Since blogging about the survey last week, we’ve done 3 morning stints joining the early birds arriving at 5.30am at the Albany, Constellation and Smales Bus Stations. We started by arriving for the 6.00am buses, and staying until 9.00am. It was a bit bleak at first – but soon each of the stations was alive with fast buses arriving and departing, thousands of people arriving to the clean, well lit stations, some buying coffee before being whisked away to town and smaller numbers waiting for suburban- bound buses. Albany, Constellation and Smales Stations all have booths selling hot coffee which you can take on the bus, which seems civilised.
We’ve handed out nearly 3,000 flyers for the survey, and in the process, met people keen to talk about how the bus feeders could be improved. Our overall impression is of a pretty slick service which is connecting the Shore to the Central City very well. Our response rate is good - 420 responses to the survey so far – and we’ve learnt lots about how the feeder buses and cycling could be made more attractive. We’re reporting the results officially to Auckland Transport on Monday. After that we’ll be able to share the results with you.
The survey will be live ’til mid next week. We’d love to hit the 500 mark for survey responses. You could help - the survey takes only 1 minute, and is really easy to answer.
If you know anyone living on the North Shore, north of Takapuna, please get them to fill it in. We’re keen to hear from everyone – cyclists and non-cyclists – who use the Busway now, or may at any time in the future.