June-19 AT Board meeting

Today the Auckland Transport board meet again and as usual, here are the highlights from the papers. Closed Agenda Like last month, there is little of interest on the closed agenda. The only thing worth noting is it appears we’re soon to hear more about the plans for the transport networks in the greenfield growth areas that were consulted on last year.…
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New Skypath design confirmed

Yesterday NZTA released the results of their long-awaited work into designing a walking and cycling connection across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Bike Auckland have a fantastically detailed post on the long history of this project, and describe what different between this new design and the previous Skypath proposal: Initial images show a pathway along the city side of the bridge: it’s cantilevered off the piers, and roughly level with the roadway. …
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Auckland 7th best cycling city – Yeah Nah

Cycling in Auckland has definitely improved over the last five years, especially where we’ve started to build quality and safe infrastructure – although the roll-out of that appears to have stalled of late. But we’re coming off a low base and have a long way to go and so it was a surprise yesterday to see Auckland ranked as the 7th best city for cycling.…
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E-scooters extended but to be slower

Shared e-scooters have been in Auckland for seven months (today) and already resulted in a significant shift in how many people get around. Yesterday the council announced they will be for at least another five months til the end of October as part of a new trial announced yesterday – we learnt this was coming last month.…
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May-19 AT Board meeting

Thursday is the next Auckland Transport board meeting and here are some of the highlights from the papers going to the board. Closed Agenda There is surprisingly little on the closed agenda for this meeting with the only things of real interest being: Enterprise Asset Management Business Case Third Party Major Project Support and Mobilisation Active Modes update I wonder if the active modes update will just say “we haven’t done anything on active for years” given ATs abysmal record on this of late.…
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Drive Less, Walk/Cycle more

A new report from the University of Otago is calling for New Zealand to almost half the percentage of trips taken by car between now and 2050 in order to improve our health and the environment. Titled Turning the Tide – from Cars to Active Transport, the report calls for the share of trips taken by car to drop from 83% to 45% with the difference made up by significant increases to walking, cycling and public transport.…
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Great North Boulevard

With Aucklanders suffering a housing crisis and poor transport choice, new housing in convenient, well-connected parts of Auckland can’t come soon enough. While the unitary plan allows for new housing along transport corridors, there are still a number of barriers slowing the regeneration of these areas.…
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Scoot Math

Lime have been operating in Auckland since October last year. Six months. I know, is that all? It feels like they’ve been around a lot longer; e-scooters just seem part of the city now. So as they are seeking to renew their licence to operate I asked them if we could run some data.…
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