Tag: Cycling

Aucklanders Have Selected Their Cycleway Style Peference

Modern and smart

From Auckland Transport

Modern and distinctly NZ – what Aucklanders want for new landmark cycleway

Aucklanders have called for the surface design of the old Nelson Street off-ramp to be modern and distinctly New Zealand when it is turned into a new cycleway and walkway later this year.

862 people had their say on a short online survey, where they were able to choose from a range of options for the surface. After modern (43%) and distinctly NZ (42%), came subtle (29%), bright/bold (24%) and exciting/fun (23%).

People were also asked what would encourage them to cycle to the city centre more often. Cycleway improvements within the centre (57%) and safety (56%) were the most popular, followed by neighbourhood cycleway improvements (41%).

The old off-ramp will form part of the Nelson Street Cycle Route – a joint project of the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.

Councillor Chris Darby, the political urban design champion, says “There’s been a phenomenal response from Aucklanders, with plenty of social media chatter too. A breadth of views has been conveyed and the design team has now got a good steer to get on and deliver something that allows Auckland to shine. This project will get way more Aucklanders in the saddle, cycling their way out of congestion.”

The off-ramp was closed a decade ago and transforming it – as highlighted in the council’s City Centre Masterplan – has received strong support.  It aligns with the shared long-term vision of the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to build world-class cycling infrastructure that promotes cycling as a safe and convenient mode of transport.

Brett Gliddon, the Transport Agency’s Auckland and Northland Highway Manager, says: “This project is part of a wider programme to create a well-connected network of cycle routes in Auckland over the next ten years.  It will link to the Grafton Gully cycleway to provide a continuous cycling route around the city centre and an alternative route to the city centre and the waterfront – giving cyclists more choice and better connections.”

Barbara Cuthbert, Cycle Action Auckland chair, says “We’re delighted with the response to the council’s survey, the strong public support for improved cycling connections and the prospect of a modern, distinctively NZ design and colouring on the off-ramp pavement. It’s such a smart, exciting, affordable way to enhance this landmark project.”

The new cycleway will connect to the Northwestern and Grafton Gully cycleways, providing easier and safer access to, from and within the city centre.

It will link Upper Queen Street to Nelson Street by a bridge to the old Nelson Street off-ramp. The route will continue as a cycle path along the western side of Nelson Street to Victoria Street and this part will open later this year. Phase two will continue from Victoria Street to Quay Street and will also provide a link along Pitt Street to join Karangahape Road and Union Street. Final completion is expected midway through next year.

Results from the survey:

How do you want the Nelson St off-ramp’s road surface to look?

Number %
Modern/urban 364 43
Distinctly New Zealand 355 42
Subtle/simple 248 29
Bright/bold 206 24
Exciting/fun 193 23
Other (please specify): 176 21
Unchanged/motorway grey 130 15
Geometric/abstract 119 14
Historic/classic 91 11
Words/lyrics/storytelling 84 10

 

How would you use the new walkway/cycle route?

 

Number %
Cycling 576 67
Recreation 533 62
Enjoying the environment and views 504 59
Walking or running 425 50
Exercise 384 45
Commuting to work or study 360 42
Other 62 7

What would encourage you to cycle to the city centre more often?

 

 

Number %
Cycleway improvements within the city centre 486 57
Safety 478 56
Local cycleway improvements in my neighbourhood 348 41
Cycle parking 291 34
Cycleway improvements to the city centre from the West 260 30
I already cycle regularly 185 22
Cycleway improvements to the city centre from the North 176 21
Cycleway improvements to the city centre from the South 163 19
More information about cycle routes 135 16
Cycleway improvements to the city centre from the East 129 15
Other 121 14
Nothing would get me to cycle 48 6

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Something to Wrench a Cyclists’ Heart Out

Build Cycle Lane, then spend US$740,000 to rip it back out thanks to NIMBY’s

 

I caught this over at Streetblog USA earlier this morning in regards to what happens when NIMBY’s win. Pretty much a heart wrench to anyone who believes in a progressive city with progressive type infrastructure being built after near exhaustive studies were in support for the cycle lane.

An extract from Streetblog USA:

San Antonio to Tear Out the “Best Thing” City Has Done for Cycling

Score one for the NIMBY crowd in San Antonio.

City Council representatives have voted 10-1 to remove 2.3 miles of bike lanes on South Flores Street, which the local blog Bike San Antonio says is one of the few cases where the city put a bike lane “where one needs to be.” Council members apparently caved to nearby residents who claimed the bike lane caused traffic delays and complained about receiving insufficient notice of the changes.

