Queen St makeover

Queen St has been the subject of plenty of discussion over the last few years. There’s been the discussion of light rail, the council unanimously voting to trial making it more pedestrian friendly and then being completely ignored and undermined by council and Auckland Transport officials and then there’s the covid emergency works that were put in place to allow more social distancing.…
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Weekly Roundup – 16-Apr-21

Here’s our weekly roundup Mobile Fine Increase The government are increasing the fine for using a mobile phone while driving. The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today.…
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Guest Post: Why bike lanes need to be designed for women

A guest post by Marita Hunt A handful of recent articles on cycling, gender and the climate demonstrate the value of centralising women when designing cycling infrastructure. In February, a paper called Pedalling Towards Equity: Exploring Women’s Cycling in a New Zealand City by Marie Russell, Cheryl Davies, Kirsty Wild and Caroline Shaw was published in the Journal of Transport Geography.…
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Weekly Roundup – 09-Apr-21

Here’s our wrap-up for the last few weeks Hydrogen Bus Last week Auckland Transport unveiled New Zealand’s first hydrogen bus. The bus was unveiled by the Minister of Transport Michael Wood and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff at Ports of Auckland – where the bus will be refuelled with green hydrogen.…
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Auckland Transport to actually build cycleways

The NZ Herald reports: In a surprise announcement, Auckland Transport has revealed that they will “actually build some cycleways” in the next 12 months, ending their current policy of “doing everything they can to avoid building cycleways”. AT Chief Executive Shane Ellison announced the new policy, after facing much pressure over the past couple of weeks following the release of ATAP 2021, which is projected to spend $31 billion and increase, rather than decrease, emissions.…
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A Greater Gt North Rd

Great North Rd between Grey Lynn and Karangahape Rd is one of Auckland’s most important urban corridors. It’s a corridor ideally suited to redevelopment with zoning that allows for it, and a lot has already happened, it has good public transport links with almost all buses to the city from the West and Northwest travelling along it, and it has a good grade for cycling.…
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Where to next for Skypath?

Yesterday the Herald’s Simon Wilson reported that Skypath was in trouble. The plan to build a cycling and walking path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, popularly known as Skypath, has run into “significant and complex engineering issues”. The Herald understands the current design will be scrapped.…
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Weekly Roundup – 19-Mar-21

Here’s our roundup for the week. Constellation Dr Win A few weeks ago we ran a post about how we need to enforce and extend bus and transit lanes. It included an email a reader had sent Auckland Transport CEO Shane Ellison about how bus unreliability on Constellation Dr in the afternoon peak was making it harder for her to justify using public transport.…
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