Central Auckland

Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!

Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!In March 2018, a trial project popped up on Federal St in the central city. With the CRL works happening on Albert Street, little old Federal St offered a parallel through-route for walking and for biking – except that it was a one-way street So the Auckland Design Office and AT added a contra-flow bike lane using planters and rubber ‘armadillos’, as well as colourful paint at intersections, and a new pedestrian crossing on Wyndham St. After six months, AT invited public feedback, and a review was undertaken (by Mackie Research) which gathered data to compare with a baseline study from June/ July 2016. Both the feedback report and the …
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Construction has begun – let’s keep K Road humming along!

Construction has begun – let's keep K Road humming along!The much anticipated Karangahape Road Enhancements are under way at last! We’re beyond excited about the makeover, which will make K’ Road even more welcoming than ever for people walking, biking, and hopping on and off buses. Hard to believe it was five long years ago when Generation Zero led the call for K’ Road bike lanes. Back then over 100 local businesses signed up in support. Now’s our chance to reward that early vote of confidence by doing our bit as nimble travellers and frequent shoppers to keep K’ Road humming during construction.  Construction has already begun at the Symonds St end (as far as Queen St), and starts at the …
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Franklin Road reopens – a boulevard with better bikeways!

Franklin Road reopens – a boulevard with better bikeways!Cycleway openings are a rare occasion this year, as delayed projects work their way through the pipeline. So it was a treat to roll along to the opening of the renewed Franklin Road last Wednesday. Of course, this wasn’t formally a cycleway project, even though the results include high-quality bike lanes. This was a massive, full-noise street renewal, undertaken from the ground up. From the underground up, in fact! This grand old street has had a nose-to-toes makeover, starting with buried utilities – no small thing, as this included separating the old combined public sewage and stormwater pipe, which had led to sewage overflowinginto the harbour when rain flooded into the pipes. …
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Cycling is “embedded” at AT – but beware the snooze button!

Cycling is "embedded" at AT – but beware the snooze button!We’ve been told that cycling (and thus, the safety of people on bikes) is now ‘embedded’ across the whole of Auckland Transport. So it came as a surprise when, in April, the Auckland City Centre Residents’ Group shared on Twitter a draft design for a rebuild of the Quay Street / Tangihua Street intersection – on Auckland’s busiest bike route – that seemed about to fly under the radar without much or any public input, including from us. Steering traffic away from the water… The image showed a proposed reconfiguration of the intersection at the Countdown supermarket corner opposite the Ports of Auckland entrance. The design followed the new intention to …
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