Common cause – we’re all in it together

Common cause - we're all in it togetherWith increasing improvements for people on bikes, we sometimes hear concerns pedestrians might be getting a raw deal. These often fall into the category of “Cyclists are getting better treatment than pedestrians” or even “These new cycleways are dangerous to pedestrians!” This is a particularly ironic kind of “bikelash” – setting foot traffic and bike traffic at odds with each other in a world that’s built around cars. How to respond? Well, we could talk about how untrue those statements are, given that investment in footpath construction and maintenance have massively exceeded cycleway funding for all of Auckland’s history. We could remind people that serious pedestrian-cyclist crashes are incredibly rare (we have heard of a …
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Bike the Night Matariki #2 – Light up the town with Teau & co

Bike the Night Matariki #2 - Light up the town with Teau & coIf you caught local superhero Teau Aiturau at the bike-themed PechaKucha this week, you’ll know he never sits still. After the success of the first Bike the Night Matariki ride, he’s got another one planned for the last Friday of the school holidays. So light up your bike, Bike Rave style, and come and join the fun. Seriously, even if you’re not local, this is worth crossing town for – everyone always gets a warm welcome and the joy is really contagious. The ride is a loop starting at Mangere Town Centre, to Onehunga and back via both bridges. The best part? Riding the “original Skypath” on the new Mangere Bridge! Where and when: …
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The Birkenhead Bike Park – what next?

The Birkenhead Bike Park - what next?You’ve got to raise an eyebrow at Auckland Transport every now and then.  For years we can be going on at them about a critical piece of cycling infrastructure being required somewhere, then suddenly, without warning, a magnificent bike parking structure materialises on Birkenhead Wharf! Wow, that’s great, AT.  Clearly the message about providing cycle parking at transport hubs has gotten through, but we’re a little curious about the design and placement.  So are the locals.  In fact they’re more than curious, they’re ropable. They want a more appropriate bike parking facility built closer to the ferry terminal, and the current one removed.  It’s causing a lot of angst in …
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UCF projects: Waterview Shared Path PLUS

In this short series, we discuss [not necessarily in order of importance] the various Auckland cycle projects that have achieved funding from the Urban Cycleway Fund, and thus are likely to be built in the next 3 years. The Waterview Shared Path was pretty controversial in its time. As you can see from past blogs (1, 2) on our website, it wasn’t easy convincing decisionmakers to include it, and in the end, it fell to the Board of Inquiry making a judgement on NZTA’s efforts to mitigate their big motorway project. Happily, a number of major walking and cycling improvements were finally ordered by the court as part of the mitigation package, including …
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An ode to staying power and wonderful allies

An ode to staying power and wonderful alliesIt’s been a spectacular fortnight for cycling in NZ. And last night’s SkyPath consent celebration at Northcote Tavern showed we are on course to make Auckland a fabulous cycling city. As I stood under the Harbour Bridge waiting for the Northcote ferry to take me and others back to town after our celebration, I felt the bonds that link all parts of Auckland to form a strong unified city. SkyPath allows us to see that the cosy, comfy Northcote tavern is only a short ride from Ponsonby, and a toddle from Britomart and the downtown ferry terminal. That’s how we want Auckland to feel. We’ll always live in a series …
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A bike love-in to celebrate!

A bike love-in to celebrate!To the inn, for a bike love-in! This evening, the Cycle Action committee, Gen Zero, Frocks on Bikes, and friends will be heading over on the ferry to Northcote Point with our bikes for a meet-up at the Northcote Tavern. We want to celebrate the Skypath resource consent, and also share the love (and our generous bike dollars!) with the neighbourhood that will be most transformed. We’re thrilled that our city is coming together around this. Important note: we’re now aiming for the 5.50 ferry sailing. Arrive early to help with logistics, especially if you’re bringing your bike! Feel free to head over earlier or later, but please avoid the 5.20 if you can – we …
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A Yes for Skypath!!! This. Changes. Everything.

A Yes for Skypath!!! This. Changes. Everything.YES! A resounding yes! We are overjoyed to hear that the commissioners have approved the resource consent for Skypath. This is something Aucklanders have wanted, ever since the construction of the Harbour Bridge – and it’s finally within reach. You can read the full 83 page decision here. Putting our sensible hats on for a second, there are a few final hurdles: there’s still the possibility of an appeal NZTA needs to give it the final sign-off, with further engineering and operational details and Auckland Council needs to agree they accept the business proposal, which will likely go back before Council around the end of the year. But this is …
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How the UCF lolly scramble worked – and how it will transform Auckland