The restriping of the two-way road, done during a resurfacing project, changed the configuration from four general traffic lanes to two, plus a center turn lane and bike lanes. City traffic studies found that the bike lanes caused no impediment to motor vehicle traffic, while crashes declined somewhat. But that apparently wasn’t good enough for the majority of council, including Rebecca Viagran, who represents most of the area with the bike lanes.

The San Antonio Express-News editorial board said the decision was shortsighted and disappointing:

What we’re looking at is a failure of leadership from council, particularly from Viagran.

Not only is it a monumental waste of money to appease a small group of overreactive residents, but it also flies in the face of stated city goals to improve bike infrastructure, the urban core and promote better health.

Source: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/06/09/san-antonio-to-tear-out-the-best-thing-city-has-done-for-cycling/

You can read the rest over at StreetBlog USA.

 

Not to worry we have similar issues with the Unitary Plan grinding its way through the next round (the Independent Hearings Panel) soon.

 

Slowly Getting with Cycling

Bit by Bit with our Active Transport Network

 

Yesterday there was a large presentation followed by substantial debate on the roll of active transport (this case cycling) in Auckland. The presentation was given by Generation Zero and the Cycling Action Network (in which I’ll ask for the presentation later today) about our lagging state of the cycling network. The material in the agenda (embedded further down) further outlines the state of our cycling network:

From page 8 and 9 of the Infrastructure Agenda

  • Auckland is one of the most car-dominated cities in the world, with approximately 80 percent of all journeys made by car (Mees and Dodson 2007). Around two thirds of all car journeys in New Zealand are of less than six kilometres, with one third of all car journeys less than two kilometres (Tin Tin, Woodward et al. 2009; Turner, Hughes et al. 2010). Many of these shorter journeys could be undertaken on foot or by bicycle.
  • Auckland was ranked third most liveable city for quality of living in the 2012 Mercer rankings. However, ranked 43rd in relation to infrastructure, which includes a measure of transportation infrastructure.
  • The ACN currently consists of approximately 283 km of cycle ways, consisting of 95 km of cycle metros, 130 km of cycle connectors and 57 km of feeder routes that comprise of varying levels of service and cycle infrastructure provision. Parts of the existing network require cyclists to use bus/bike lanes and consist of short sections of unconnected cycle lanes, which advocacy groups do not consider to be an optimal solution in terms of safety.
  • Cycle monitoring is undertaken annually in Auckland and shows the success of providing high quality, connected cycle routes such as the segregated North-Western cycle way (linking western suburbs with the city centre) and the cycle lanes along Tamaki Drive (along the waterfront) that facilitate commuter and recreational cyclists of all ages and abilities.
  • On an average weekday Aucklanders take around 29,000 trips by cycle (approximately 0.6 percent of all trips). Monthly monitoring data reported to the Auckland Transport Board shows an annual increase in cycling of 10 percent compared with previous 12 months (based on data taken from nine automatic monitoring sites).
  • Safety is a barrier (perceived and actual) to people cycling in Auckland. Research undertaken on behalf of Auckland Transport by Ipsos in 2013 shows that 59 percent of respondents indicated that safety concerns are a barrier to them cycling more, with 79 percent agreeing more should be done to promote safe cycling in Auckland.
  • In 2012, crashes involving cyclists accounted for 5 percent (1 fatality and 18 serious) of all reported serious and fatal crashes across the Auckland local road network. This is disproportional to the mode share of cycling in Auckland that is approximately 1.2 percent of morning peak time journeys to work (based on 2013 census data).
  • Providing continuous separated dedicated cycle lanes and other types of cycle infrastructure to link the cycle network with transport interchanges and local services is one of the key priorities of the cycle infrastructure programme. This was confirmed in a 2013 Auckland Cycle research survey where 55 percent of people identified the provision of separated cycle facilities as a key priority.
  • The feedback from cycle advocacy groups such as Cycle Action Auckland and Generation Zero is that we should be focusing on segregated cycle lanes (preferably off road) and providing a connected network. This is aimed at improving safety and connectivity.
  • It is important that high quality cycle connector routes are provided to encourage interneighbourhood and shorter trips to schools and local services. These connector routes are also significant as they provide linkages to the wider cycle network.
  • Research also suggests that there is a strong demand for cycling in Auckland, with about one in four people owning a bike. Survey results indicate that 18 percent of respondents who are not currently cycling are primed and ready to cycle given the provision of high quality cycle facilities.
  • Auckland Transport runs campaigns during spring, summer and winter, as well as year round cycle training and “share the road” safety campaigns. During the 2012/13 financial year, Auckland Transport delivered cycle training to around 10,000 people from school children to businesses and community groups,

The Herald picked up further on the cycling situation in their “Paths full, say cyclists” in which even now pedestrians are getting cranky with cycling provisions.

