West Auckland

Towards a more bikeable Henderson

Towards a more bikeable HendersonHenderson is set to boom in the coming decade – with more housing and better transport links to serve the growing population. The new frequent bus network for the west is already transforming travel options around the area, and the CRL will allow more fast and frequent services from the super-handy train station. Already, the township’s legacy ‘Twin Streams’ bike paths – along Oratia and Opanuku and Henderson Creek – provide excellent greenspace connections across the area and into the wider bike network. Just add some great local walkable and bikeable links for a truly liveable ‘urban eco-centre’!  That’s why Auckland Transport (AT), the Henderson-Massey Local Board, Auckland Council and Panuku Development Auckland …
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The New Lynn to Avondale path – back on track?

The New Lynn to Avondale path - back on track?Been wondering what’s happening with the New Lynn to Avondale ‘rail trail’ shared path project? So have we. Our Westie correspondent Sam Finnemore takes a look back over the story so far, what’s hopefully coming next, and how it fits into the bigger picture out west. A lot’s changed since Easter 2016, both in New Zealand and internationally, for better and for worse (with no particular order implied!). But let’s focus just on developments for bikes right here in Auckland. Two years ago, the Lightpath had been open and blowing Aucklanders’ minds for just a couple of months. Right at the heart of downtown, the Quay Street protected cycleway was …
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Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-Avondale

Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-AvondaleWith the Waterview Path up and running, we’ve fielded lots of questions about the New Lynn to Avondale link, which will run along the railway line and connect New Lynn Station to Avondale Station and the Waterview Path. Good news! Auckland Transport has just issued a timely update and a map of the final route, which includes two new bridges and an underpass. Click on the image below to enlarge it, or check out the PDF version here:  New Lynn to Avondale shared path map Nov 2017. These are the major refinements to previous plans, after consultation and investigation: To account for the increase in train services, the path will …
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Bring back the school bike run!

Bring back the school bike run!Jonny Webster from Bike Te Atatu writes with news of some smart kids exercising their right to ride… A cancelled bus route has inadvertently helped a group of West Auckland students discover the advantages of a commute by bike. The scheduled bus from Te Atatu Peninsula to the Rathgar Road schools in Henderson was plagued by stuck rush hour traffic and slow journey times (in the morning, it took about 45 mins but was almost always held up in traffic, especially with works on Te Atatu Rd, and the evening bus left 30 mins after school finished, and took 40 mins unless the traffic was bad). Then the bus got …
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