Fundraising for a Christchurch public bike share

By , November 26, 2014

NextBike is looking to start a public bike share in Christchurch.

This has already made the news:

The crowd-funding campaign got underway over the weekend and has already raised $5420 of a $45,000 target, which would put around 30 free bikes in four popular areas.

The plan is to fundraise for the technical costs (like the leasing requirements + actual installation of the bikes) to get the Bike Share up and running. NextBike have a branding partner who will fund the operating costs if they can crowd fund these initial set-up costs.

If you would like to make a contribution, please do so here.

Check out the video of the scheme on Vimeo:

ChildFund’s Tree of Bikes – Friday 28 November

By , November 25, 2014

treeofbikes event poster web 215x300 ChildFunds Tree of Bikes   Friday 28 NovemberA further message from the team at ChildFund.

Thank you so very much for your ongoing support.

We would love to invite you to a special sunset event on Friday 28th November from 8pm on Queens Wharf next to the Ferry Building, Quay Street, Auckland (rain date Saturday 29th November).

The Official Lighting Ceremony for ChildFund’s Tree of Bikes 

  • Watch with family and friends as pedal power is used to light the tree at sundown
  • Take a photo or selfie in front of New Zealand’s first-ever Christmas Tree made of bikes
  • Enjoy warming Christmas carols by the Greater Auckland Chorus

Please feel free to invite all your family and friends to this wonderful evening. Attached is an event poster – please do share and post online.

We are also having a unique Bike versus Treadmill Challenge at the Queens Wharf Block Party on Sunday 14th December. Hope to see you there too. Wear bike pants!

Many thanks

Kiri, Laura, Celine, Shannon & Kala


For the ladies…(not just) the single ladies

By , November 24, 2014

Summer Fling 04 300x212 For the ladies…(not just) the single ladiesAn event announcement from our friends at Frocks on Bikes.

…a warm reminder and invitation to the Frocks on Bikes event Summer Fling this Wednesday 26th November!  From 6-8pm at the award-winning redevelopment of Hurstmere Green in Takapuna, female cyclists (and potential ones) will have the opportunity to try a range of bikes including the effortlessly light and stylish tokyobikes from Blend and Flux electric bikes.

Other fabulous treats to get your summer cycling groove on include:

Plus a chance to win a stunning Alba dress by Beth Ellery worth over $300! Simply give some ‘like’ to Beth’s Facebook page and dress you and your bike in the following theme to be into win:

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We are also very excited to announce Allison Roe (former Boston and NYC marathon winner and now Devonport – Takapuna Local Board member whose is passionate about cycling for all), as our guest speaker!

And if that’s not enough, there is a free drink or two and yummy nibbles with many thanks to Auckland Transport to keep your energy up.

For those city-siders heading over to Takapuna and back, we are planning a couple of multi-modal pilgrimages with bikes via ferry to Bayswater and Devonport between 5-6pm, so check out the map attached and follow our new (for Auckland) Frocks on Bikes – Auckland FSF Event Map Digital Prepress 212x300 For the ladies…(not just) the single ladiesacebook event page for updates.

Registration is essential so drop a quick line with your name and that of your friends also attending to Zane Bray ( to register (especially to secure your food and bev, or if you don’t have a bike and need to get over to the Shore and back).

Can’t wait to share a fun night with you on Wednesday.

Bring a shower jacket in case it sprinkles a bit 09-style.

Nic & Jess

Economic benefits of cycling

By , November 24, 2014
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A Melburnian taking advantage of great infrastructure to save Australia money

From much of the rhetoric heard around cycling, you would think that it was an activity that required huge amounts of spending with very little economic return.

However, the clear evidence is very much in favour of the opposite view. The investment needed to encourage cycling as an everyday activity is tiny compared to roading or public transportprojects and the return on that investment is huge.

To back that up, there are a number of articles based on studies easily located by a quick Google search. Here are some that came to my attention.

In 2013, a study cited by the then Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, found that:

The economy benefits by more than $21 every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work

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Danes saving their country money

This is backed up by similar findings in Denmark that each kilometre cycled actually saves the country money while every kilometre driven costs the economy.

When all these factors are added together the net social gain is DKK 1.22 per cycled kilometer. For purposes of comparison there is a net social loss of DKK 0.69 per kilometer driven by car.
This takes into account social gains which goes beyond strictly economic benefits as with the Australian study:
such as transport costs, security, comfort, branding/tourism, transport times and health.

The European Union has found similar benefits from cycling in the EU.

Evidence like this is why the UK has actually started to pay people to cycle to work. Not surprising when the Department for Transport in the UK has found that the benefit cost ratio of cycling investment is off the chart – up to a 1:35 ratio.

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Aucklanders enjoying the first real piece of high quality onroad separated infrastructure – a bargain for the price

This means that for every $1 invested in cycling, we can expect a $35 return. That’s the equivalent of backing a rank outsider at the gee-gees and having it come home in first place. This is in stark contrast to some of the anaemic BCRs coming out for the Roads of (Dubious) National Significance – such as the Kapiti Expressway.

Unfortunately, evidence based policy and actual transport policy in New Zealand are distant cousins at best. Transport investment appears to be based on ideological grounds and emotional reactions from the public.

But next time someone tries to tell you how crazy it is to “waste” money on cycling, you have a few more facts up your sleeve.


Open Day TOMORROW – Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared

By , November 21, 2014

What: Open Day for proposed Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path

When: TOMORROW 22 November, 8:30am to 12pm

Where: St Chads Church, 38 St Johns Road, Meadowbank

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Below Selwyn College, looking west.

You can see a video of the proposed path here.

Our earlier post contains artist’s images of this exciting proposal for an off-road connection for cyclists and pedestrians that will follow the eastern rail line from Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive.

This project could move fast, with NZTA and AT hoping to start work on Stage 1 – (Merton Rd to St Johns Rd) in late March – early April next year. With a short lead-in time, your feedback direct to the team this Saturday is important.

Or if you can’t make it this morning, you can give feedback online from TOMORROW at

A Flyer with information on the Open Day is available (click here to download PDF) and our earlier posts have more background on this important project.

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