From the NZ Herald:

Council told of pedestrian anger at surge in bike use of shared facilities. Cyclists are starting to feel the heat from pedestrians rebelling against having to share paths with them, Auckland Council members were warned yesterday.

In delivering her warning, Cycle Action Auckland chairwoman Barbara Cuthbert reminded the council’s infrastructure committee that pedestrians were “at the top of the hierarchy” of an active transport network.

“You may be hearing – we certainly are – that pedestrians across Auckland don’t want more shared paths,” Mrs Cuthbert said.

“Because now cycling numbers are getting up so high that those shared paths are not pleasant for pedestrians – pedestrians and cyclists deserve their own facilities.”

But Mrs Cuthbert was glowing in her praise of a council staff report recommending a greater financial commitment to cycling while warning that only 40 per cent to 50 per cent of a 900km network of bikeways will be in place by 2020 on current funding.

That compares with about 30 per cent now in place – much of which her group says is disjointed and in poor condition – and an Auckland Plan target of 70 per cent by 2020.

Committee deputy chairman Chris Darby, a cyclist, said other comparative cities around the world but particularly on the Pacific Rim were well ahead of Auckland in developing bikeways which raised public transport patronage by widening the catchment of buses, trains and ferries.

“We have been failing Auckland miserably – cycling is a badge of a smart city and we really need to have that badge on our lapel.”

His comments followed a presentation by Generation Zero youth organisation and TransportBlog representatives, who cited efforts by United States cities to attract young talent by providing safe cycling opportunities.

You can read the rest of the article over at the Herald site

 

Essentially the argument can be nutted down to this:

That is true to a point. Our heavier arterials should have dedicated and separated cycle ways but our smaller streets should be in a position to take cyclists automatically. This might be dropping local roads down to 30km/h and where possible flipping them over to shared spaces to remove the car as absolute priority from the road space.

For more on cycling by Talking Auckland check these related posts:

 

If someone asks for quick wins in getting some quality cycle and active transport infrastructure up before hitting the big stuff (long distance cycleways) I can think of two places to start:

  • Within 1km of a school
  • All Metropolitan Centres

 

Finally some pictures of either cycle infrastructure, some ideas, and/or places for a quick win

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I will get the resolutions up from the Infrastructure Committee when they come through – most likely Monday if not Tuesday

 

Infrastructure Committee Agenda

 

NZTA Announces Expert Panel on Cycling

Lets Talk Cycling

 

From NZTA in response a Coroners report in Cycling in NZ:

Expert panel on cycle safety announced

28 Feb 2014 09:22am | NZ Transport Agency: Auckland and Northland

The NZ Transport Agency has selected a group of ten New Zealand-based experts to develop recommendations for making the country’s roads safer for cycling.

The Transport Agency was asked to convene the panel in response to the findings of a coronial review of cycling safety in New Zealand, released in November last year by Coroner Gordon Matenga.

NZ Transport Agency Director of Road Safety Ernst Zollner said the agency had canvassed the views of a wide range of stakeholders with expertise in cycling and road safety as part of the process of establishing the panel.

“There is a huge amount of passion and a great depth of knowledge on cycling and cycle safety in New Zealand. We’re looking to harness that passion and knowledge to encourage cycling as a transport choice by making it safer. This panel is tasked with developing a comprehensive and practical set of recommendations for central and local government to achieve that.”

The panel is expected to meet for the first time next month and will aim to deliver its recommendations by the end of September.

Mr Zollner said the Transport Agency and other members of the National Road Safety Management Group would also continue existing work to improve the safety of cyclists in New Zealand by investing in separated cycle paths, improving the safety of roads and roadsides, making intersections safer, reducing vehicle speeds in urban areas to reduce the risks that motor vehicles can pose to continue existing work to improve the safety of cyclists in New Zealand by investing in separated cycle paths, improving the safety of roads and roadsides, making intersections safer, reducing vehicle speeds in urban areas to reduce the risks that motor vehicles can pose to pedestrians and cyclists and promoting safe cycling through a range of education programmes.

The Transport Agency recently launched a Share the Road education and advertising campaign designed to personalise and humanise people cycling so that motorists see beyond the bike. More information is availablehere.

New Zealand Cycle Safety Panel – Profiles

Richard Leggat (Chair) 
Auckland

Richard is the Chair of Bike NZ and the New Zealand Cycle Trail and is a board member of Education NZ, SnowSports NZ, NZ Post and Tourism NZ.  Richard is an enthusiastic recreational cyclist and is actively involved in his children’s sport. Following an economics degree Richard worked for apparel manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin before switching into the finance sector and working as a share broker initially in Christchurch, followed by four years in London and then Auckland.

