Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?

Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?Horrible puns aside, there’s something planned for where Sunset Road meets Target Road in the Totara Vale part of the Shore. And in the developing tradition of Auckland Transport’s proposals of the last couple of years, the proposals are a mixed bag of good and bad. Sunset Road and Target Road / Caribbean Drive are larger collector roads through the middle of this Auckland residential suburb, leading to the surrounding arterial roads, motorways and, increasingly, busways and new cycleways. The current roundabout is designed for capacity and (relatively) high speeds, and is painfully unpleasant for pedestrians, with crossings over the approach arms being mere suggestions, rather than actual facilities – …
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Albany: so much potential… so many gaps

Albany: so much potential… so many gapsThe Northern Corridor Improvement project will transform bike riding in Albany and the Upper Harbour area, NZTA is building 7km of shared path alongside the motorway from Oteha Valley Road to Constellation Drive and then up State Highway 18. This will *almost* link to a safe cycle route of 3.8km on Albany Highway. In this guest post, Anna Atkinson explains that although locals are truly lucky that this is happening, in order to really make the most of it, the NZTA, AT and the Local Board need to work together and “think network”, to improve the connections into the local areas. (Note: Anna is running for Upper Harbour Local Board) I …
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Join us to talk bike parking at Devonport Ferry Terminal

Join us to talk bike parking at Devonport Ferry TerminalOn the first Thursday of each month, Bike Auckland convenes a casual breakfast meet-up at different cafes around the central city. It’s timed to be convenient for people to drop in on their way to work etc, and sometimes includes free coffees. We’re shaking things up a bit location-wise – this month’s Bike Breakfast is Thursday 4 April, 7.30am-9am at Devon on the Wharf in Devonport. (Note:The kitchen opens at 8am if you’re planning on having a cooked breakfast.) Everyone’s welcome, as always. We’re particularly keen to meet people interested in the topic of bike parking on the wharf, and how the recent changes have affected your experience. We know …
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A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?

A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road earlier this year, members of neighbourhood bike burb Bike Albany started a petition for urgent safety improvements. The petition drew a powerful chorus of support: 3000 signatures and the backing of the bereaved families, local schools, the local MP, and the Upper Harbour Local Board. (Read more here about the long-running push for safety on this road. In particular, the 2013 Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Oteha Valley Road recommended comprehensive upgrades to protect people walking and cycling, but has been gathering dust ever since. As always, we invite AT to reread that CMP and Bike Auckland’s January 2014 submission in support, in …
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Out of the safety frying pan, into the fire on Dairy Flat Highway

Out of the safety frying pan, into the fire on Dairy Flat HighwayAs part of Auckland Transport’s new and highly welcome push for safety, Dairy Flat Highway is getting some serious attention. As well as reduced speeds, new right turn bays, centre median safety barriers, side barriers and intersection upgrades, the plan includes a two-lane roundabout at the notorious intersection of Dairy Flat Highway and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway. The improvements come not a moment too soon: this stretch of road has seen nine deaths and 55 serious injuries in the last decade, and this intersection in particular saw eight crashes in 2017 alone. However, we have serious concerns that the design of the proposed roundabout will compromise safety for people on bikes. And we have …
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After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road, time for real Vision Zero

After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road, time for real Vision ZeroAfter two tragic fatalities on Oteha Valley Road earlier this year, Auckland Transport is proposing to signalise the intersection of Oteha Valley Road and Harrowglen Drive in Northcross, including signal-controlled pedestrian crossings. [See design here] Add your voice before Monday 12 November! Join Bike Auckland in urging AT to lift its game and deliver meaningful safety for people walking and biking on Oteha Valley Road. Click the button to give your feedback along the lines we suggest below. Please redesign this intersection in the light of the 2014 Corridor Management Plan for Oteha Valley Road and a comprehensive plan for walking and cycling safety along this corridor. Please remove the slip lane into …
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It’s all go at the Bike Kaipatiki Pop-Up Hub!

It's all go at the Bike Kaipatiki Pop-Up Hub!As if overnight, a bike hub has popped up in the Northcote town centre. Where did it spring from? Well, back in July, Panuku and the Northcote Business Association had a thought: with the Northcote Safe Cycle Route being built right past the door, how could they actively invite more people on bikes to visit the town centre? Panuku, in turn, approached the vigorous volunteers in our local bike burb, Bike Kaipatiki, with a tempting offer. Could Bike Kaipatiki take over an empty shop front and turn it into a pop-up bike hub? Could they ever! BK has run regular bike tune-up stands at local parks and a bike market at …
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