Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?

Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?Since we last blogged about the planned cycleways in Glen Innes, Auckland Transport has released detailed designs for the intersection improvements. They’re pretty advanced for New Zealand – our first ‘Dutch-style roundabouts’ – and we cover them in detail below. Feedback on this project closes Wednesday October 25th! We’re hearing there’s some spirited opposition to car parking removal on some of the roads, so these cycleways really need your support. Here’s the online form – and here’s what we’d say in response to the four feedback questions: 1. Would the Links to Glen Innes Cycleways encourage you to cycle more often in the area? Yes! Yep. Yessirree Bob. Darn tooting. Right? 2. What do you …
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All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre…

All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre...…at least, they do in this current consultation by Auckland Transport, which focuses on making it much easier and safer to ride between the surrounding areas of Stonefields, St John and Point England to Glen Innes. A veritable octopus of protected cycleways radiate from the town centre and train station, bringing the area to life for regular bike access. This is one of the last projects in the 2015-18 Urban Cycleways Programme. After some high level ‘what would you love to see’ consultations, and discussions with key stakeholders like the local board and ourselves, this is the first public view of the routes and cycleway layouts to be built. The short …
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Bikes in Schools – it’s Pt England’s turn!

Bikes in Schools - it's Pt England's turn!It was all smiles at Point England School this week, with the formal launch of their new bike track and bike fleet, thanks to the wonderful Bikes in Schools programme. Point England is the 20th Auckland school to be so lucky – with five more fully funded and ready to go (Whangaparaoa Primary’s bike track opens on 1 March), and another two dozen currently fund-raising. Each school gets a full package of kids’ bikes in different sizes, plus helmets; bike skills training and a bike track to practice skills on; and secure storage for the bikes within school grounds. It’s all accomplished under the auspices of the Bike On Trust, and paid for by fundraising …
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First out of the Greenways gate: the Tamaki Path

First out of the Greenways gate: the Tamaki PathIn what might be the first Greenways project out of the gate under the new Local Path Design Guide, consultation is now open on the proposed Tamaki Path, which will run for 5km through the green reserves alongside the Tamaki Estuary, from Wai o Taiki Bay to Panmure Wharf. This project, which we’ve written about before, has been developed by the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board and the Auckland Council Greenways programme. Feedback has been extended until Thursday 23 February 2017 and here’s the link (scroll down to link for the Online Feedback Form). Note: you can comment on one or all 8 sections of the path. Our quick take This is a brilliant vision, and will be a very scenic addition to …
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Come and celebrate Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Kai!

Come and celebrate Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Kai!Have you been looking for an excuse to come and experience the new stretch of path in the east – the completed first stage of Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai, the first part of what will soon be a grand bicycle (and pedestrian) highway running from Glen Innes all the way into the CBD? Good news! Bike Eastern Suburbs is hosting a family day this Sunday 12 February. Gather at Columbus Cafe in Glen Innes at 10am. After a coffee, the fun begins with a ride and walk along the first stage of the path. At the top of the path at around 11.00, there’s a get-together (with prizes, to be drawn by Councillor Desley Simpson!) at the …
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News we can use: how Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai fits in

News we can use: how Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai fits inAfter the official opening of the first stretch of the great eastern shared path last week, the big question on many people’s lips is: how do we get there? When the full path is complete, you’ll be able to ride from town. But for now, you can make your way via train to Glen Innes to ride the first part. Or, if you’re local, just bowl up to one end or the other, Merton Rd near the train station, or St Johns Rd next to the Sunhill Garden Centre. (Also, if you’re local: got any hot tips for fun things to do at either end, or useful approaches to the path if you’re traveling …
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A cycleway rises in the east… our first peek at GI-Tamaki

A cycleway rises in the east... our first peek at GI-TamakiDo you feel that we’ve been having a biking Christmas each month, lately? Think about it. We’ve had the the national and international awards for the Pink Path, the spectacular growth on cycling routes all around it, the rapid delivery of Quay St and its opening last month, and the sod-turning near Lincoln Rd to extend the NW cycleway towards Westgate. It all makes for an exhilarating cascade of biking goodies. The next goodie under the tree will be Stage 1 of the big new eastern route that will mirror the NW cycleway: the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path. Construction of the first stage, a 1.4km stretch from St John’s Rd …
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Beside the seaside – a new path for Bucklands Beach

Beside the seaside - a new path for Bucklands BeachJo Jalfon writes with news of the Howick Local Board’s plans for an extension to the popular Rotary Shared Path… I’m a big fan of the Rotary Shared Path that weaves along the Tamaki Estuary from Panmure Bridge to Half Moon Bay. It’s wide, largely flat and well-maintained, enabling cyclists, joggers and walkers of all ages to collectively enjoy it year-round. One of its biggest draw-cards, besides accessibility, is its panoramic tidal vista. It reminds me of the song, “I do like to be beside the seaside“, a music-hall hit from the early 1900s… well before my birth date I should stress! The song written by John A. Glover-Kind about …
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On two wheels out east: announcing an Eastern Suburbs bike burb

