Project Watch: The Southern Cycleway

Project Watch: The Southern CyclewayHere’s something to look forward to, all going well! The first stage of the Southern Cycleway along SH1 should be ready to ride by Christmas – and there are solid plans to extend it southward to Drury over the next few years. What “Southern Cycleway”, you ask? We’re talking about the 4.5km of shared path …
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Chasing the safe cycling mirage around the Airport: time to rethink 

Chasing the safe cycling mirage around the Airport: time to rethink “As a Vision Zero region, Auckland Transport wants to make sure everyone gets home safely.” It’s heartwarming to read these words in AT’s press release about the Home Free Christmas travel offer, and we expect to see the same commitment at the heart of every one of AT’s road projects. But in the rush towards Christmas, we’ve …
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A safer intersection for feet and wheels in Mangere

A safer intersection for feet and wheels in MangereAuckland Transport is proposing to make an intersection safer in Mangere, where Buckland Road meets Wickman Way. Not only has this spot seen some bad crashes, it’s also very hostile on a daily basis for people walking and cycling, as well as driving. In case you needed three more reasons to support this project: the fix …
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Bridging communities across the Papakura Stream

Bridging communities across the Papakura StreamThis guest post was created by and with one of our readers, David Hopkins, who lives locally and leads guided rides. If you’re keen to offer support for this great idea, feel free to drop him a line.  Wouldn’t it be handy to be able to walk to the shops, a cafe, train station or …
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South Auckland’s Skypath – crossing the Manukau on New Mangere Bridge

South Auckland's Skypath - crossing the Manukau on New Mangere BridgeAfter the sudden closure of the Old Mangere Bridge due to advanced deterioration, now the only way to walk and bike across the harbour – until a new walking-biking bridge is completed around 2021 – is via the underpass on SH20 under the New Mangere Bridge. Yes, you read that right: while we’re eagerly awaiting …
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Middlemore: a healthy commute, a health conundrum

Middlemore: a healthy commute, a health conundrumMiddlemore Hospital has been much in the news lately. The health centre at the heart of the isthmus, it sits at the heart of a health-challenged community, many of whom suffer what Dr David Galler calls “the South Auckland full house, ‘a six-card hand of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and gout’.”  Middlemore is …
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A push for Papatoetoe – and for more people-friendly streets!

A push for Papatoetoe – and for more people-friendly streets!Updated 17 April 2018: Auckland Transport has contacted us today to say they’ve revised this intersection design in direct response to our concerns. In what has been a tragic, awful week on Papatoetoe’s streets, we’re happy to claim this as a partial victory. The new intersection design, while still constrained by space and budget, is at …
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Quickblog: Sideways to Takanini

Quickblog: Sideways to TakaniniThe one-sentence version: we campaigned for – and won! – an extra access point for the new Southern Cycleway, and your feedback is now welcome until Friday 9 February. While we’ve been discussing high-profile bike projects through highly visible parts of town, other bikeways are being quietly gotten on with as part of large roading projects, …
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Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNS

Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNSWe’re a pretty tight team in Bike Auckland; a close collaboration of talents and interests. I’m very lucky to be at the centre of the team, orchestrating our work. Since the arrival of our inspirational contract staff,  Communications Manager, Jolisa Gracewood, and Events/Partnerships Manager, Olivia Lynch, I feel I am either sitting in the audience, …
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Otahuhu needs bike love too! Add your voice by 6 September

Otahuhu needs bike love too! Add your voice by 6 SeptemberThe quick version: Otahuhu Town Centre is getting a makeover – but there’s not much in it for people on bikes, and it could be a lot better for pedestrians. Feedback closes very soon (Wednesday 6 September) – so we encourage you to go to the feedback link ASAP and answer Question 2 by asking for these 3 …
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A new path to the new Otahuhu train station

A new path to the new Otahuhu train stationThere’s a brand new train station in Otahuhu, and now Auckland Transport is inviting public feedback on a proposal for T3 lanes and a shared path to the station along Walmsley Rd. Here’s the project information page with a link for feedback, which is open until Friday 17 February. You can see the full plans here. As well as adding T3 lanes, …
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Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways – have your say!

Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways - have your say![Update: this consultation has closed. But you can have your say on the Local Board Priorities before Wednesday 28 March 2018, and ask what greenway projects the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board will prioritise for delivery!] Now that the Local Path Design Guide is out in the wild, it’s going to be exciting to see what the Local Boards …
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Future streets and current bikeshare in Mangere

Future streets and current bikeshare in MangereIf you’re cruising around Mangere, you might see six bright-red postie bikes getting a new lease on life. They are part of a free community bikeshare scheme in Mangere, started up by the tirelessly creative Teau Aiturau. Two bikes are permanently stationed at the Te Moana-a-Kiwi Pool and Gym. They’re free to borrow for anyone who  fancies a spin around the …
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The great northward commute on Great South Road

The great northward commute on Great South RoadGiulia Rodighiero bikes to town along what we at Bike Auckland think of as the ‘missing highway’ – from the south into the CBD. In this photo story, she shares the good, bad, and the ugly of her commute… I recently moved from Mt Albert to Manurewa, which changed my work commute to K’Rd from a relatively …
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A new bike path in Mangere – and more to come!

A new bike path in Mangere – and more to come!I enjoyed a fabulous day out at Kirkbride Rd/SH20A on Friday, representing Bike Auckland and witnessing a big step closer to making Mangere the biking capital of the Pacific. First off: the opening event for a new stretch of cycleway. The initial section is not that long, but makes up for it by being super smooth riding and a really good width. Note …
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