Bring back the school bike run!

Bring back the school bike run!Jonny Webster from Bike Te Atatu writes with news of some smart kids exercising their right to ride… A cancelled bus route has inadvertently helped a group of West Auckland students discover the advantages of a commute by bike. The scheduled bus from Te Atatu Peninsula to the Rathgar Road schools in Henderson was plagued by stuck rush hour traffic and slow journey times (in the morning, it took about 45 mins but was almost always held up in traffic, especially with works on Te Atatu Rd, and the evening bus left 30 mins after school finished, and took 40 mins unless the traffic was bad). Then the bus got …
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A new link to New Lynn – take Seabrook Ave into town!

A new link to New Lynn - take Seabrook Ave into town!Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on cycling improvements in New Lynn. Feedback is open until Sunday 21 May 2017 – use the big blue button on the project page, or this direct link. This is the first project out of the gate in response to last year’s area-wide consultation, which revealed a huge local demand for safer cycling links in New Lynn and Avondale. The proposed wider cycle network that will (eventually) emerge from that exercise is here: New-Lynn-proposed-network-map [PDF] And this is the section that’s currently funded and being consulted on for construction: The main part of the project is a new cycleway along the berm on Seabrook Ave between Willerton and Margan Ave, which …
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It’s Whau real – a design for Te Whau Pathway!

It's Whau real - a design for Te Whau Pathway!The fabulous Te Whau* Pathway project is leaping ahead, with a draft preliminary design now out for public consultation. We’re reported before on how this Greenway will create 12km of safe shared path along the western edge of the Whau River, from Te Atatu to Green Bay, to be completed over the next 5-8 years. Some sections are already in place, but this plan will make sure that future stages will work best for the grand vision! (*If you’re not familiar with Whau, you may be tempted to pronounce it ‘Wow’ – in fact, it’s ‘Fo’, as in, yes, that beautiful vision is fo’ real!) Te Whau Pathway is a truly exemplary Greenway project – ecologically and historically …
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Another milestone (and a party!) for Te Whau Pathway

Another milestone (and a party!) for Te Whau PathwayThere’s steady progress along an exciting greenway in West Auckland: Te Whau Pathway, which will eventually form a connection all the way from Green Bay through New Lynn and up the Whau Estuary to Te Atatu, via local parks and clever boardwalks, all wide enough to share for walking and cycling. Several sections of new path have been built over the past year – to be formally linked together by future projects – and now, Stage 1A is having an official opening party! Date: Saturday 19 November (rain date Saturday 3 December) Time: 10am – 12pm Venue: McLeod Park, end of McLeod Road, Te Atatu South The event will begin with short speeches, followed by: Social games of …
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Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!

Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!Allons-y, which is French for ‘on your bike!’ A tiny, slow-paced Tour De France is coming to Waterview, on Saturday 15th October 2016 @ 10am. The ‘Tour de Waterview’ is the brainchild of the lovable Waterview Coffee Project, which operates out of a colourful container on Daventry St and is the caffeinated glue that holds the neighbourhood together. If you’re a local, you’ll be in like Flynn. If you’re not, come and visit this sweet little ‘hood keeping it real in the shadow of New Zealand’s biggest motorway project. Waterview is easily accessible via the NW cycleway – exit the cycleway at Great North Rd beside the overbridge onto the east/city …
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Another local connection for Pt Chev & Waterview

Another local connection for Pt Chev & WaterviewOne small step for local connections, one giant leap for an increasingly bikeable city. A new boardwalk and shared path has officially opened in Pt Chevalier, linking Eric Armishaw Reserve (beloved of native birds and kite-surfers, as glimpsed from the motorway causeway) to the local town centre and eventually to Waterview. This is one of the links fought so hard for by locals and granted by the Environment Court as part of the mitigation for the massive Waterview Connection project, which is taking final shape in the gully between two once-connected communities. The original wish was for a bridge between Waterview and Pt Chevalier. In the end, as Margi Watson of the Albert-Eden Local …
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Greenways for Huapai-Kumeu – have your say

Greenways for Huapai-Kumeu - have your sayBike Kumeunity was formed to encourage the residents of Huapai and Kumeu to consider cycling as an everyday form of transport, to get to the shops, the library, the Arts Centre, as well as riding around the quiet country roads in our lovely neighbourhood. One of the biggest current challenges is to find safe cycling routes within and between the twin towns of Huapai and Kumeu, divided as they are by the increasingly busy state highway. It turns out that SH16 is the sole responsibility of NZTA, while the other roads in the two towns and the surrounding countryside are the responsibility of Auckland Transport. We see the Draft Greenways Network plan currently …
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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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Bike Kumeunity – does what it says on the tin!

