Did you see the Herald story today lamenting the lack of park-and-ride space for people driving to Auckland public transport? As an AA member, I had advance notice of this story via a newsletter in my mail; it’s certainly a case to be made, and fair enough for AA to run with it on behalf of their members.

Of course, the other side of the park-and-ride story is bike parking for those who cycle to public transport.

From a survey in AA Directions magazine, Autumn 2013.

We often hear from the AA that many of its Auckland members own and enjoy riding bikes, so this would be a natural component of their campaign. Bike-and-ride is not just an efficient way to unlock the power of public transport and free up road space and parking space. It’s also an increasingly meaningful and popular option for those who don’t want to have to drive (or battle for car parking) every day of the week – and the rise and rise of e-bikes makes it more and more reasonable for Aucklanders to add a cycling leg to their commute, as in other comparable cities.

And park-and-ride for bikes is top of mind for me today, given concerning developments in Devonport.

As we recently reported, AT is shifting the best bike parking provided in Auckand at Devonport ferry to make way for new doors in the ferry terminal building. We asked for your feedback, and passed it on to AT… but have had no word since about their transitional plans for bike parking while the terminal is upgraded.

94 bikes (blue) vs 94 cars (red) parked at the Devonport Wharf. You do the maths. (Photo by Chris Werry of Bike Devonport)

Yesterday, AT instructed the wharf upgrade contractor to post this message. I can’t stand seeing good bike parking trashed without doing my best to alert you to the situation:

The notice that appeared on Monday 21 August.

The fine print, bottom right, is a plan saying new bike parking will be provided on 28th August on the Victoria Wharf – which is the second big area of bike parking for ferry users.

Not only does this leave a significant gap in the provision of bike parking, it’s a shame AT hasn’t bothered to tell Bike Auckland how the new spaces will be laid out and whether our expert customer-experience feedback was taken into account.

We need to know – because the existing parking on the Victoria Wharf is so poor that every second space is unusable. The design of the bike racks causes the handlebars of one bike to block access to the neighbouring bike space. Will this be addressed in the new parking?

We need to know that the spaces will be undercover, have good passive surveillance and effective CCTV, and easy access to the ferry berth. That’s what we currently have at the ferry terminal. Why on earth would we agree to a poorer standard of service for the growing numbers of people who ride here?

I would love AT to contact me to tell me what’s planned. You’ve got my mobile number, AT. Please send me the new plans asap!

Oh, and by the way: AA, we know you’ve got our back on the importance of quality park-and-ride for public transport, for your members and for ours. Feel free to add your voice to our call-out to AT!

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9 responses to “Speaking up for ‘park and ride’ for bikes – it’s crunch time!

  1. Hi Barb.
    When AT put in the bike park at Papakura. I thought great, I got my swipe card and used the locked CCTV covered bike shed. Now they have taken away the locks, bikes are now open for any one to access at any time. CCTV never stopped anyone. So now I dont use the bike store. Design, placement, lockability, protection from weather, lighting and access are all very important reasons to decide to use or not use.

    1. Totally agree security is a HUGE consideration before I decide to leave my bike anywhere, Definately not at any train or bus station, Which in Auckland totally rules out buses as I cant take my bike on them. Trains are much better but they tend to close down entire lines many times during the year. especially xmas and long weekends.

  2. When you and other cyclists contribute money to use the facilities then you might be entitled to hear about changes. Until then you are like parasites getting a free ride on the back of ratepayers and motorists who pay their fair share to use the roads etc. If you don’t like it, then walk to your ratepayer subsidised public transport.

