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For this week's #MRCNZ15 we have two exciting entries on the Auckland Cycling Investment Programme. Click here for Karl Bakers in depth look at the business case.
For another perspective on the project, Emma McInnes has summarised the report in GIF’s.
Last year, MRCagney put together the Auckland Cycling Investment Programme for Auckland Transport. We then summarised it through illustrations. You might remember reading it. This was a challenging process - making complex information into fun and simple graphics.
For MRCagney Auckland’s 15th Birthday, I’ve changed our work into GIF form.
Cycling in Auckland is clearly on the up. These are just some of the numbers, and they don’t lie!
This is largely because of all our neat new infrastructure.
Despite complaints about the rain preventing people from getting on their bikes, there are other cities around the world where the cycling modeshare is higher, yet they have much worse weather conditions than us, and much less sun!
Also, and this is terribly sad, but New Zealanders used to cycle much more in the past.
It was actually normal for kids to cycle to school.
The real reason for this is the lack of protected cycling infrastructure. It creates environments that feel unsafe, and are are unsafe for people to cycle.
The lack of protected cycling infrastructure also affects our more vulnerable community members. Women, children, people with disabilities and the elderly for example typically cycle less in cities with lack of cycling infrastructure.
That’s why we need this cycling investment programme that targets a diversity of trip types, such as:
Not only can we get more people on bikes with this strategy, but there’s a whole range of other benefits that will be delivered:
Plus, we will win because we will be closer to a happier, more sustainable and less congested Auckland.