CoalitionforMoreHomessquareBike Auckland is happy to announce that we are joining the Coalition for More Homes to support Auckland passing the Unitary Plan – giving us the ability to get on with building the homes that our growing city requires.

One of the key reasons Bike Auckland exists – alongside the joy of riding bikes, of course – is that we love our city and want to see it prosper. With housing having become a crisis over the last decade, this is not a time when we want to stand off to one side, even if at first glance it may not relate to transport or bikes.

In fact, transport and housing are two sides of the same coin: a city with housing choice also offers more transport choice.

And the consequences of not passing the Unitary Plan are stark. Either our poor will get poorer while our young professionals move overseas – or Auckland will sprawl ever outwards, saddled in perpetuity with clusters of rural dormitory suburbs that are barely connected to the rest of the city, but still require hundreds of kilometres of new roads and other low-density infrastructure which ratepayers will struggle to maintain properly unless rates keep rising every year. Indeed, both scenarios could well occur at the same time if we are too timid with our new plan.

Passing the Unitary Plan is not just about improving people’s ability to house themselves now, or preventing a slow decline of Auckland in the future. Bike Auckland also sees the Unitary Plan as a chance to build a city that will be more urban in the best sense of the word.

A city with townhouses and mid-rise blocks in more areas, and high-rise apartments in a few regional centres.

A city that is vibrant because it allows people to thrive, and to choose where to live – whether they prefer the suburban lifestyle with garden or the activity of the city’s centres.

A city where more Aucklanders live close enough to work, school or play that they can freely choose to walk or bike there – and where streets can be made friendly to people, because they are not as congested with long-distance car commuters.

Over years and years of advocacy work, Bike Auckland has learned how hard and slow change can be – and we’ve also learned the power of strong, confident moves towards the future. Now is the time for an important step for our city. Let’s pass the Unitary Plan so we can get on with building more homes for Auckland.

Bikes fit naturally into a medium-density neighborhood within cooee of the CBD. (Image of Beaumont Quarter from the Auckland Design Manual)
Bikes fit naturally into a medium-density neighborhood within cooee of parks, shops, and the CBD. (Image of Beaumont Quarter from the Auckland Design Manual)
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3 responses to “Bike Auckland supports the Coalition for More Homes

  1. Well said! I think everyone shares some degree of trepidation about what changes in the Unitary Plan may mean for them and their situation. Particularly when thinking about how well density can be delivered and the resulting aesthetic results. We can’t dwell on past mistakes, we have to be courageous, move ahead and work together to make this a success.

  2. Auckland’s problems go back to the 1920/30’s when there was loads of space cars and people had freedom to move and we gained the 1/4 acre syndrome. As a city Ak must intensify and buildings such as those in the photo are far more attractive than huge pancake houses in mini paddocks! Auckland is the size of a 3 – 4 million city already but has less than half that population. A town planning barrier should be made now and a true green belt declared permanently the open space must then go for at least 20 km’s before ANY new development which should be in the form of new towns or villages.

    Already other cities like Tauranga, Hamilton etc. are making the same mistakes Auckland made decades ago.

    1. I’d add to that other “Auckland Flight” favourites such as Queenstown, Wanaka. Planning and our kiwi preference for what we believe is normal – big box retail, suburban sprawl, little mixed use, parking policies creating car centric communities that are becoming a lot less liveable and ironically exactly the sort of places that people are fleeing. Previously rideable streets become increasingly hostile to people on bikes until advocates emerge to fight for separate infrastructure. I think there is a case for a nation wide urban planning strategy to avoid everyone repeating the same mistakes.

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