    1. Yawn. You must be new here. The regulars are tired of this sort of nonsense, I’m sure, but I have 5 minutes to reply.
      Cyclists save the economy money. Big time.
      Where to begin? How about the reduced healthcare costs associated with regular physical exercise. Or reduced number of sick days taken by people who commute by bicycle. Healthier people are more productive. Bicycles don’t emit pollutants the way cars do, either. Or make as much noise. There are studies on each of those independent factors, and their associated benefits, often weighed in terms of costs. You can Google them, if you like.
      We could assess the cost/benefit of the infrastructure, noting that cycleways are smaller and lighter, just like the bicycles that ride on them (note: that means they’re much cheaper to build and maintain, even when they move a similar number of people). Transport networks aren’t built for fun, you know – they’re there to move people and goods. It turns out running a 15kg machine on human power is way, way, WAY more energy efficient than running a 1000kg machine on fossil fuels (those fuels, by the way, are imported from overseas to the tune to 10 Billion Dollars Per Year – a huge loss to the New Zealand economy). Ever heard of climate change? It’s a slightly pressing issue that requires us to burn less fossil fuel. How wonderful that cycling does just such a thing!
      You know what else is cool? The more people who cycle, the more efficient our roads become for people who drive! Crazy, I know, but when people ride their bicycle, they actually save drivers money, directly, by reducing congestion!
      You are aware that our roads aren’t just funded out of fuel taxes and registration fees, right (those fees, by the way, are generally paid by cyclists, who also have a car, but opt not to use it all of the time)? There’s a huge swathe of money coming out of council budgets every year dedicated to the never ending costs associated with roading, and then there are the endless added top-ups from central government (around 10 billion of the last 9 years, and Oh Look! National just promised EVEN MORE MONEY FOR ROADS, despite them having pretty much no business case whatsoever).

      So please, tell us more about how cyclists don’t contribute money to use facilities, yet we magically have so much money for private vehicle users. Because this wonderful thing called mathematics has been applied to exactly this subject over and over again, and every time the results are the same – Cyclists save us money, car drivers cost us money. Go right ahead, find an economic survey that proves it otherwise.

      1. Well said Tim. Very valid points. I think Taser would enjoy cycling once he/she opens ones mind a bit and stops the trolling. Probably become a better person to boot as good things happen to people when they start cycling.

      2. I’m a cyclist and a car driver so I can easily see both sides and neither one is totally right or wrong.For starters yes tax payers both cyclists and car drivers contribute. Taser sounds very one eyed and just totally anti cyclists. On the other hand Tim giving cyclists all the credit for health savings is riddiculous as many car drivers drive to sports grounds and swimming pools , hiling trails and yes even mountain bike prs and the nmany cycleways spreading accross the country. Also dont forget the money from fuel taxes is extremely high. As for a business case how do you imagine goods and most customers get to their places of business.
        Having said that I love cycling and i believe its one of the most ignored and under funded things in new Zealand. Some of those billions should pay for a seperated cycle only path North ,South East and west in every city in the country then many many more people would cycle to work especially with options like elctric bikes etc now available.
        Unfortunateltrly in Auckland only central and West get the bulk of the funding leaving the rest of Auckland fighting over the crumbs.
        Just build the main cycleways in every direction for now and watch the local boards as they start to link their local paths to it.

    2. Rate-Payers? Do you think cyclists don’t actually live anywhere? Guess what… I pay rates! I am lucky enough to have my own home and pay rates directly… But cyclists who rent their home pay the same rates, via their rent to the landlord as motorists who rent do…

      I also pay GST, I pay PAYE, I pay car registration and fuel tax too… Get a clue dood (or dood-ess?). Just because we are on a bike doesn’t make us a parasite.

      PS. You seem to like and advocate the concept of user pays? How much space does a bike take up on the road compared to a small car / large car / SUV ? How much damage (or “use”) does a 7 to 25kg bike with single digit horse-power (human or battery) take out of the road surface compared to a 800kg to 2000 kg car with 50-500 horsepower? The GST on our $20-$100 tyres takes care of what we “use up”…

    3. I’m paying the same fucking amount as you do, if not more. On what grounds, you assumed that cyclist do not own a car, do not pay rates, and do not pay road registration? You can call us “parasites“, but the truth is that people like you who have limited knowledge, limited brain power and limited intelligence are the true parasites of the entire society

    4. That argument doesn’t work with me. Go back to your ‘sitting in traffic’ lifestyle and I’ll meet you at the evolution bell curve. I’ll be sitting there awhile, it’s kind of a tortoise and the hare story.

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