Have Your Says, August 2023

Aug 25, 2023
Have Your Says, August 2023


There are lots of submissions open at the moment so we thought we would pop them all in one handy dandy spot for you to find.

Have your say in one, two or all three! Auckland Transport’s Katoa, Ka Ora Speed Management Plan closes Monday 28 August and the other two consultations; Making space for water and Civil Defence emergency management close on Friday 31 August. All of them have opportunities to advocate for people on bikes so jump in now and have your voice heard.

Katoa, Ka Ora; submit now for safer streets around schools NOW CLOSED

Waka Kotahi’s Road to Zero strategy includes a key action to have safe speeds around all schools across Aotearoa New Zealand by the end of 2027. It actually requires 40% of these changes to be completed by 30 June 2024!
Auckland Transport’s Katoa, Ka Ora Speed Management Plan is giving effect to those requirements and is currently open for consultation.
Have a read of our blog where our Chief Biking Officer shares their experience of riding to school as a child, we have information on why safer speeds around schools matter and tips on submitting.
Feedback closes Monday 28 August 2023 – have your say on this key initiative to reduce speeds and reduce harm.

Making space for water; an opportunity for safe cycleways!

Because of the severe rainfall and flooding across the region this year, Auckland Council are working to ensure we are prepared for future storms. They want to hear about your experience from this year. You can read the ‘Making Space for Water’ storm water improvements consultation document and then let them know what you think. Questions 5 and 6 offer an opportunity to feed into their plans. Bike Auckland want to see

  • active transport corridors incorporated into the blue-green areas (the plan mentions Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek in Roskill as an amazing example)
  • bridge upgrades to provide safe spaces for bikes
  • more frequent sweeping of cycleways included in increased maintenance

Feedback closes Thursday 31 August 2023.

Civil Defence emergency management; remind Auckland Council that bikes are important for a resilient emergency response

Auckland Council are reviewing the civil defence plan to make sure we are prepared for disasters when they occur. The plan focuses on the 4 R’s: reduction, readiness, response, and recovery. Bike Auckland points out that:

  • cargo bike trials would assist with readiness, response, and recovery
  • a more diverse transport system including safe options for getting around by bike, will have a better, more agile response during emergencies. It would speed up recovery as well
  • community cohesion is important for response and recovery; and more people on bikes builds community cohesion!
  • our best chance to reduce instances of extreme weather is to reduce emissions; and supporting people to switch to bikes is a key way to reduce emissions!

Here’s a blog we wrote earlier in the year, about bikes, emergencies, and resilience. It might help with ideas for your submissions!
Feedback closes Thursday 31 August 2023.

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