Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington Road

Quickblog: Carry on on Carrington RoadDoing the rounds of AT’s website, we found this short but useful bit of new protected cycle lane coming for the Pt Chev community: AT is proposing to install what looks like St Lukes-style separators on Carrington Road, on the southbound section from the Pt Chev town centre and across the motorway bridge, as far south as Sutherland Road (i.e. to the Northwestern Cycleway entry!). Sadly, this quick fix project doesn’t extend any further down Carrington Rd, because the lanes get a lot narrower south of Sutherland Road and then swing out around parked cars outside Gladstone Primary. Despite the obvious limitations, we think this is a good quick improvement …
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Let’s try this again – bike facilities for new Mangere Town Centre bus station

Let's try this again - bike facilities for new Mangere Town Centre bus stationCycling to a bus station should be safe and easy. And even if you don’t cycle to it, cycling past it should be safe and easy. Particularly when it’s a brand new bus station upgrade, such as the one planned for the Mangere Town Centre on Bader Drive, in the heart of Mangere, between the shopping centre (shops, plus library and a major arts centre) and a very popular park. And doesn’t this apply twice as much if the bus station is right smack-dab in the middle of one of Auckland Transport’s flagship walking and cycling projects – Te Ara Mua, in Mangere Central? Surely that’s the place where you would …
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Speaking for you – Glen Innes to Tamaki, Stage 2

Speaking for you - Glen Innes to Tamaki, Stage 2Much of Bike Auckland’s work happens behind the scenes in meetings throughout the week with AT, NZTA and their project teams. We also make formal submissions on cycleway projects. This work is done gratis by engineering-savvy volunteers who have really full-on day jobs. They love biking so much they sweet talk their families into allowing them time in the weekends and nights on their keyboards for all of us who make up Bike Auckland. Are they heroes – You bet! Here”s an example –  BA supplied feedback on Stage 2 of NZTA’s GI-Tamaki shared path, the grand eastern cycleway project funded by the Urban Cycleways Programme, that will run along the green spine from Glen Innes station …
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An interchange with no bikeways

An interchange with no bikewaysOne of the most frustrating experiences with Auckland Transport is the silo planning. While AT’s walking and cycling team has hugely improved in the last year, it seems that large chunks of the rest of the organisation are still working away under the impression that cycling is either a luxury, or somebody else’s job. This at least is our feeling when we see proposals like the big Manukau Transport interchange on Putney Way, right next to Manukau Train Station and the MIT Campus (and the big Westfield Mall). This new bus station is proposed to cost $26 million. But the plans include no cycle facilities to get to it, just …
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Back to the Past – Part I: Abbotts Way

Back to the Past – Part I: Abbotts WayWhat would you do if you had a time machine? Well, one of the things we’d currently like to do is go back a couple of months and ask a certain project team in Auckland Transport “What the heck, folks? Do you ever, like, ride a bike?” And “You really sure you checked your project doesn’t throw sticks in someone else’s wheels?” The good thing is, we don’t need a time machine yet. Nothing has yet been done that Marty McFly needs to travel back in time to fix (again). All that’s been damaged so far is… our patience with AT’s silo thinking. Now’s the time for some take-charge protagonists in …
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Devonport news – submission on the Calliope/Victoria roundabout rebuild

We try to stay abreast of most developments in street redesign around Auckland so we can best represent people on bikes when it comes to reshaping our roads. And we pride ourselves on our collective expertise when it comes to spotting things that could be done better, to make the design safer for all road users. As a volunteer operation, we pace ourselves and share the work, to make sure we don’t miss a trick. It’s often a challenge – but it’s why we’re here! So, when a Devonport project belatedly came across our desks this week – the reshaping of the intersection of Victoria Rd and Calliope Rd as a roundabout …
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Heads up – SkyPath consent application hearing late May/ early June

Heads up - SkyPath consent application hearing late May/ early JuneRemember how we buried Council planners in thousands of submissions for the SkyPath resource consent application?    I still get a huge glow of pride when I think how you all responded to our joint campaign with Generation Zero. What really impressed me, when I scanned some of the 11,000 submissions, was the careful thought you gave to explaining how SkyPath would open up the city to you for easier cycling. Most of you didn’t just tick boxes – you added your own story about why this project is needed. And those stories stuck in my mind. We’re now looking towards the application hearing, which we hear will be late May – early June. …
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Closing today – submit for the best-ever cycling budget!

