At the going down of the sun: changes along the NW cycleway

At the going down of the sun: changes along the NW cyclewayOur eyes-on-the-ground correspondent Phil sends news and photos of recent major developments along the NW cycleway… The newly poured shared path from Patiki Rd to Te Atatu opened yesterday, and was very busy last evening. “It’s so great,” says Phil, “it deserves a heap of photos, but these will give the idea of how good it is. NB No barbecue area just yet.” (That’s an in-joke: autocorrect keeps changing “Patiki Rd” to “Patio Rd” every time any of us tweets, emails, or texts about it… which is starting to feel like a hint from the universe. What do you reckon, a wee parklet, some picnic tables, and a BBQ along here for Friday …
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A tiki-tour detour at St Lukes, now through the end of 2015

A tiki-tour detour at St Lukes, now through the end of 2015Hi folks. If you ride the NW cycleway, you will have already encountered the detour to the east of the St Lukes intersection. This will be in place until the end of the year, while the offramp work is completed and a fresh shared path is built. It’s a pretty zigzaggy diversion from what is essentially our Cycleway of National Significance, although it does take you past some scenic surprises (see right), if you can spare the moment from climbing the hill (or zipping down it). To be frank, we’ve had some speed wobbles with the way this detour was implemented, and the lack of notice and signage (honestly, would they ever do this …
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Westie Progress on the NW Cycleway

Westie Progress on the NW CyclewayThings have been moving right along on the Causeway rebuild, in many cases faster for bikes than for other vehicles.  If you ride out west a lot, then much of this won’t be news – but if you haven’t been out that way for a while, here’s a quick photo update of some very welcome recent cycleway works between Te Atatu and Pt Chevalier. For the photos and news, we thank our BikeAKL stalwarts Phil and Carol and Wayne, who keep an eye on the great new works (and occasional frustrations) for cyclists that are coming out of the motorway upgrades, and Barbara Ware of the Causeway Alliance, who is always wonderfully quick …
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St Lukes detour update – an end in sight

St Lukes detour update - an end in sightWe’ve been given an updated completion target for the NW cycleway detour at St Luke’s. The newly built section is now scheduled to reopen… wait for it… over Easter. Which is kind of symbolic. Thank you hugely for your patience during what has been (especially for commuters, school students, and those who rely on the path for local access) a long, roundabout, and occasionally bumpy process. Over the next 6-8 weeks, you may encounter traffic management along the cycleway and around the traffic islands on St Luke’s Rd as the final touches are put in place. Travel well (and not too fast), say gidday to the workers who are surely going as fast as they can …
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Happy trails – a cycleway in the backyard

Happy trails - a cycleway in the backyardOne recent afternoon on the NW cycleway, I bumped into a little girl and her dad. Well, I say ‘bumped into’ – but in fact wee Penny was powering along well ahead of her father, overtaken only by the occasional lycra dude. It was a treat to see someone so young riding with such confidence, so I had to find out more. Here’s her dad, Sam Tozer, with the scoop… Ever since Penny learned it was possible to bike from home (Kingsland) to school (Newton Primary, across the motorway via the Waima St bridge), she’s insisted on doing it pretty much every day. We also figured out we can use the cycleway plus Lightpath, to deliver her younger brother Tommy to his daycare in Freeman’s …
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Goodbye ski-jump: a NW Cycleway shift along Chamberlain Park

Goodbye ski-jump: a NW Cycleway shift along Chamberlain ParkThe Chamberlain Park stretch of the NW cycleway is currently a bitsy ride, with narrow bits and visibility issues as works proceed towards completion. We strongly advise slowing down along here, especially at dusk when pedestrians become invisible and some bikes aren’t as well lit as they might be. But as of the coming week, we’ll be off this beaten path for three months and traveling at motorway level while workers create the new path alongside the golf course and add lighting duct work. The change-over will happen on Tuesday 26 April, after the morning peak hour around 9 or 10am, and will last until the end of July. Here’s what the contractors, CPB (formerly Leightons), told us: A …
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Running into trouble at the new Patiki Rd Underpass? Please tell us!

Running into trouble at the new Patiki Rd Underpass? Please tell us!Every silver lining has a cloud… and while the newly built stretches along the NW cycleway are a delight to ride, we’ve heard of at least 3 crashes at the Patiki Rd underpass since it opened in March. There will be a formal safety audit as soon as works are officially completed – but naturally we and NZTA are keen to find out what’s happening sooner, so the remedies can be applied as quickly as possible. Is speed a contributing factor in these incidents? Visibility? Camber? Approach? Was oncoming bike traffic an issue, or not? We don’t know – that’s why we need your help. Please read the following message from the NZTA, and contact Barbara Ware at the Causeway Alliance …
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Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventure

Warm up with a westie winter bicycle adventureThe best way to celebrate new shared path connections is to go for a ride! And winter can be the nicest time to do it. On a beautiful crisp sunny Saturday in July, me and a couple of gal pals decided to make the most of it and head for a bit of an explore on some newly joined up off-road paths. We met up at the opening ceremony for the newly refurbished Pt Chevalier Square, which was absolutely delightful. The new park benches rotate and slide to create a delightful activation for the community. They also allow you to make the most of catching the summer sun (or shade) so I recommend you grab a …
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