South Auckland

A new path to the new Otahuhu train station

A new path to the new Otahuhu train stationThere’s a brand new train station in Otahuhu, and now Auckland Transport is inviting public feedback on a proposal for T3 lanes and a shared path to the station along Walmsley Rd. Here’s the project information page with a link for feedback, which is open until Friday 17 February. You can see the full plans here. As well as adding T3 lanes, the proposal is to widen the footpath along the western side of the road, with the stated goal of: Improving pedestrian and cycle facilities and connection to the new Otahuhu Station. Encouraging more people to walk and cycle (particularly school children). We’re generally supportive of the project, but it must be noted: While the footpath will …
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Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways – have your say!

Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways - have your say!Now that the Local Path Design Guide is out in the wild, it’s going to be exciting to see what the Local Boards of with it. First out of the gate is the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Draft Greenways Plan, with some seriously ambitious long-term visioneering. Having grown up biking in this part of town, I love the way the Local Board is embracing the huge potential. These burbs are nice and flat, with heaps of parks and green spaces and alleyways that can be hooked together via quiet streets and protected cycleways. I’d love to see the kids of the future roaming as freely as my siblings and I did – on foot and on bikes, from shops to parks …
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Future streets and current bikeshare in Mangere

Future streets and current bikeshare in MangereIf you’re cruising around Mangere, you might see six bright-red postie bikes getting a new lease on life. They are part of a free community bikeshare scheme in Mangere, started up by the tirelessly creative Teau Aiturau. Two bikes are permanently stationed at the Te Moana-a-Kiwi Pool and Gym. They’re free to borrow for anyone who  fancies a spin around the Future Streets project, which is adding protected bike lanes to the town centre. The plan is to have a couple of bikes at several handy spots around the community, as far afield as Mangere Bridge, so people can come and go as they please.  It’s all part of Teau’s big vision of making Mangere the Bike Capital of …
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The great northward commute on Great South Road

The great northward commute on Great South RoadGiulia Rodighiero bikes to town along what we at Bike Auckland think of as the ‘missing highway’ – from the south into the CBD. In this photo story, she shares the good, bad, and the ugly of her commute… I recently moved from Mt Albert to Manurewa, which changed my work commute to K’Rd from a relatively quick and safe 7km via the Northwestern cycleway, to a 24km trek through areas with almost no cycle infrastructure. Luckily, it’s easy to take my bike with me on the train to Newmarket, from where I ride to work. (I bring my bike because it’s much quicker, fun and cheaper to bike from Newmarket to work than …
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