Three Long Years: doing right by John Bonner

Three Long Years: doing right by John BonnerThe death in 2017 of a person on a bike at a notoriously dangerous location on Te Atatū Road, near Cellarmans Street, should have prompted action by Auckland Transport. It didn’t. Nearly three years on, pedestrians and cyclists are still having to use an unprotected median strip, between four lanes of fast, constant traffic when …
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Quick, submit by October 25th! Public transport improvements for the Northwest

Quick, submit by October 25th! Public transport improvements for the NorthwestWaka Kotahi and Auckland Transport are calling for submissions on their plans to upgrade the Northwestern motorway to create busway stations at Te Atatu, Lincoln Rd and Westgate. It will mean faster bus trips, which are urgently needed for the public transport network in the West. As this will encourage more people out of cars, …
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West Auckland Moves On Addressing Climate Change

West Auckland Moves On Addressing Climate ChangeA guest post from Councillor Shane Henderson on some momentous moves for the city, and for the West in particular. This week, we committed the people of Auckland to halve greenhouse gas emissions within ten years.  This is necessary, but it’s going to be bloody hard. I am delighted to note that in my ward …
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Joining the dots in Te Atatū South – feedback closes 21 July

Joining the dots in Te Atatū South - feedback closes 21 JulyAs you know, we’re all about the local links and local knowledge. Auckland Transport is proposing a useful safety upgrade for a dangerous intersection in Te Atatū South. But with a few simple changes, it could be so much better! We’ve put our heads together with Bike Te Atatū and Bike Henderson to improve the intersection …
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Safer streets for Henderson – quick submit by 8 March!

Safer streets for Henderson - quick submit by 8 March!We try to be across most projects that affect people on bikes in Auckland. Here’s one that nearly slipped our attention: a package of road safety improvements in Henderson, funded by the Local Board and to be built by Auckland Transport. Not only do local residents deserve safer streets, more than 4000 kids go to school …
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Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!

Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!Ever wanted to ride from the Waitemata harbour to the Manukau harbour on a protected path surrounded by wildlife and waterways, in less than an hour? “Impossible!” you say, rolling your eyes, “and definitely, DEFINITELY, not in car-obsessed Auckland.” Well, just wait. Because Te Whau Pathway – along with Skypath and Seapath – is going …
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Getting tactical to “ungap the map” in Henderson

Getting tactical to "ungap the map" in HendersonHot on the heels of the recent consultation on the Henderson-Massey Local Board Draft Connections Plan (now closed), comes the report from a separate but related survey by Panuku, AT, Council, and the Local Board. The survey was carried out this time last year, identifying key local links and barriers in and around the Henderson town …
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Watch out for works out west

Watch out for works out westIf you ride along Scenic Drive, Atkinson Road, Huia Road, Piha Road and other roads in the Waitakere Ranges, be aware that there will be lane closures and other works in the area over the next few months. Network builder Visionstream is working with Chorus to build the ultrafast broadband network in the Waitakere Ranges. …
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Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu South

Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu SouthAs part of a citywide push for safer streets, Auckland Transport is consulting on a 30kmh neighbourhood in Te Atatu South, just south of SH16. See project page here, and a map of the area under discussion here. This is great news: speed limits set the vibe for neighbourhoods. Not only will a 30kmh zone save …
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Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu 

Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu Auckland Transport is proposing a light-controlled pedestrian and bike crossing on Te Atatu Road, to upgrade a dangerous crossing point near where a fatality happened in late 2017. While this would be some improvement on the status quo, does it go far enough in ensuring safety? Not to our eyes. Here’s the project page and …
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Vision Zero in Glen Eden: it’s a start

Vision Zero in Glen Eden: it's a startTL:DR: Auckland Transport is proposing upgrades to Glen Eden town centre to make it safer to get around. We love and support the proposed 30kph safer speed limit and traffic calming – but we feel that on other matters, the proposal falls short of what a town centre should be. Read on, below, for our …
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Towards a more bikeable Henderson

Towards a more bikeable HendersonHenderson is set to boom in the coming decade – with more housing and better transport links to serve the growing population. The new frequent bus network for the west is already transforming travel options around the area, and the CRL will allow more fast and frequent services from the super-handy train station. Already, the township’s legacy …
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The New Lynn to Avondale path – back on track?

The New Lynn to Avondale path - back on track?Been wondering what’s happening with the New Lynn to Avondale ‘rail trail’ shared path project? So have we. Our Westie correspondent Sam Finnemore takes a look back over the story so far, what’s hopefully coming next, and how it fits into the bigger picture out west. A lot’s changed since Easter 2016, both in New …
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Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-Avondale

Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-AvondaleWith the Waterview Path up and running, we’ve fielded lots of questions about the New Lynn to Avondale link, which will run along the railway line and connect New Lynn Station to Avondale Station and the Waterview Path. Good news! Auckland Transport has just issued a timely update and a map of the final route, …
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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 …
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