Closing today - submit for the best-ever cycling budget!Consultation closes today at 4pm today on the Council’s killer budget for cycling. It’s desperate, nail chewing stuff ! Shape Auckland gives you two options: a Basic Budget, (which knifes cycling and public transport), or the Auckland Plan Transport Network budget, which says we can have it all – more cycling, public transport and a hefty dose of costly, unnecessary new roads – but it’ll cost Auckland big-time! So Cycle Action has worked with Generation Zero on a smart third alternative – one that we can afford, and which prioritises public transport and cycling over more roads. Please submit to support it today – Fix Our City.  On Thursday I was invited …
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We have seen the future and it is…

We have seen the future and it is...Well, this is exciting! Stunning plans have been released for a 30km fully separated bike super-highway running west to east across the city. There’ll also be a slightly shorter north-south route – again, fully separated. And six other bikeways converging on the city will be fully upgraded – and fully separated from traffic. Best of all: the diggers started yesterday, and it’ll be ready by spring 2016.  Don’t believe me? Here’s the Mayor himself, always up for a bike-friendly photo opp. I cannot wait to grab my bike, buy a plane ticket and… Oh, you thought we were talking about Auckland? Nope. Sorry. London. Brilliant, though, eh? And one look is enough to …
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Dustin’ off our megaphone…

Dustin' off our megaphone...On Sunday, the Herald shook its fist on behalf of drivers upset by delays of weeks or months on dozens of delayed road projects across the city. Road safety campaigner and car reviewer Clive Matthew-Wilson is among the hundreds of motorists frustrated by the daily Onewa Rd bottleneck, saying the delays impacted on commuting times and livelihoods. “These kinds of delays have a profound economic effect. Meetings are missed, things don’t get delivered.” We get that. Delays are frustrating, even when you know workers are working as fast as they can. But meanwhile, those of us who also get around on bikes have been patiently waiting years for our safe, connected paths across the city. Sure, exciting projects are …
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SkyPath thanks you …….. why stop now!

Sunday 2pm update – Get ready for it ……….6,OOO submissions just ticked over!   Amazing news from Ryan – Gen Zero Comms Director, running this campaign with us. KEEP THOSE SUBMISSIONS COMING –  let’s show them how much we want SkyPath! Quick Submission form here.  Submission deadline is Friday, 23rd 5pm. Friday update –  We’re gobsmacked! 3,500 submissions in by 9.30pm last night to our joint Cycle Action/Gen Zero Support SkyPath campaign! Spread this blog link  – do you have friends/relations who would like to walk or cycle out to see the Harbour views when they visit Auckland – or who would love to add SkyPath to their list for …
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Auckland’s Biggest Freight Project – Why should Cyclists Care?

Deadline is this FRIDAY: Please submit on East-West Link, and prevent another of our harbour edges from becoming a motorway. Please consider making the following points: Choose Option A, the existing route upgrade – we don’t have the cash or the need for massive new roads Don’t build any new connections along the foreshore – the Manukau Harbour needs to be protected Affected (or new) cycling routes need to be high quality – separated from motor vehicles, and ideally from pedestrians You can give your feedback online.
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Lincoln Road submissions

We have received an email from AT setting out the result of submissions the proposed changes to Lincoln Road. It appears that cyclists were very active in submissions: 60 submissions favoured separated cycle-ways. Decision: A separated facility for cyclists will be investigated as part of the detailed design Now of course we would like to see a bit more committment from AT than just investigate. However, 60 submissions was the most received in favour of anything related to the project and more than a third of the total submissions received, so you would hope AT will deliver what the people. After all, I am pretty sure I remember reading somewhere …
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Take a left at Don Buck Road

AT is currently consulting on a short new section of the cycle network to be built out west – on Don Buck Road (west of Triangle) Road, and on a stretch of nearby Red Hills Road. A more detailed consultation plan is here. The project is intended to do two key things, from how we see it: Allow people to cycle more safely along Don Buck Road / Red Hills road – providing shared paths along the route, as well as partial cycle lanes. The shared paths seem mainly aimed at providing a route to the nearby Domain & Primary School – in the long run, we understand it may also …
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NW Cycleway @ Te Atatu – temporary diversion

Fulton Hogan’s Project Manager has flagged to us that the cycleway route needs to be diverted temporarily as part of the cycleway and other upgrades happening along the NW Motorway – “We’re gearing up to begin work on the Te Atatu project and one of the elements of the job is a shared use path along the westbound carriageway which will link up with the Lincoln Road path we are building that ends at Henderson Creek Bridge.    The current cycle path that joins in to  McCormick Rd is hard up on the designation and needs to be removed while we install vector Cable ducts under it and then replace …
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