Imagine a truly bikeable Auckland…

The Vision

Every day, more and more of us are discovering the joy of a city that makes space for bikes. Auckland’s at a tipping point. So let’s give it a push.

The local election is the perfect time to speak up for everyday cycling. Because the next few years will make all the difference – as long as our incoming representatives keep up the momentum.

Bike Auckland has a three-part vision for getting things moving and we’re calling on our city leaders to commit to it. The more of us who sign up in support, the faster it’ll happen. Are you in?

1. A VITAL NETWORK

Let’s boost walking and cycling’s share of Auckland’s total transport budget to at least 5% until the job is done.

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Great cycleways are magnetic! Auckland’s iconic bike paths are drawing record numbers. SeaPath and SkyPath are on the horizon. An eastern path from Glen Innes to town is under way, and more off-road and protected bike lanes are coming. The recent burst of investment from the Urban Cycleways Fund has kickstarted a whole new world of possibility. 

We have the beginnings of a brilliant network – but there are so many gaps to fill, and we’re still playing catch-up after decades of underfunding. We need the current investment to continue, so we can make the most of this momentum. It’s wise prioritising of transport investment: cycling infrastructure delivers exceptional value for money, and every journey taken on foot or on a bike frees up space on the road and on public transport. 

So let’s seize the moment, and ensure Auckland builds a vital network, designed cleverly and delivered quickly. 

2. MORE LOCAL LINKS

Let’s encourage each Local Board to deliver the most important neighbourhood routes over the next term – helped by an Auckland Cycleway Fund for kickstarting local projects.local-links

People of all ages should feel able to bike to work, schools, shops, sports fields, to visit friends… or just out and about for fresh air. So we need safe routes in our neighbourhoods – to connect us to the big cycleways and transport hubs, and for easy bikeable trips to local destinations.

A new greenways design guide is in the works, which will help make these connections much more useful for people on bikes. But getting them built depends on Local Board support and funding. So we’re calling for a local version of the contestable Urban Cycleways Fund, to maximise Local Board investment. Call it joined-up thinking, call it the network effect – either way, it’s good for your ‘hood.

3. SAFER STREETS

Let’s calm traffic around our schools, in our town centres and on residential streets, for a more people-friendly city.

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Our town centres and the streets we live on should be places to enjoy, not just spaces to drive through. Above all, our children have the right to walk and bike safely and independently, and to cross the street to visit friends. 

But with traffic currently rushing past schools, shops and homes at 50kmh, we’re not just a long way from a liveable city, we’re struggling to be a survivable one. We need friendlier streets, more forgiving and more welcoming for everyone who uses them.

With better design for slower speeds and safer streets, everyone wins. Stop-start traffic flow improves, rat-running is discouraged, walking and biking become more enjoyable for all ages – and neighbourhoods come together. 

I support Bike Auckland’s vision for a more bikeable city, and call on our city’s leaders to do the same.

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Bike-Friendly Representatives

These are your representatives who pledged their support for our vision. Click on the photos to read their statements of support.

Chris Darby

Taking the Shore Forward

North Shore Ward

A Positive Voice for the Shore

North Shore Ward

Penny Hulse

Independent

Waitākere Ward

City Vision

Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward

Fa’anana Efeso Collins

Labour

Manukau Ward

Nicholas Mayne

Upper Harbour Local Board

Ann Hartley

Kaipātiki Voice

Kaipātiki Local Board

Lindsay Waugh

Kaipātiki Voice

Kaipātiki Local Board

Shane Henderson

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

Matt Grey

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

Paula Bold-Wilson

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

Greg Presland

Labour

Waitākere Ranges Local Board

Pippa Coom

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

Shale Chambers

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

Adriana Christie

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

Richard Northey

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

Vernon Tava

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

Margi Watson

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

Jessica Rose

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

Glenda Fryer

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Maungawhau Subdivision)

Julie Fairey

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

Anne-Marie Coury

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

David Holm

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

Harry Doig

Roskill Community Voice

Puketāpapa Local Board

Christine O’Brien

Labour

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Lemauga Lydia Sosene

Labour

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Michelle Atkinson

City Vision Health

Auckland District Health Board

Are you a local or national politician, and totally on board with the vision of a Bikeable Auckland? Drop us a line and we’ll feature you here!

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Download and print it out, for display at work, at home, local café, libraries – anywhere you’d like to share the vision of what a bikeable Auckland could be! It’s formatted for A3, and can be printed any size. (PDF, 2.8mb)

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