Bike Auckland for Point Chevalier 🚲

Auckland Transport is making it easier to be a Transition Town in Pt Chevalier, with safer streets making it easier to move about by foot and bike. It’s important to submit before 20 December to show how important this is to us. Here’s AT’s project page, and Bike Auckland has a full article about it. 🚲:

  • Support the great protected bikeways – and if you like, talk about what they will mean for you and your family! Both in your feedback and on social media!
  • Support the repurposing of car parking and the painted median where necessary to make the project safe and functional for all ages and all kinds of travel
  • Support the new raised and signalised crossings, and the raised tables over the side streets – safe walking is so important, and these will be great for kids, Selwyn Villagers, and people catching the bus!
  • Ask for a full deal, with raised crossings too for the entrances of the Bird Streets on the south side of Meola Road, and Faulder Road off Garnet Road.
  • Support the new peak hour bus lane on Pt Chevalier Road – for faster, more reliable buses when we need them most.
  • Support the replanting on Meola Road’s south side, which is needed to make the project feasible.
  • Support the traffic signals at Pt Chevalier / Meola – and ask for them to be on a raised table (to slow down red-light runners) and with wider paths around the edges for walking and biking.
  • Ask for more bike parking as part of the plan: especially at shops and bus stops. (The sports fields/ MOTAT precinct will need dedicated bike parking, too; that’s a separate convo, but one worth mentioning here).
  • Ask AT to work with the Local Board to connect these routes to Point Chevalier School on Te Ra Road – there are existing plans and discussions, but the kids deserve timely delivery!

TTPC Community Garden in Dignan St

Spring has arrived at the Dignan St Community garden with abundant produce and beauty. Our keen gardeners have increased in numbers to up to 16 people on a Wednesday morning and ranging in age from 1 to 70 plus. With our diversity of cultures and talents it is a lively hub of social, creative and learning activities in an environment that we are in constant awe and appreciation of as we work with nature’s bounty and beauty.

Everyone is welcome:
Wednesdays morning 09:30-11:30
Thursday evening 16:30-18:30
2nd Sunday of month 14:00-16:00

Here Comes the Sun: A Point Chev Play Street

When? Friday 1 November 2019, 8.00am – 8.00pm

Where: Te Ra Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland

Here Comes the Sun is a community play street event, brought to you by Bike Pt Chev and Point Chevalier School with support from neighbours and community groups. An inspired combo of School Streets and Play Streets (as seen overseas) this is a first for the Chev, and maybe for Auckland, too!

On Friday 1 November, we’re transforming Te Rā Road into an all-day play space from 8am – 8pm!  The fun begins before school, with a wide open traffic-free street where children can play, scoot and bike, while parents and teachers share coffee and chat.  

During the school day, Te Rā Road becomes an open-air classroom for fun and creative learning, with visits from other schools, kindergartens, and community groups. And after school, everyone’s invited to come and meet on the street! As afternoon rolls into evening, the street will fill with old-fashioned fun and games, music, and food trucks from 5pm – 8pm, for a family-friendly vibe until sunset.

Leave the car at home, and come out and meet your neighbours! 

Who will you vote for?

“Business as usual” won’t transform our city to be a low-carbon, sustainable one. Nor will “business as usual” voting!

So dig in to the details and find out who is actually going to lead us out of our climate emergency. Council and even the local board are critical to implementing a good plan; moves from central government will filter through in the medium term but this steady march towards climate catastrophe requires some immediate action which only Council can take.

Here are four sources of information about the candidates in our local area based on answers given to questionnaires.

Transition Town Pt Chevalier

Generation Zero

Bike Pt Chevalier

The Spinoff

Happy voting!

Stop Killing our Children

Created by The Environmental Transport Association (ETA)

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy. The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de Kindermoord movement amongst others. Please help turn the tide against road danger. Please share this film.
Email us at news@eta.co.uk

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.