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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