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Summary Page: Waterview Connection 4 - Cycleways and our transport networks
Term 2 starting 27 June 2017.



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Worldwide, our transport networks are becoming more widespread and more complex. Modern transport design is so much more than just dropping a road over farmland - there are many people to consult. Into the 21st Century, not everyone wants to drive a car all the time so the needs of people cycling and walking must be part of the mix of safe, convenient travel and recreational options.

During this field trip you will take on the role of transport planner. Alongside experts from Auckland Transport you will explore a vision for modern travel as you evaluate the wide mix of travel options - public transport, like buses, trains and ferries, but also travel by car, cycle and on foot.

This field trip is the final chapter in the construction of the Waterview Connection in Auckland, a $1.5 billion roading project and New Zealand's biggest. You will see how cycling has been integrated into the project from an early stage. What you learn may reveal opportunities to influence planning in your own local area and to make cycling safer and more fun wherever you live.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • the Waterview Connection Project
  • Waterview Shared Path
  • transport networks
  • Auckland transport
  • the value of cycling
  • shared pathways
  • infrastructure
  • urban design
  • cycleways

During this field trip you will:

  • follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
  • find out how cycling is integrated into the Waterview Connection project
  • discover the large extent of community input into the project, including iwi
  • learn about "The Network Effect"
  • investigate the new shared pathways and find out who uses them
  • learn how people settle on their preferred route to their destination
  • experience riding a bike on a shared pathway
  • experience walking on a shared pathway
  • assess the new bridges that are part of the shared cycleway
  • assess the innovative lighting on the shared pathway
  • interview people using the shared pathway to find out what they like about it
  • go to the "totem pole" to see how data is gathered in real time about cycling journeys
  • discuss results of research into the use of the shared path and what it means for you
  • see how a shared use pathway as part of a project can improve the environment
  • visit a school to find out how they use the new local cycleways and shared pathways

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • asses cycling routes to school and decide if it is safe to ride your bike
  • plot the safest cycling route from home to school
  • over the next month, at least once ride a bike (if it's safe) or walk instead of driving
  • educate others about safe cycle routes in your local area
  • influence others to get on a bike or walk
  • place your personal value on cycling and cycleways
  • go to your local council's website and inspect its cycleways
  • use an app to find cycling routes and cycleways
  • design your own survey to investigate cycling as a transport option where you live

Where you will go

Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city, and it is growing and changing. Roads are becoming increasingly congested and in many areas building and widening roads is no longer a feasible or cost effective option. To keep Auckland moving we need to give people more transport choices, which means using the space we have available carefully.

People on bikes are part of the vision for a more accessible, liveable Auckland. AT is working with Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency on the $200m Urban Cycleway Programme for Auckland, which will create an integrated network of cycling paths around Auckland. One of the key objectives of this programme is to help more people travel to and from the central city quickly and easily.

As more safe cycle routes are provided, cycling numbers are increasing. For example, the North Western Cycleway (built 2010) showed a 27.2% increase in cyclist numbers in 2016. It now also connects to new cycleways on Grafton Gully and Nelson Street and since these connections were built, 9.4% of inbound trips on Upper Queen Street during morning peak times are now made by people on bikes.

Surveys have shown that 60% of Aucklanders say they would cycle, or cycle more, if they felt safer. The Inner West is already one of the busiest parts of Auckland for people on bikes, and due to its proximity to the city centre and attractions nearby, it has the potential for the number of people on bikes to increase dramatically.

The Waterview Connection is a big part of delivering reliable travel times to Auckland for urban road and cycleway users alike but will also take a lot of traffic off local roads, making these roads more enjoyable for cyclists. With the opening of the Waterview Connection, Auckland drivers will benefit. As well, the project will benefit all New Zealanders by improving Auckland commerce.

There are also benefits to local Waterview Connection communities where people will retain their connected community, and have a wider choice of new safe, environmentally-pleasing travel options that include provisions for people walking and cycling.

Teacher comments about related field trips

"LEARNZ field trips provide an inclusive blended elearning programme that has heightened student learning and enthusiasm for learning in my class. The information available to support planning and implementation of classroom programmes is amazing. The curriculum integration opportunities LEARNZ field trips presents has provided my students with a rich literacy programme. Parent feedback from our annual teaching and learning survey provided positive feedback about how effective and apparent the students learning is when participating on a LEARNZ field trip." Katrina Laurie from Clifton Terrace Model School.

"It is structured really well and it gives the children and authentic context within which they can learn. It was appropriate for my class because we are living within a citywide rebuild (Christchurch) so the planning and implementation of infrastructure is completely relevant. It motivated many of them to log on at home to support their learning." Jan Thompson from Banks Avenue School.

"Great for motivating students, relevant and NZ based. Made me more open to interactive/web conferences/real time learning." Karen Nicholls from Matamata Intermediate.

"We have been viewing the videos from the second (Waterview) field trip and children have been totally engrossed. It is something that is happening very close to our school and the planning of the Waterview School playground is also relevant to us." Heather Mays from Edmonton School.

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Inquiry Topics: Auckland, community involvement, construction, cycleways, cycling, data gathering, environment, future focus, identity, infrastructure, managing resources, NZ Transport Agency, roads, safety, statistics, survey, sustainability, technological innovation, technology, transport, urban design, urban planning

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