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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