Our future gets decided in places like Mt Roskill

Our future gets decided in places like Mt RoskillAre we actually improving things for cycling, for road safety, for climate change in Auckland? Or do we double down on encasing the Status Quo in literal concrete? New AT proposals make us wonder whether there really is any consistency – or any will  – in our transport agencies to change things for the better. …
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Lack of Progress on Oteha Valley Road

Lack of Progress on Oteha Valley RoadBike Albany have sent a letter to Auckland Transport and Auckland Council requesting that a safe cycleway and pedestrian crossings along Oteha Valley Road are included in the next round of Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP). Nicholas Carman of Bike Albany writes that a fix must be applied now: In 2018, two people …
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Speak up for better bike connections in Māngere!

Speak up for better bike connections in Māngere!Māngere could and should be cycling nirvana: easy flat terrain, lots of schools and churches, great local town centres, and stunning parks and natural features (go ask that maunga!). But while a few excellent cycling projects are falling into place, there’s no safe network to link everything up. We could all help change that. Auckland …
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Great North Road, car transporters, and safety

Great North Road, car transporters, and safetyThe issue of car-transporters on Great North Road has been in the news recently, in this Metro article and this follow-up piece (including a quote from our chair, Barb Cuthbert. The story drew an overdue and somewhat tepid response from Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, and this great analysis of the wider situation from Greater Auckland. In this guest …
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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. …
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Tamaki Drive: It’s Had Some Love, More is on the Way

Tamaki Drive: It’s Had Some Love, More is on the WayIf you frequently cycle along Tamaki Drive you might already have forgotten what we’ve gained as a result of the new-look Ngapipi Road intersection completed in July, and the Quay Street Cycleway extension which opened just last month. A reminder, then. The Quay Street Cycleway, already one of the city’s most popular routes, was extended …
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A rough ride: run-ins en route to Middlemore

A rough ride: run-ins en route to MiddlemoreRounding out our series of guest posts by Middlemore medics who bike to work is Renate Koops, a consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes. Like her colleagues Rob Burrell and Craig Birch, Renate rides because it comes naturally – she’s Dutch! – and because it’s a refreshing and healthy way to travel. Or rather, it …
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Cycling to Middlemore – a health hazard?

Cycling to Middlemore - a health hazard?A recent guest post by Dr Rob Burrell struck a real chord. It was about the irony of how dangerous it is to bike to one of Auckland’s biggest hospitals – despite cycling being one of the healthiest commutes there is. Now, Rob’s anaesthetist colleague Dr Craig Birch follows up with his own story of how …
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Common courtesy: why I wave at motorists who let me cross

Common courtesy: why I wave at motorists who let me crossI’ve long had a habit, like many others, of giving a cheery wave to motorists who slow down to let me cross when I approach a zebra crossing on my bike. Even if sometimes it’s just a quick raise of the hand – sorry, I need that hand back on my handlebar, there’s a tight …
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Speaking the same language on safety

Speaking the same language on safetyWe welcome Auckland Transport’s recent media release last week, acknowledging the horrific increase since 2014 in deaths and serious injuries for people using AT’s road network (as laid out in the independent safety report commissioned by the AT board). It’s painful but necessary to have this out in the open, and Greater Auckland covered the topic well …
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Putting the brakes on business biking? 3 reasons for Beca and Aurecon to reconsider

Putting the brakes on business biking? 3 reasons for Beca and Aurecon to reconsiderThe first days of spring are a great time to be on a bike – and it’s a pretty good time to be in the business of building cycle infrastructure too, with plenty of great projects on the go, and (hopefully!) more to come as the cycle boom attracts support locally and nationally. So we’ve …
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Ngapipi Drive / Tamaki Drive – The New Look?

Ngapipi Drive / Tamaki Drive - The New Look?The new design for Ngapipi / Tamaki Drive is now much better than the original signals design. Here’s hoping it did well in the consent hearing this week! With the safety issues for people on bikes at Ngapipi Drive known for so long, it was good to finally see AT’s proposed new layout proceeding to consultation & …
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Great North Road / Bullock Track – a difficult, slow beast

Great North Road / Bullock Track - a difficult, slow beastUnsafe conditions on New Zealand roads are often left untreated for long periods, because we do not yet prioritise and fund road safety with Vision Zero-style dedication. But at some point – like when an intersection is officially listed as one of the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in New Zealand” and “Third worst in Auckland” – …
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‘First do no harm’: why it’s time for Vision Zero NZ

'First do no harm': why it's time for Vision Zero NZSobering news: in August, New Zealand’s road fatality toll stands at 214 people killed on our roads so far this year, including 3 people who were just out riding their bikes, 15 pedestrians,10 children; 50 in Auckland alone… any way you slice the data, it’s still too many. And that’s not accounting for life-changing injury. What is an acceptable fatality rate, in a country our …
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The kids are all right… cycling on the footpath?

The kids are all right... cycling on the footpath?With voting very much in the news at the moment, an article caught our eye over the weekend… not about Brexit – about those who aren’t old enough to vote yet, but who have strong opinions and equally important rights. According to a new study by Erica Hinckson of  AUT, reported in the Sunday Star-Times, …
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