Bike Kumeunity - does what it says on the tin!They’ve got the best name and an impressive membership already. Meet the newly formed ‘Bike Kumeunity’… The small semi-rural district of Kumeu on the northwest edge of Auckland is composed of several small villages just a few kilometres apart from each other – highly scenic, relatively flat, and closely connected, at first glance it’s perfect for bike riding for fitness, transport and fun. But those who currently cycle within and between the villages put their lives in others’ hands. The towns are bisected by busy state highways, and cyclists need not so much legs of steel, but nerves of iron to ride among the tens of thousands of cars and heavy trucks …
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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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New links for New Lynn

New links for New LynnAuckland Transport is looking for feedback on making safer links for walking and cycling in the wider New Lynn area. In particular, says AT: ‘The area has good potential to get more people travelling to train stations by bike. Initially, New Lynn Train Station is our priority as it’s the third busiest station in Auckland, and will only be a 26-minute train ride from the city once the City Rail Link is constructed.’ As with the recent Glen Innes and Inner West consultations (and the current Inner East one), the idea is to gather local intelligence on what routes are important, where the missing links are, and what barriers are getting in the …
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Rail trails WITH trains – Final whistle for New Lynn-Avondale!

Rail trails WITH trains - Final whistle for New Lynn-Avondale!A guest blog by Sam Finnemore, one of our good friends and occasional contributors. A few weeks ago Bike Auckland shared Auckland Transport’s plans for the proposed New Lynn to Avondale bike path, which will hug the Western Rail Line corridor from Rankin Street through to Blockhouse Bay Road. Auckland Transport are hoping to have the first sod to be turned in late 2016 – and if you haven’t submitted yet on the plans, you’ll have to be speedy too, with a deadline of this coming Sunday (15 May) to get in your feedback on the project! Here’s the quick link for feedback. The more submissions the better – whether …
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Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?

Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?Thanks to a tip from our friends at Transport Blog, we were alerted to the fact that Auckland Transport has quietly uploaded a plan of their future design for Lincoln Road (general project website here) and they intend to proceed with the Notice of Requirement (basically the big-picture planning approval) as early as this week. Lincoln Road is already something of a legend – a textbook “stroad“, says TransportBlog. “A magical kingdom of food and services,” counter-argues westie journalist Steve Braunias, who’s on a tongue-in-cheek mission to eat at every single one of its 55 food joints and en route, chronicle the way “Lincoln Rd gives life to Auckland. It nourishes, it provides.” And man, this …
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All aboard the New Lynn to Avondale rail (bike path)!

All aboard the New Lynn to Avondale rail (bike path)!Westward ho – the network expansion continues! Next off the rank from AT is the New Lynn to Avondale shared path, now open for consultation. As you may have already heard, this project is a (pretty major) spin-off from the Waterview Shared Path, as we described here, and is funded from the Urban Cycleway Programme. The 2.9km project will give us not only a link from New Lynn and Avondale to the Central Isthmus cycleways – but also of course a nice way of travelling between the two suburbs themselves. And for others, it will serve to make the ride to the nearest train station so much easier. This is, in a way, …
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To market, to market, to… meet Bike Avondale!

To market, to market, to... meet Bike Avondale!A hot tip if you’re shopping for fruit and veg (or bits and bobs) this weekend… The fabulous Avondale Sunday Markets are the place to be, and given the parking situation, biking is the way to get there. You never know what you’ll find there – but this week, we know for sure you’ll find the up and coming Bike Avondale group, cheerfully staffing a bike repair station and info tent. Earlybirds can say gidday to Kurt from around 5am (!), and Sarah from Blend and our Jessica will be pitching in until noon. They’ll have giveaways and prizes, a photo tag game, PLUS! the scoop on upcoming plans for bike paths in the area – including the New Lynn …
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