On two wheels out east: announcing an Eastern Suburbs bike burbLive in Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs and think your burb may be missing out on some of the (cycling) action? Well, fret no longer. The launch of a new bike burb group is changing all that! So, who are we and what are we all about? Well, so far we’re four ordinary locals (male and female, Kiwi, Poms and Dutch) who happen to love biking and want to make the Eastern Suburbs more bike-friendly. (The Dutch bike is the coolest one of all!) We’re all about promoting cycling as a means of local transport, improving local cycling facilities like bike lanes, and just having a bit of fun on two wheels, …
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Glen Innes local links – results of the October 2015 consultation

Glen Innes local links - results of the October 2015 consultationBack in October 2015, Auckland Transport appealed for local intelligence on better biking around Glen Innes, Pt England, and St Heliers. This was the first of their new-style community consultations, complete with an online map widget, an area-wide leaflet drop, and a decent amount of advertising and outreach. The results have now been released (see the official page here), and they make for very interesting reading. There were a total of 1336 different suggestions for making the area more bike-friendly (overview here), via 260 hard copy feedback forms and 33 online responses. Here’s the summary area map, showing where people want to cycle, and the barriers/issues that are putting them off. The map also shows how often each route or barrier/issue …
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A call for Newmarket/ Parnell/ Remuera/ Meadowbank/ Orakei feedback!

A call for Newmarket/ Parnell/ Remuera/ Meadowbank/ Orakei feedback![Update: Consultation now closed] Calling bike-friendly folk of Parnell, Grafton, Newmarket, upper Epsom, Remuera, Meadowbank and Orakei, and anyone who passes through these parts of town! Fresh from consulting on the Inner West suburbs, Auckland Transport is now looking for feedback to help plan the next ten years of bike-friendly streets in the Inner East. Here’s the project page. Add your thoughts by 20 June 2016, via the handy online form and map, or via the freepost consultation pamphlet (arriving in mailboxes and public libraries this week). So. Inner Easties: where do you ride? Where would you ride? Where do protected cycleways need building, and which quiet routes need calming? Where are the clever shortcuts via parks? Where do you need bike parking, safer …
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Open Days – Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path

Open Days - Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared PathKeen to find out more about how the GI to Tamaki path will open up the eastern suburbs? There are two open days this week where you can meet the project team, see the designs for the path, and ask questions about current progress and plans. This is a great opportunity to get a sense of the overall project, dig into the detail, and meet some of the hard-working people behind the designs and diggers. Where: St Chads Church, 38 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank When: Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th April, 3pm – 7pm Section one (Merton Road to St Johns Road) is already under way, and should be completed late …
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Good news for the east: AMETI takes a step forward

Good news for the east: AMETI takes a step forwardThe AMETI project, aka Pakuranga to Panmure, has been off the radar for a while. Indeed, we haven’t really blogged about it since 2012! But today Auckland Transport announced it has lodged a Notice of Requirement – which is the first step in getting it built. As the update notes, construction would likely begin 2021 based on current funding, but could happen earlier if funding becomes available. While this began as a busway project – the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative – it also contains some pretty sweet improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities, which are well overdue as you’ll know if you’ve ridden out that way. (If you haven’t, read Jo’s account of her …
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Delighting in diversity – designing the new Orakei Bay Boardwalk

Delighting in diversity – designing the new Orakei Bay BoardwalkAuckland’s cycleways are a cornucopia of riding experiences. We’ve got the flashy (LightPath); the sophisticated (Canada St Bridge); the grungy (NW through Kingsland); the silky smooth (NW at Te Atatu); the hidden reveal of Grafton Gully and the urban chic at Westhaven. They’re wildly different in function, character, length and width, but we’re used to their diversity. Until recently, gaining new cycling facilities has been a haphazard and torturous process. New projects were rare gems; long anticipated and hard won. Little wonder that we showered praise and gratitude on the builders and funders, and tended not to niggle too much about those aspects that fell a bit short of ‘best …
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Running the gauntlet, from Pakuranga to Panmure (and a plea for better bike parking)

Running the gauntlet, from Pakuranga to Panmure (and a plea for better bike parking)Jo Jalfon commutes daily from the east to town, by bike and train, despite some challenges along the way. Read on to see what she and other commuters from the east are up against, including the matter of parking… I bike from Sunnyhills to Panmure Station to catch the train to work. Why bike? It’s quicker than driving to the train station, especially now that uni’s back in session. I love the freedom it affords me, and the ride over the Tamaki River and around the lagoon is scenic year-round. In fact, on Fridays when I have more time, I sometimes cycle home around the Rotary Walkway – but like most motorists, during …
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