Sarah Ulmer
Cambridge

Sarah is the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling gold medal, which she won in the individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, setting a world record.  When she left Athens at the end of the Games, Ulmer held the Olympic title, the Olympic and world records, the Commonwealth Games title and the Commonwealth Games record for the 3000m individual pursuit.  In mid-2011, it was announced that she would be the official ‘ambassador’ for the New Zealand Cycle Trail.  In the 2005 New Year Honours, Ulmer was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to cycling. 

Marilyn Northcotte
Kapiti

Marilyn has more than twenty years of involvement in cycle skills training, originally in Canada (CAN‐Bike I and II, Cycling Freedom) and has also trained in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  Marilyn has developed and delivered cycle skills and road safety programmes for adults and children in a variety of settings and regularly undertakes work for councils, cycle advocacy groups, schools, holiday programmes, Police and community groups, as well as offering one‐to‐one training.  Marilyn heads up the regional cycle skills training programmePedal Ready.

Mike Noon
Wellington

Mike joined the Automobile Association in September 2005 as General Manager Motoring Affairs.  Mike started his career with Mobil Oil NZ where he held the position of Marketing and Communications Manager.  Immediately prior to joining the AA, Mike worked as a consultant specialising in tourism, issue management and communications.  Before that Mike worked with the Office of Tourism and Sport, and as its Director saw through the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism.  Road safety is a particularly important issue for the AA, and it has lobbied strongly on issues like young driver training, cell phones, alcohol and drugs and road engineering.

Dr Hamish Mackie
Auckland

Hamish is a human factors specialist with seventeen years of research and consultancy experience in a range of areas where the interaction between people, their surrounding environments and the things they use are important. Over the past eight years Hamish has focused on self-explaining roads, high risk intersections, school transport and other areas where a ‘human-centred’ perspective is essential.

Simon Kennett
Wellington

Originally a power systems engineering officer, Simon helped to found ‘Kennett Brothers Ltd’ in 1993, a business devoted to cycling books, event management, trail design and construction, and strategy development. In 2004 he co-wrote and published ‘RIDE’ – a history of cycling in New Zealand. In 2007/08 he coordinated the Cycling Advocates’ Network networking project under contract to NZTA. Since 2009 Simon has been the Active Transport and Road Safety Coordinator at Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Dr Alexandra Macmillan
Dunedin

Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health at the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. She also holds an honorary senior research position at the Bartlett – University College London’s global faculty of the built environment. She trained in Medicine and is a Public Health Physician. Alex’s teaching and research focuses on the links between urban environments, sustainability and health. Her PhD included futures modelling of specific policies to successfully increase commuter cycling in Auckland. In London, she extended this work to understand the factors influencing trends in cycling in London and Dutch cities.

Professor Alistair Woodward
Auckland

Alistair is Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His first degree was in medicine and he undertook his postgraduate training in public health in the UK. He has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Adelaide, and 30 years’ experience in road safety and injury research. He has studied the epidemiology of head injury, the effectiveness of helmets for cyclists, the relation between vehicle speed and injury severity, the effects on health and the environment of increasing walking and cycling, and the health impacts of transport policy. He initiated the Taupo bicycle study, which has followed 2,600 cyclists for eight years to learn about factors that promote and inhibit everyday cycling, including injury.

Axel Wilke
Christchurch

Axel holds an ME (Civil) from Canterbury University and has been active as a traffic engineer and transport planner in New Zealand since 1998. He specialises in urban traffic engineering, traffic signals, road safety, intersection design & modelling and industry training. He is a director of ViaStrada Limited, a traffic and transportation consultancy specialising in sustainable transport based in Christchurch. Clients of ViaStrada are mostly road controlling authorities in New Zealand, but some work (mostly research) is undertaken for Australian clients, for example Austroads. Axel instigated professional industry training, and the Fundamentals of Planning and Design for Cycling workshop has been taught since 2003, which is part of the curriculum at Canterbury University. Advanced courses were added later, and he has taught nearly 1,000 attendees in total. 

Dr Glen Koorey
Christchurch

Glen is a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He has a particular interest in the areas of road safety and sustainable transport, including speed management and planning & design for cycling. Glen is a Member of the Bicycle Transportation Research Committee of the US Transportation Research Board and over the past 15 years has investigated many aspects of cycling safety in New Zealand. His wide-ranging research and consulting experience also includes sustainable transportation policies, planning & design for walking, crash data analysis, and the design and operation of rural highways.

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Source: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/about/media/releases/3223/news.html

 

The panel reports back in September. I wonder what they will come up with.