How the UCF lolly scramble worked - and how it will transform AucklandWe sent Bruce Copeland on a road trip to Rotorua last Thursday to represent Cycle Action at the announcement of the second tranche of funding for the Urban Cycling Fund (UCF). Here’s his report on what it all means for biking in Auckland: Last Thursday had the feel of watching history in the making: at long last some serious cash is being invested in proper cycling infrastructure. (A fiscally prudent motorist may say this is a crazy lolly scramble, but it’s small lollies compared to the big bickies spent on tarmac). Whatever your viewpoint, how has Auckland fared? Have we got our fair share, and is it being spent in the right places? The UCF is a $100m fund designed to …
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Rock on with your Frock on – a weekend ride report

Rock on with your Frock on - a weekend ride reportA beautiful weekend for a ride: the intrepid Carol Green reports on yesterday’s Westie Frock Ride, featuring frocks on bikes, and bikes on trains, and chats on wheels, and a whole lot of quaxing. Maybe it’ll inspire you to take a ride of your own out that way?  Despite being a ‘member’ of Frocks on Bikes for a good while, I’ve never actually joined them for a ride, but this weekend I had no excuses: Christine Sabin had organised a West Auckland ride. Yes, In My Back Yard! We met at Sunnyvale station in the rain, where a few ladies had come by train (great option for intermodal transport choices!). Then we …
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Join the conversation – Breakfast Session next Thursday 2 July

If you’re interested in Auckland cycling issues, we’d love to welcome you to our next Breakfast Conversation next Thursday 2 June, at the Art Gallery Cafe. As always, hot coffee and good conversation will be on the menu, and everyone’s welcome at this monthly informal breakfast session for lively conversation with cycling friends and colleagues, held on the first-Thursday-of-each-month – no need to RSVP, just come along. See you there! Thursday 2 July, from 7.30am to about 9am @ Mojo Cafe, Auckland Art Gallery (1st floor – entrance from the cafe terrace off Albert Park) PS There’s no special reason for featuring the 3rd Los Angeles Project this month…or is there…? Click here for more about this interesting analysis …
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Urban Cycling Fun(d)

Urban Cycling Fun(d)Last night’s announcement of the second big tranche of Urban Cycle Fund money made CAA break out the bubbly at our nicely timed monthly meeting. Looking over the announcement list of projects for Auckland felt a wee bit like looking over a whole pile of gift-wrapped goodies. What a list – we’ll discuss the Auckland projects in more detail in future blogs, but first let’s have a look at what this really means in the bigger picture. Following yesterday’s Council budget being passed – which made possible many of the UCF projects in the first place – we can now look forward to the next three years where, for the …
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Two for two – Auckland and Wellington both vote big for cycling!

Two for two - Auckland and Wellington both vote big for cycling!This just in – the LTP2015 Budget has passed in Auckland Council. The vote was 10-9 (tight, due in part to two Councillors supporting the budget being away). But the important thing for cycling is that the budget approximately triples the funding for walking and cycling – to some 124 million over the next three years once including NZTA and Urban Cycleway Fund money. Many new cycleway projects big and small will now finally go forward. This is the first time in literally a decade or more that cycling really got a boost in our Council. As advocates, we can’t tell you how much this means to us, when for …
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Sam Gray: Off to the World Championships

Sam Gray: Off to the World ChampionshipsAlthough Cycle Action is all about everyday, transport cycling, we are always happy to see a New Zealander doing well in the world of sport cycling. Belmont local Samantha Gray has been selected by Cycling New Zealand as a wildcard to compete at the UCI Amateur Road World Championships in Denmark in September, and she needs to fund her own way to get there. Sam will be representing New Zealand in the Time Trial and the Road Race in the M2 Masters Women Category. We hope you will support these local events to help raise funds to get Sam to Denmark to compete against the best amateurs in the world. For further information see www.facebook.com/samgraycycling and to …
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Restoring the Onehunga Harbour foreshore – a progress report

Restoring the Onehunga Harbour foreshore - a progress reportAs the likely effects of the proposed East-West Link sink in, here comes some happier news from a project along the other Onehunga shore. The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project has been busy reconnecting the people to the water, across the motorway, undoing the separation created by the installation of the Southwest Motorway in the 1970s [NB these are two separate projects, but you can do the maths: Onehunga was cut off from its harbour waterfront four decades ago, and we are only now regaining ease of access to the water and restoring the ecosystem. If the East-West Link were to be built, it could take much of our children’s lifetime before that side of the inner harbour is …
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Notes towards a pre-history of Skypath: voices from the 1970s

Notes towards a pre-history of Skypath: voices from the 1970sSomething that became clearer than ever, over the course of the Skypath resource consent hearing, was how long Aucklanders have yearned to solve this missing link for our city. To be able to walk and bike over our most iconic harbour crossing would be an immense gift to our city, its people, and its visitors. In our files, we found some eloquent evidence of this longterm longing for a shortcut from Shore to City. We’re not just talking about a decade ago, when Bevan Woodward signed the petition asking for a feasibility study. We mean even further back than that. Back in 1979, PATH (Pathways Across The Harbour) was set up to advocate for a cycleway …
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