Bikes parked at a London train station
Bikes parked at a London train station

A new article from Copenhagenize explains an initiative from the EU called BiTiBi (Bike-Train-Bike).

For me, the key quote from this article is:

It is not realistic to expect everyone to bicycle 15km to and from the office, but to cycle a few kilometers each way and hop on the train [Ed.: bus or ferry] for the bulk of the trip could dramatically provide countless economic, social and environmental benefits for urban regions.

Amen and hallelujah to that!

It is great that so many people in NZ (many of whom read this blog) do get on their bikes and ride 10+kms. However, if we want cycling in Auckland to have the kind of general acceptance we see in other places, the real growth will come from people feeling it is an option to cycle less than 5kms.

Cycle culture in action in Denmark
Cycle culture in action in Denmark

As we know from other posts, most Aucklanders live within 3kms of a train, busway or ferry station. If we can create an environment where people feel safe to cycle that is when those shorter trips will be made. Buses will still supply the vast majority of public transport trips in Auckland, so we should also be making it easier to get to interchanges and “super stops”.

Along with cycle parking at stations, we need the three critical components to a cycling culture:

1. Separated infrastructure on arterial roads.

2. More direct routes for cycles than for cars.

3. 30km/h zones on non-arterials.

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5 responses to “Public Transport and cycling: A love story

  1. I take my folding bike on the NEX to get from my apartment in town to Albany campus. A little awkward but does the job

  2. You couldbe adding public bike hire in the central city, too

    We have great bus, train and ferry routes that terminate in and around Britomart. If their were 500+ public bikes spread through downtown, people could ride the last KM….

    1. The only issue with that is the fact the only two unsuccessful bike hire schemes in the world that have not been a success are Melbourne and Brisbane. This has been almost solely accredited to the helmet law.

      Based on that, I wouldn’t want to see Auckland waste money on a bike share scheme until the helmet law was repealed here.

      As discussed in this post, Israel and Spain (and Dallas, Texas) have recently repealed their cycle helmet laws to ensure their bike hire schemes did not fail:
      http://caa.org.nz/general-news/madrids-new-electric-bike-scheme/

      1. If you want Helmet laws changed, now is the time to lobby for it, see this draft paper from the Cycling Safety Panel (PDF “Safer Journeys for people who cycle” is available at link below), they recommend no changing in existing helmet laws.

        So maybe drop them an email and tell why thats a bad idea?

        Recommendations are going to the Government at the end of the month, so get your feedback in by 24 October.
        See the url: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/cycling-safety-panel/

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