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,
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.
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
Present. Graeme, Eleanor, Jen, Paula
Talked about the 2WalkandCycle conference.
Winter Solstice and a Full Moon
Present Jen, Andy, Graeme, Bob
Apologies Richard, Paula, Eleanor
We looked at the plans for the Carrington Rd ped/bike crossing at Sutherland rd
Dominion rd back street cycle way has increased in use.
Meola rd was discussed and the speed of traffic.
Graeme and Andy attended the ATAP meeting hours before where it was announced that the Government will look into Road Charging to reduce congestion. A step in the right direction for this government. Traffic demand management is the future for Auckland.
Present Jacob, Richard, Jen, Paula, Bob , Andy
Apologies Eleanor, Audrey, Graeme
Andy gets all the consultations on road changes sent to him. He will now send these to the group.
Open Streets on K Rd was a success and we welcome more of them.
Bob and Richard reported incidents on the shared paths Ian McKinnon drive around the Kings Arms. Andy will talk with Kathryn King about this.
Are there stat on bike/ped crashes?
Andy will send out the Ministers letter on the Domino pizza delivery robots
Present. Andy, Eleanor, Richard, Jacob, Sandra, Bob.
We meet in the park opposite Leys as it is under going changes. We then went to Cezannes to tea and coffee.
We have received 2 donation this month. $345.50 from the Silo Film evening via Fresh Concept. $254.20 from The Forum for Auckland Sustainable Transport that closed down and donated their funds to us.
We have been working on some route audits for Auckland Transport and have employed Bob, Andy and Sandra to do the work.
We are involved in the appeal in the Environment Court against the Road Stop notice on Queen Elizabeth 2 Square . Working with Joel Hayford and the Auckland Architecture Assoc.
Present Jake, Paula, Andy, Richard, Eleanor, Jen
Apologies Helen, Graeme
- Walk to Work Day – went well
- Walk month March – team challenges going well
- Tamaki Drive cycleway preferred option 3
- Greenways – Trees should be food trees
- Ped Light buttons response from ATOC. Where are walk call buttons not needed to be pressed in AK.
- Chamberlain Golf Course consultation, Jake will attend.
- Shared Paths and the RCA working group on that as indicated in Minister Bridges letter on March 15.
- Law change Give Way rule
- Open Streets in May 1 on KRd that will be closed to traffic.
- Vehicle exits at Supermarkets and Petrol Stations
Present Graeme, Jacob, Richard, Eleanor, Bob, Helen
Apologies Paula, Jen
We welcomed new members Richard and Jacob who have moved to the area and Helen who works with the Auckland District Health Board.
It was suggested that we need to present to the Auckland Transport board on the role of pedestrians.
We looked at the contra flow cycling in one way streets proposed by AT.
We talked of speeds being too high in shared space and that there is no speed limit like in Australia. Maybe cyclist can give pedestrians 1.5 meters on shared paths. Don MiKinnon drive is an example of a shared path not working due to it being narrow.
Graeme asked us to be at the CHamberlain Park Open Day and see the motorway to Mt Albert shared path that is in the plan. Richard said he would do that.
Pedestrian cross lights. Why do we have to push the button? What intersection does this happen in the CBD and which one dont. WHy the difference? Andy will ask AT these questions.
Rubbish bins of footpaths are getting too frequent. Can the council remind citizen that they cannot store bins on the footpath.
Present Bob, Andy Audrey, Elizabeth, Eleanor
We looked at plans and the new signage from AT.
It was decide to renew the subscription to Walking NZ for 24 issues.
Andy is to ask Bike Auckland if they know of any accident on the Pink Path enhanced by the crushed glass surface.
Present – Eleanor, Gay, Bob, Andy, Valma, Vivian
Apologies – Graeme
It was more of a Christmas Party than a meeting with Walk Auckland supplying cheese, biscuits and drinks.
Discussion happened and I think we solved all the worlds problems.