Dec-18 AT Board Meeting

Yesterday Auckland Transport held their last board meeting for the year and it was an important one with some key decisions being made. The big one, was that the board have approved for consultation their draft speed bylaw. This is the change that will see speed limits across the entire city centre drop to 30km/h and will other speed changes will occur on a number of other areas around the region too.…
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Great streets for Grey Lynn: a beauty of a reboot!

This is a cross post from our friends over at Bike Auckland. Feedback is now open on the revamped designs for Grey Lynn, which include not only neighbourhood bikeways, but great stuff for pedestrians, more trees, and quality landscaping. Here’s Auckland Transport’s project page with full info and detailed plans – and the consultation brochure. Feedback is now open until Friday 14 December.  We’ll be back with more nuanced observations, but for now we’ll keep it simple. This is beautiful, smart, proud design. It puts pedestrians first, creates safe and connected bikeways for kids and adults alike, and greens the streets by adding over 200 new trees.…
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AT’s Consultation Crunch

Consultation is an important part of the process for public agencies but getting it right is easier said than done. Sometimes the issues with consultation stem from what is included, sometimes from how the results are interpreted – only those passionate enough either way tend to respond – and at the moment we’re seeing another issue entirely.…
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Ian McKinnon Cycleway Opened

On Friday I got up early so I could be at the 7am opening for Auckland’s newest and already one of our best cycleways. The Ian McKinnon cycleway connects the Northwestern Cycleway with Upper Queen St might only be 800m long but is significant for two reasons: It removes the steep and narrow climb up to Newton Rd, and; It effectively represents the first time that we’ve replaced an existing, lower quality facility.…
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Flashback Saturday: Amsterdam is “bad ass”

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Stu was first published in September 2015. Greetings from Amsterdam. As some of you may know, I’ve recently moved here from Brisbane to begin a PhD in Economics. Fun times. In this post I want to briefly touch on some reasons why Amsterdam is such a “bad ass” city and possibly glean some information that may be relevant to Auckland.…
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A Pedestrian-Friendly Auckland City Centre is coming

Yesterday the council unanimously voted to adopt the plans update the City Centre Master Plan and help make the city better for residents, workers and visitors. The biggest change is what has been called Access for Everyone (A4E). This will see Queen St, which has 13 times more pedestrians than cars, and some adjoining streets become pedestrian, bike and public transport only.…
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Vision Zero Spin from Auckland Transport

This is a guest post from reader Heidi O’Callahan Since the Road Safety Review was released earlier this year, Auckland Transport have been clear that their new approach will use the Swedish safety system called Vision Zero. For example: We want to move towards a more “forgiving” road network, where a mistake made by a driver or road user does not lead to devastating consequences.…
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The Herald’s Latest Cycling Smear

An article that went up on the Herald’s site last night, and presumably in the dead tree version today, titled “Auckland cycleways overestimated demand to obtain taxpayer funding, says Auckland Transport report“, raises questions about some cycleway projects. Auckland Transport may have used exaggerated figures to receive taxpayer dollars for four cycleways in the city, says an internal AT report.…
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Lime Scooter Safety

This is a guest post from Hamish Mackie Director, Mackie Research www.mackieresearch.co.nz It’s a real slice of life gazing out the window of an (oversubscribed) bus on the morning commute. Lots of cars, buses, bikes, e-bikes, people walking, jogging, and scootering.…
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