Birkenhead wharf bike shed cost $60K has gone

Birkenhead wharf bike shed cost $60K has gone

A bike shed on Birkenhead wharf on Auckland’s North Shore which cost $60,000 to build only three years ago has already been removed.

Soon after it was built, a petition found it obstructed fisherman, impeded views of the harbour and there had been inadequate community consultation prior to its construction.

Constructed in June 2013, the Bike Park at Birkenhead wharf was, according to Auckland Transport, “installed to cater for people currently cycling and to encourage others to cycle to the Birkenhead Ferry Terminal.”

However, the jetty bike shed was at the bottom of a steep hill and a subsequent review found it was seriously underused.

In the following two years, the public petition and two reports by Lee Consulting and AT itself confirmed the bike shed was underused and a nuisance for residents.

In June 2015, a Community Led Working Group (CLWG), made up of representatives from various user groups, the Kaipatiki local board and AT, was established to fix the problem.

After thorough resident consultation, a report from CLWG in 2015 requested the Bike Park be removed from Birkenhead wharf.

“This report was handed in in September of last year. I went overseas for six months and, when I came back, it was still here,” CLWG representative Mere Roberts says.

“But, in the meantime, the shed was getting more and more derelict, panels were missing, and we really started to begin wondering if it was going to be left here to deteriorate.

“It’s quite a sad waste of public money due to poor decision-making and no consultation,”

AT now admits the shed was a failed piece of infrastructure but will not reveal how much it cost to dismantle and relocate.

“This bike shelter has not been used as much as anticipated so, following consultation with the local board, Auckland Transport has removed it for redeployment to another yet-to-be determined location,” an AT spokesperson says.

“Bike shelters with a similar design have been installed in Glen Innes and Albany where they are working well.

“The removal of the bike shelter is being completed in a cost-effective manner to minimise budget expenditure.”

Initially supportive of the bike shed, the Kaipatiki Local Board accepted the need for its removal some time ago.

“It hasn’t been a successful project,” board member Danielle Grant says.

“There has been a lot of community goodwill and I thank them for their patience but it’s taken too long to get to this point.”

AT will now monitor Birkenhead wharf to determine what smaller bike facilities are needed.

Article by Tom Dillane
Published 25 July 2016 > The North Shore Times – stuff.co.nz

Shed decision delayed

Despite overwhelming demand, a decision on the contentious Birkenhead Wharf bike shed has been delayed until after the election.

Kaipatiki Local Board officers were investigating if the $66,000 bike shed could be moved.

A report on options was requested by September 11.

If the report wasn’t finished, four members were to make a decision anyway using a $40,000 budget.

But it has been pushed back until after the Auckland Council elections.

Several options will come to the new board and it is up to members to have read up on the issue before making the call, Kaipatiki chairwoman Lindsay Waugh says.

Residents and community groups are angry the shed was put in at the end of the wharf, claiming it blocked the view and created several safety issues for young people on the water.

A petition opposing the shed, which can store 30 bikes and 10 scooters, gathered 628 signatures.

Auckland Transport investigated and said the spot at the very end of the wharf was most suitable, Ms Waugh says.

Ms Waugh says there was a “keenness from the board to meet the call for cycle storage” at Birkenhead Wharf.

“We are trying to meet competing needs of a number of users in a finite space.

“We seem to have missed a step on this one,” Ms Waugh said last month.

The Birkenhead Residents Association says it is supportive of cycling facilities but the shed’s spot is inappropriate.

Chairwoman Gillian Taylor says the community wants the shed relocated and to be consulted on any similar public works in future.

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Written by: Jess Etheridge
Published: Auckland Now / North Shore Times – 24 September 20123
– © Fairfax NZ News

Birkenhead Wharf Bike Cage

Have you seen the new bike cage at Birkenhead Wharf?

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This new bike shelter at the wharf is a great idea to encourage cyclists but the shelter has been put in a prime place on the wharf – without any consultation with people and groups who use the wharf.

The bike cage blocks a panoramic view!
It disrupts harbour related activities & safety!

Many people are expressing concern:

  • People young and old who have enjoyed the panoramic views of the upper harbour for generations
  • The yacht club, waterwise and the canoe groups who do a great job providing healthy sports activities and water safety training for our young people; volunteers need visibility from the wharf to ensure safety
  • People who come to fish in the deep water off the wharf or to watch their families take part in boating activities

Prime Birkenhead Wharf space must be for harbour activities!

We fully support parking for cyclists and motor scooter users.
But this bike shelter is in the wrong place!

