Quick Submit Guide – Māngere Cycling Improvements, December 2020

This is Bike Auckland’s quick submit guide for AT’s Māngere cycling improvement proposals. Go here for our full blog on these improvements and what they’ll do for people on bikes in Māngere – with your support! Submissions close this Sunday, 13 December It’s a great package of improvements that link up several projects in the …
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Three Long Years: doing right by John Bonner

Three Long Years: doing right by John BonnerThe death in 2017 of a person on a bike at a notoriously dangerous location on Te Atatū Road, near Cellarmans Street, should have prompted action by Auckland Transport. It didn’t. Nearly three years on, pedestrians and cyclists are still having to use an unprotected median strip, between four lanes of fast, constant traffic when …
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Joining the dots in Te Atatū South – feedback closes 21 July

Joining the dots in Te Atatū South - feedback closes 21 JulyAs you know, we’re all about the local links and local knowledge. Auckland Transport is proposing a useful safety upgrade for a dangerous intersection in Te Atatū South. But with a few simple changes, it could be so much better! We’ve put our heads together with Bike Te Atatū and Bike Henderson to improve the intersection …
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Safer streets for Henderson – quick submit by 8 March!

Safer streets for Henderson - quick submit by 8 March!We try to be across most projects that affect people on bikes in Auckland. Here’s one that nearly slipped our attention: a package of road safety improvements in Henderson, funded by the Local Board and to be built by Auckland Transport. Not only do local residents deserve safer streets, more than 4000 kids go to school …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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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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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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. …
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