East Auckland

A ‘safety-wash’ in East Auckland – or a chance for change?

A 'safety-wash' in East Auckland – or a chance for change?Auckland Transport is proposing changes at a couple of intersections on Botany Road in East Auckland, to ‘alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for road users and pedestrians.’ The problem is, while adding a couple of pedestrian improvements, the car-centric design mainly proposes widening the roads to ‘alleviate congestion’ (!)… …while not improving safety at all for people on bikes, and in several ways making things more dangerous than they already are. We say that’s not okay, especially in the light of AT’s new safety commitment. One might go so far as to say it’s unconscionable. Certainly, the word ‘safety-washing‘ has been applied. So let’s hold AT to a higher standard. …
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Speak up for local paths in East Auckland!

Speak up for local paths in East Auckland!Ahoy residents of East Tamaki, Pakuranga, Half Moon Bay, Bucklands Beach, Howick, Highland Park, Flatbush, Botany Downs, and Dannemora! If you walk or bike in the area, and you’re dreaming of a safe school route, or a particular shortcut through a park, or an upgrade that would make an existing route more usable – this is your chance to have your say. Feedback is open on the Howick Local Paths Draft Network until Saturday 7 April 2018. Take a look at the draft map for the area and the consultation document, and add your thoughts here. Q. What are Local Paths? Formerly known as Greenways, Local Paths are all about creating better …
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Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?

Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?Since we last blogged about the planned cycleways in Glen Innes, Auckland Transport has released detailed designs for the intersection improvements. They’re pretty advanced for New Zealand – our first ‘Dutch-style roundabouts’ – and we cover them in detail below. Feedback on this project closes Wednesday October 25th! We’re hearing there’s some spirited opposition to car parking removal on some of the roads, so these cycleways really need your support. Here’s the online form – and here’s what we’d say in response to the four feedback questions: 1. Would the Links to Glen Innes Cycleways encourage you to cycle more often in the area? Yes! Yep. Yessirree Bob. Darn tooting. Right? 2. What do you …
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All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre…

All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre...…at least, they do in this current consultation by Auckland Transport, which focuses on making it much easier and safer to ride between the surrounding areas of Stonefields, St John and Point England to Glen Innes. A veritable octopus of protected cycleways radiate from the town centre and train station, bringing the area to life for regular bike access. This is one of the last projects in the 2015-18 Urban Cycleways Programme. After some high level ‘what would you love to see’ consultations, and discussions with key stakeholders like the local board and ourselves, this is the first public view of the routes and cycleway layouts to be built. The short …
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