Petition to move the bike cage

In association with other users of Birkenhead Wharf, we have organised a Petition to request that Auckland Council and the Kaipatiki Local Board act now to:

  • Move the bike cage from the part of the wharf where it blocks the view and interferes with harbour-related activities such as water safety, regattas and fishing
  • Create facilities for cycle and scooter parking in other locations at the wharf in consultation with community groups and local people
  • Ensure that in future for any other public works, full community consultation is undertaken by relevant departments or CCOs of Auckland Council

If you haven’t already received a copy of the petition in your mailbox you can get more forms or other information from one (or more) of the following:

You can also sign the petition at:

  • Coffee General (100 Hinemoa St)
  • Hinemoa St Café (138 Hinemoa St)
  • Casual Foodie (23 Enterprise St)

Post signed petitions to 7 Awanui Street Birkenhead 0626 or email movethecage@gmail.com for collection.

Please return it asap but by 3 August 2013 at the latest

Ferry numbers double

Patronage on ferry services has doubled thanks to increased sailings.

Auckland Transport and Fullers are trialling extra ferry services to and from Birkenhead, Northcote Point and Bayswater.

Auckland Transport manager public transport operations Mark Lambert says passenger numbers since the beginning of the trial on December 17 have doubled compared to the same weekends the previous year.

“Feedback from customers has been positive with most comments being about how the improved timetable gives people more options for travel into Auckland central,” Mr Lambert says.

“Some passengers have been asking about an even later sailing to the North Shore,” he says.

Mr Lambert says the best patronage was over Christmas weekend.

There were around 600 passenger trips on both Boxing Day and the day after.

Ferry users have been encouraged to take advantage of the 11-week trial in the hope of seeing the timetable extended.

It runs until February 26 and was developed after residents asked for more services over the weekends.

Mr Lambert says a detailed analysis is yet to be done and it’s too early to say whether the trial will be extended.

Visit www.fullers.co.nz or www.maxx.co.nz for timetable information on services.

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Written by: LISA HONEYBONE
Reprinted with permission: Auckland Now – North Shore Times

Funding approved for ferry terminal

The much-awaited Birkenhead ferry terminal project is finally going full steam ahead.

North Shore city councillor Ann Hartley says the Auckland Regional Transport Authority has confirmed funding for installation of a hydraulic boarding ramp.

She says ARTA strategy and planning general manager Peter Clark made the confirmation at last week’s meeting of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee.

Mr Clark said the authority is providing $1.5 million for a modern ramp to be installed soon, with the council having completed pile strengthening to enable installation.

Ms Hartley is happy with the news that the ferry terminal project will finally move ahead.

“This is something that we in Birkenhead have been pushing a lot for,” she says.

She says the ramp will make it easier for passengers to move between the terminal to the ferry.

Good ferry services at Birkenhead will help with the success of the soon to be introduced Beach Haven ferry service, she says.

Ms Hartley says detailed design of the Beach Haven wharf is half-way complete, with construction due to start in October and be completed by March 2009.

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Reprinted with permission: Auckland Now – North Shore Times

Felled pohutukawa posed risk

Twelve historic pohutukawa trees in Hinemoa Park have been felled because their deteriorating condition posed a risk to the public, says the council.

Hinemoa Park, located near to Birkenhead ferry terminal, has been home to 61 native pohutukawa trees since the 1920s.

Birkenhead and Northcote parks officer Bob Wallace says a lack of knowledge about correct treatment of the trees had contributed to their demise.

“They go back to the 1920s and 1930s, and historically have had poor pruning techniques which is one of the many factors which caused the decline,” he says.

Mr Wallace says that little attention had been given to the ground around the trees, and they had been thickly planted.

Some remaining trees are also sick, but the North Shore City Council is planning an intensive care programme including careful pruning and monitoring in an effort to save them.

Thirteen large pohutukawa will take the place of those cut down but if more felling is necessary there will be no more replanting. “The existing trees will be given a bit more room to breathe,” says Mr Wallace.

Birkenhead resident Jane Roberts says she is unhappy the historic trees have been removed.

“The trees in Hinemoa Park are just beautiful.

“I feel like the council gave residents no say in the matter before they were cut down.”

Mr Wallace says the council had no choice in the matter as the trees posed a safety threat both to the public and parked cars.

A rigorous consent process was followed before the go ahead was given, he says.

“We also did extensive circulation around residents, and put brochures on cars,” he says.

– Sophie Schroder is an AUT journalism student

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Reprinted with permission: Auckland Now – North Shore Times