Morse code signals from the CAA station

Grafton Gully ConstructionHi all – we have slowed down on the blog a bit recently. Mostly because we are flat out with various things. So we thought we would give you a quick roundup of what’s going on:

Grafton Gully Cycleway – construction of Stage 1 is well advanced (see photo, state 2 weeks ago), and ongoing design on other sections focuses on minimising the gradients.

Regional Cycle Network – CAA and AT are discussing how and where to start retrofitting “completed” sections that are not up to spec, and how to get additional funding for this work. CAA and AT are also discussing priorities for new build. Your input will be sought in the coming months.

CAA Internals – we recently had a very productive committee meet to discuss our strategic priorities – and how to better articulate them to members and public.

SH16 Input – CAA is feeding into various cycle-related NZTA designs of the big Northwestern Motorway works started and coming over the next couple years. Next up is more input into the future layout at St Lukes Interchange.

Bike parking – we have been working with AT to ensure more quality (secure and under-cover) bike parking at ferry terminals, including the new terminals at Beachhaven and Hobsonville, new train stations such as Panmure and new bus interchanges coming for the new bus network.

Unitary Plan – CAA is prepping feedback on this. Bad: We want less sprawl than proposed. Good: Cycle parking rules, greater emphasis on cycling and cycleable settlement.

Great South Road (Takanini Interchange) – CAA and AT had further discussions about the shared path proposed for the eastern side of GSR. CAA isn’t fully happy with the quality proposed due to some high-volume driveways, but acknowledges that the AT engineers are doing their best within a constrained budget.

Whangaparaoa Road Upgrade – AT has advised us that the previously awful-for-cycling design has been significantly improved, but now has to be re-lodged for funding application, as the costs have also increased accordingly. Well, quality rarely comes cheap.

Upcoming public meeting – after a hiatus of “public” meetings for the last couple months, we will once again have a meeting with an interesting speaker confirmed, coming up in June. Watch this space – it’s a controversial topic (NOT helmets, though 😉 )

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