Safer speeds in Auckland – open letter

Safer speeds and traffic calming is an important tool in the transport carbon emissions reduction toolkit. Our people will only be able to shift from car dependency to low-carbon active travel in the numbers required for an appropriate climate change response, if the unsafe traffic environment in this city is fixed. Making our city safe is the only ethical way forward, shown by the number of children being hit recently even in the nearby area. All have been hit on roads where the speed limits do not meet international guidelines.

Hence my letter to one of the candidates for Councillor in our ward.

Cheers,

Heidi

If you are interested in the follow-up discussion please contact us.

Pt Chev Mystery Bike Hike #1

Did you know you can ride for miles in most directions from Pt Chev, almost entirely free from traffic? Join us for the first of what we hope will be many local bike adventures, exploring off-road connected bike paths in our hood and beyond!

We’ll gather in the town square outside the library – then head off, on an out-and-back ride of ~14km. It’s about half an hour in each direction, so expect to be on the move for around an hour, not counting stops to explore.

Saturday 25 May, 2pm start. Meet in the Pt Chevalier town square near the library, from 1.45pm.

On our return to Pt Chev we’ll hang out at Nomad for a chat. Feel free to stick around!

Given the length of this initial ride, it’s more suitable for adults and teens. Once we’ve tested the concept, we’re planning future rides more suitable for families with children. (If you do want to ride along this time, there’s a natural turnaround point that would make for a shorter 5km route.)

This ride is entirely off-road and on quiet streets, with a couple of road crossings along the way.

Drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, so we can plan ahead. You can also contact us at bikeptchev@gmail.com and via the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/

Make sure your bike’s in good working order before the day – please check your tires and brakes especially!

If we need to reschedule for any reason, we’ll post an update on the chalkboard in the square opposite the library.

Redesign the annual beds at DSCG

At DSCG we are thinking to redesign our annual beds to get a better management system going and hopefully increase our harvest.
What better than going to FTLOB first really well functioning urban market garden model OMG for learnings.

Future-proofing Auckland: is building a sustainable city really possible?

Wednesday 10 April 2019
Grand Millennium, Auckland City Center
5:00pm – 7:00pm

With Auckland’s population set to swell to 2 million by as early as 2029, growing demands on housing and infrastructure, and climate change exposing our city to impending natural disasters, future-proofing Auckland has become more important than ever before.

The way we plan, design, construct and govern our city will determine Auckland’s future viability.  The world’s cities are under threat by climate change.  Building a sustainable city is an integral part of Auckland’s future.

But what does the ideal sustainable city look like?  And is it possible?  Join us with Dr Michelle Dickinson as she facilitates the conversation focusing on crucial attributes and solutions – high-rise medium-density, incorporating resilience into urban design and development, and high-quality living for our people with easy access to employment, social infrastructure and clean, green spaces. 

More details here.