AMETI: Change a street, change a (thousand) mind(s)

AMETI: Change a street, change a (thousand) mind(s)Let’s be honest – those of us who already ride bikes and understand the freedom they offer can be a bit dismissive when we hear other people say ‘Aucklanders will never get out of their cars’. We wax lyrical about all the advantages of biking, whether statistical (health gains! longer life expectancy! cleaner air!) or the personal (the fun! the freedom! the wind in our hair!). We’re puzzled by those who just don’t get it, and who steadfastly insist that they and their neighbours will never leave the car at home. But then you see what’s faced by people living in places like East Auckland – and suddenly it’s not …
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A ‘safety-wash’ in East Auckland – or a chance for change?

A 'safety-wash' in East Auckland – or a chance for change?Auckland Transport is proposing changes at a couple of intersections on Botany Road in East Auckland, to ‘alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for road users and pedestrians.’ The problem is, while adding a couple of pedestrian improvements, the car-centric design mainly proposes widening the roads to ‘alleviate congestion’ (!)… …while not improving safety at all for people on bikes, and in several ways making things more dangerous than they already are. We say that’s not okay, especially in the light of AT’s new safety commitment. One might go so far as to say it’s unconscionable. Certainly, the word ‘safety-washing‘ has been applied. So let’s hold AT to a higher standard. …
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Speak up for local paths in East Auckland!

Speak up for local paths in East Auckland!Ahoy residents of East Tamaki, Pakuranga, Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach, Howick, Highland Park, Flatbush, Botany Downs, and Dannemora! If you walk or bike in the area, and you’re dreaming of a safe school route, or a particular shortcut through a park, or an upgrade that would make an existing route more usable – this is your chance to have your say. Feedback is open on the Howick Local Paths Draft Network until Saturday 7 April 2018. Take a look at the draft map for the area and the consultation document, and add your thoughts here. Q. What are Local Paths? Formerly known as Greenways, Local Paths are all about creating better …
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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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