Bike to the future – taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanes

Bike to the future - taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanesPart 1 in a short series on the planned walking and biking improvements for Pt Chevalier. Feedback closes Sunday 23 April – read about the proposal here, and have your say ASAP!  I love Pt Chev for many reasons – not least, because it’s literally got a point: it’s a near-perfect triangle, about as wide as it is tall, leading to a tree-clad promontory into the harbour. I love that you can walk it end to end in half an hour, or dip in and out of the cul-de-sacs to rack up your 10,000 steps. I love the way local kids can learn all the streets. I love the grey herons and magpies who shout at each other in …
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Time to be bold! Mt Albert needs our help by Friday 16 December

Time to be bold! Mt Albert needs our help by Friday 16 DecemberMt Albert Town Centre urgently needs your help, to rescue it from a people-unfriendly design that’s been sprung on everyone at the last minute. As our mates from Generation Zero put it in a recent mailout: just when we all thought we were ending the year on a high note, “Auckland Transport did something dumb and now we need you to stand up for bike lanes yet again.” Here’s the quick link because time is short: hop over here, click the blue button to ‘HAVE YOUR SAY ONLINE’ and support Option 3 now. Feedback closes Friday 16 December! For the full background, see our previous post, with FAQs about crucial aspects of the design. Here’s the …
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“Adverse network effects”: help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!

"Adverse network effects": help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!What is this, Groundhog Day?? Auckland Transport is suddenly backpedalling on a plan for new bike lanes that were meant to form part of a long-awaited town centre upgrade and a key link in the planned cycle network. Worse: this U-turn uses a new ‘preferred option’ from AT that runs contrary to the original public response, the preferences of the Local Board and the local MP, and AT’s own plans for the cycling network. Not to mention the goal of a 30% increase in urban cycling numbers after 2018. Plus, it’s being rushed through quickly, in the weeks just before Christmas! The quick version: AT is proposing to remove the new cycle lanes from Mt Albert town centre in …
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Community response to the East-West Link

Community response to the East-West LinkWe’ve written before about the proposed East-West Link, which would run a major highway along the northern edge of the Onehunga inlet, with significant impact on the township’s interface with the water. Plans are progressing, and while there are some good bike facilities proposed as part of the design, it’d be fair to say we’re still not in love with the idea as a whole. Meanwhile, the local community has been evolving its own plan. Our friends from the Aotea Sea Scouts have asked us to spread the word about this meeting to discuss it: There’s a community meeting at the Onehunga RSA on Monday 14th November at 6:30pm to discuss the Community …
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Waterview and New Lynn paths hit snags, rock on!

Waterview and New Lynn paths hit snags, rock on!Some of you may have been wondering how the (ongoing) Waterview Shared Path construction is going. And we know that some of you have really started to worry about the New Lynn-Avondale-Waterview path, because things have been so quiet from the official side recently. Well, have no fear. There have been some temporary setbacks, but some good people are hard at work overcoming them (hopefully in time for the overall dates to not slip seriously). Waterview Shared Path On the Waterview Shared Path, the most visible works are at the Alford Street Bridge, crossing over to Unitec. These works are going along well – the Well-Connected Alliance (the same folks …
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A new network for the inner west

A new network for the inner westEarlier in the year, Auckland Transport asked for feedback on cycling in and through the inner west suburbs, from Pt Chev to the city. That feedback (865 submissions!) has now been compiled and analysed, and the result is a refreshed plan. There are major cycling improvements on the way over the next few years, and others to follow. You can read more about the detailed public feedback in the consultation report – AT has created a couple of maps that give an overview of the volume and location of people’s thoughts about routes and obstacles. (Click for PDFs: 1, 2) And here’s the revised network map, as a response to that feedback (click here for PDF version): The red …
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Add your voice today on the East-West Link project!

