Meeting 15 August 2016

Minutes of the meeting of Walk Auckland held on 15/8/2016 in the Leys Institute, Ponsonby

Present: Graeme, Jake, Richard, Will, Bob, Audrey, Jen, Eleanor,

Apologies: Andy

Andy, Eleanor and Graeme attended the Walking and Cycling Conference and were impressed by the Victorian Walks Advocate.  They did feel that the conference focused too much on cycling

Ian Mackinnon Drive

Auckland Council is proposing to close a vehicle lane and make a two way cycleway.  Walk Auckland members are concerned about the shared path on Ian Mackinnon Drive which mixes high speed commuter cyclists with walkers.  The proposed changes will do nothing to address this.  It was agreed that Walk Auckland would submit asking for changes to the shared path and that Richard would be the spokesperson.

Shared Paths

Walk Auckland members agreed that shared oaths only work at low speed.  Jen suggested that cyclists should be encouraged to use bells to let walkers know they are there.

Advocating for Walking to Auckland Transport

Graeme said that there used to be a walking and cycling reference group.  However walkers were outnumbered by cyclists.  Eventually the group was replaced by a cycling reference group.  Walk Auckland members do meet monthly with Kathryn King, the Walking and Cycling Manager at AT.

One recent success has been the decision by Auckland Transport to create a walking and cycling link to join Wellesley Street with the domain.  However, rather than reallocating existing road space it is building a separate bridge.

Future of Walk Auckland

Members acknowledge that the current membership and focus of the group is on the inner city and adjacent suburbs.   Is there scope for sister groups in other parts of Auckland

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