Meet the backroom gang that brought you the Waterview cycleway

Meet the backroom gang that brought you the Waterview cyclewayCongratulations to the big crowd who arrived on bikes to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Waterview Shared Path. What a momentous day for NZ’s most ground-breaking cycling project! It was great to see the Albert-Eden Local Board’s Margi Watson in wide-smile mode and on the podium. She has been an impressive spokesperson and leader for years for the Waterview/Owairaka/ New Windsor communities confronted by the Waterview Road of National Significance (RoNS) project; an outstanding role model for any local board member serving an apprenticeship for a local board role. (You can read Margi’s excellent speech here). How we got here As I wrote yesterday’s blog post on the East …
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Waterview Path – First Hoon!

Waterview Path – First Hoon!After the Waterview Shared Path is officially opened to the public Friday 6 October, Bike Auckland is organising a cruisy evening ride – so you can be (among) the first to ride the new path! This is the best kind of Friding ever. Meet up on the Northwestern Cycleway after work, at 5:30pm. The ride should take about half an hour, even with exciting stops and starts at the sights along the way, including the three new bridges. Facebook event here (or just roll up on the evening)!
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Te Whitinga rises above a new Shared Path

Te Whitinga rises above a new Shared PathWith most of Friday’s action at the northern end of the Waterview Shared Path, it came as a delightful surprise to hear that another spectacular bridge had opened at the southern end, in a quiet and small ceremony. So, after the opening of the bridge connecting Unitec and Waterview, I went for an explore ride out to the other end. (To see how the Southwestern Shared Path connects to Waterview and beyond, check out this map courtesy of NZTA: Waterview/Southwestern Shared Path PDF ) The shared path in between is still under construction, which meant a slightly hairy trip down Great North Road and Blockhouse Bay Road, full of reminders of the need …
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Connecting the whenua: a bridge to Waterview

Connecting the whenua: a bridge to Waterview‘A wind of change has been blowing through our land for a long time. Today, the change continues – this time, making a connection from one side of the whenua to the other side.’ So said Ngati Whatua kaumatua Matt Maihi at the opening of the new walking and cycling bridge over Te Auaunga/ Oakley Creek. It was extra fitting and wonderful to begin the opening ceremony with the voices of the custodians of the land. The bridge and pathway travel along an easement across Ngati Whatua whenua; and on the Unitec side of the bridge stands a magnificent pou carved by Matt’s son Katz Maihi (who was also responsible …
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Looking forward to the Waterview Path…

Looking forward to the Waterview Path...All eyes are on the Waterview Shared Path – with the Alford St Bridge over Oakley Creek opening today, and the rest of the project due for completion in ‘late winter’ (which we hope means by the end of August). The spectacular new bridge linking Unitec to Waterview at Alford St and Great North Road will form a powerful new connection between the quiet, self-contained suburb and the green and lively campus to its east. Sure, you could always walk from Waterview to Unitec via the Oakley Creek walkway – but it’s not a direct route, difficult if not impossible for those on bikes or other kinds of wheels because …
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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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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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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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It’s just a jump to the left: Great North Road at Waterview

It's just a jump to the left: Great North Road at WaterviewThis coming week, there will be a shift in the road along Great North Road near the intersection with the motorway works, to facilitate some upcoming works.  NB It’s not immediately clear how this move to the left will affect the section where the cycling/walking path intersects with the entrance/exit to the service station – a known dicey spot. We’re counting on you to let us know ASAP if you encounter any issues here, or anywhere along this stretch. (Words and images below via the Waterview Connection crew.) There will be significant changes to a section of Great North Road at Waterview next week that will affect all road users – drivers, cyclists and walkers, as work continues towards …
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Groundbreaking for the Waterview Path – a personal perspective

Groundbreaking for the Waterview Path - a personal perspectiveGround was broken on Friday for the new Waterview Shared Path. If you’re not familiar with this project, it’s an overland connection for walking and biking where SH20 dives underground. The cars get tunnels – and walkers and cyclists get three new bridges and a continuous 2.5km link between Mt Albert and Waterview via parks and greenways. It will also link up with other new shared paths – the Northwestern at the north end, a new path westward to Avondale and New Lynn (from 2018), and another almost completed path to New Windsor and the SH20 cycleway towards Onehunga. This project was fought hard for by the community and by groups like Bike Auckland (then Cycle Action …
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Boardwalks through time…

Boardwalks through time...…or: Why do dawn blessings have to happen so very early??? Last week, we got a short-notice-invite to the dawn blessing for the construction works on the Eric Armishaw Reserve boardwalk, in Point Chevalier. Living locally these days, I felt that despite being very much NOT a morning person, I had to go to this one (after already missing the dawn blessing for the much bigger Waterview Path some weeks ago, for which there had been even less advance warning). So here I was, getting up at 5am to walk over to Point Chevalier from neighbouring Mt Albert. Because, well-organised as I was, I had left my bike at work …
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Celebrating more stars from the West – NW Cycleway

One of our 2014 highlights was working with the project teams building new cycleways across Auckland. The NZTA’s Causeway Alliance team are outstanding – they never fail to make our life a joy by posting messages on our blog updating people cycling the Causeway on the project’s progress.  They frequently warn of changes to the cycleway route – despite the huge scale of the construction work around the cycleway, it is always open for use, the surface is kept remarkably useable, and the staff on site ready to wave and smile. This year I noticed some businesses have stopped sending Christmas cards, but those who kept up the tradition put …
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Closing a bridge, opening new paths – Waterview

Some quick updates from the cycling side of the Waterview project… The main Waterview shared path – connecting SH20’s shared path in Owairaka in the south to the Northwestern Cycleway in Waterview and Unitec in the North is on the final stretch to consenting (though it will take a few more months, at least, for the process to run its way). The AT team did a lot of legwork and design ahead of this, much of it around property acquisition / easements for the new path through private land and KiwiRail / Oakley Creek areas (image of the Soljak Bridge crossing the rail line at right). They showed the public …
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Waterview Shared Path – Route plan & OPEN DAYS invite

Following up on last weekend’s blog post, here is Auckland Transport’s Open Days invite for the Waterview Shared Path. The AT brochure gives the times for the Open Days on the 23rd and 24th, and also some additional information about the path – see you there!
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A commute to Kumeu

A guest post from Tom Beeston. This is an image rich post so the photos are quite small. Please click on a photo to enlarge it. I’ll start by pointing out that I don’t do this commute on a daily basis. Usually once or twice a week. Sometimes I’ll ride both ways, sometimes I’ll share a ride in one direction in a colleague’s van, and often i’ll use the train to Waitakere in one direction or the other. The ride as far as Lincoln Road on the cycleway has been pretty well documented so I’ll start from there. Although I did want to share this photo of the one time …
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