Add your voice today on the East-West Link project!Deadline alert: public feedback on the East-West Link closes TODAY! This is the project that intends to reclaim the northern shore of the inner Manukau to create a highway link between SH1 at Mt Wellington and SH20 at Onehunga. Add your voice! In the interests of speed, we’re attaching screenshots of our official feedback (scroll down) – please feel free to echo our thoughts if they match yours. LINK FOR FEEDBACK – Have Your Say Today! It only takes a minute to fill in. For context: we’ve never been crazy about this one, even though the project proposes to incorporate new cycleways on both the water side and the land side of the motorway, and even along the water’s …
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Bridging creeks, rails and motorway canyons – Waterview Shared Path moves along

Bridging creeks, rails and motorway canyons - Waterview Shared Path moves alongWe recently received an update from the people at the Waterview Alliance, the motorway and tunnel builders who are now also building the Waterview Shared Path. The great news is that work is coming along nicely, and we are now seeing progress on the three key bridges of the project – the Alford Street Bridge linking Waterview suburb with the Unitec Campus, the boardwalk between Phyllis Reserve and Harbutt Reserve, and the rail overbridge at Soljak Street. Here’s what the Alliance has to say on the progress: It’s so great to see construction under way – especially when like many of us, you have waited a long 5 years since the original Board of Inquiry …
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Take care in Cornwall Park: a four month surge of traffic is on the way

Take care in Cornwall Park: a four month surge of traffic is on the wayIf you walk or bike through Cornwall Park, as of Wednesday 20 April you’ll notice a lot more vehicle traffic through the park roads. This is because of major water-main works on Campbell Road, scheduled to last through to the end of August. Obviously this will have an impact on walking and cycling along the through-roads, and general quiet enjoyment of the park. We hope that drivers will respond to the special context and drive with extra care. Note that: The speed limit in the park is 40kph, with a 30kph zone around the gate that has been opened to allow through-access. Traffic will revert to the main roads when the park is closed, i.e. from 7pm to …
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Restoring the Onehunga Harbour foreshore – a progress report

Restoring the Onehunga Harbour foreshore - a progress reportAs the likely effects of the proposed East-West Link sink in, here comes some happier news from a project along the other Onehunga shore. The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project has been busy reconnecting the people to the water, across the motorway, undoing the separation created by the installation of the Southwest Motorway in the 1970s [NB these are two separate projects, but you can do the maths: Onehunga was cut off from its harbour waterfront four decades ago, and we are only now regaining ease of access to the water and restoring the ecosystem. If the East-West Link were to be built, it could take much of our children’s lifetime before that side of the inner harbour is …
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Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge blessing ceremony – a report from Puketapapa

Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge blessing ceremony - a report from PuketapapaCycle Action’s Richard Barter went along to the dawn blessing ceremony for the spectacular new Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge in Mt Roskill’s War Memorial Park, on Friday 5 June. Here’s his report:  I had the privilege of representing Cycle Action, joining local Iwi, community leaders, engineers and contractors, at a dawn ceremony hosted by Auckland Transport to bless Hinaki Bridge, in Puketapapa Mount Roskill War Memorial Park. The bridge, which is the final link in the new Dominion Road parallel cycle routes, spans Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) between the park and Gifford Rd. In design, it is symbolic of the woven flax eel traps traditionally used by Maori in the creek, and was designed by …
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Chamberlain Park Masterplan – feedback due by 2 June

Chamberlain Park Masterplan - feedback due by 2 JuneWe’ve been following the Albert-Eden Local Board’s plans for Chamberlain Park for some months now, with particular interest in the proposal to make this beautiful green space more accessible via cycling and walking paths. Now, feedback is being invited on a Masterplan that provides four different options – all of which rely on a baseline plan that creates two new north-south paths through the park, and links to streets to the west and south of the park. What’s more, the baseline plan notes that “a future shared pedestrian and cycle bridge [across] the Northwestern Motorway … is highlighted as a long-term aspiration.” This would not only reconnect Chamberlain Park to Western Springs (at the Motions Rd intersection), but would also provide …
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