Come to our Bike Breakfast: Thursday 6 August

Come to our Bike Breakfast: Thursday 6 AugustThe first Thursday is almost upon us again, which means time to mark the calendar and set the alarm clock so you can make it along to the most invigorating breakfast of the month. Everyone is welcome to pop along – it’s a great way to meet like-minded people, and get the goss on what’s happening with bike events, cycle infrastructure, and the bike life in general. When: Thursday 6 August, any time from 7-9 Where: Auckland Art Gallery cafe, up on the balcony. Access via the Albert Park entrance. See you there!
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The Cycle of Life – a dad’s ode to a girl who just loves her bike

The Cycle of Life - a dad's ode to a girl who just loves her bikeSimon Vincent is back with another heartwarming story of the biking life. This time, he takes a trip down memory lane and into the future as his daughter learns to ride independently: I have many wonderful memories of biking as a kid… but I don’t remember when I first learnt to ride. I don’t recall the pride I must have felt when the training wheels first came off. I know, and occasionally still feel, the exhilaration I got from riding no-handed or popping a wheelie or throwing my bike into a giant skid – but when I actually did these for the very first time, I have forgotten. When I first learnt …
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An appeal to reason? One last hurdle for Skypath

An appeal to reason? One last hurdle for SkypathWe hear that two appeals have been lodged today against the Skypath resource consent. The Northcote Residents’ Association is appealing on environmental and policy grounds, specifically ‘traffic, transportation and parking effects, privacy, safety and security effects, visual effects and amenity effects’ around the northern landing. And the Northcote Point Heritage Preservation Society Incorporated is appealing the decision ‘in its entirety’, citing a similar list of concerns, with the addition of construction noise and ongoing noise effects in the neighbourhood. Both appellants seek to wholly overturn the consent; and the NRA also seeks costs against the Respondent (which is to say, Auckland Council). Cycle Action’s chair, Barb Cuthbert, who has extensive experience as a planning consultant, says: …
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Bike Grey Lynn – come to the inaugural meeting, 28 July

Bike Grey Lynn - come to the inaugural meeting, 28 JulyGreat news from Grey Lynn: the formation of a local group to promote a bike-friendlier suburb. With much to look forward to in the way of connections to the city, Grey Lynn is poised to benefit. Here’s the scoop: We’re setting up BIKE GREY LYNN to make our neighbourhood safer and easier for cyclists of all ages. If you’d like to find out more about Auckland Transport’s plans for the area, if you’ve got a genius idea for making our neighbourhood more bike-friendly, if you’d like to moan about local cycling black spots, or you just want to get involved, come along to the inaugural BIKE GREY LYNN meeting! Tuesday 28 …
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Biking in your back yard: help us write a beginner bike burb guide!

Biking in your back yard: help us write a beginner bike burb guide!We know it’s not just kids who crave safe spaces to get the hang of riding a bike. We’ve been thinking about all of you out there who are keen to get going… but not quite sure where to start. To get the big picture, join Cycle Action Auckland, and we’ll make sure you receive the full set of Auckland bike maps in the post. But putting bikes on the back of cars can be a bit of a mission, so wherever possible, it’s good to start local. Plenty of the trips Aucklanders make in cars are quick local errands of 5km or less – not only could those journeys be done on a …
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UCF projects: Transforming K Road and Great North Road…

UCF projects: Transforming K Road and Great North Road...…and transforming the City, from the Centre outwards! So far, the poster child for the Urban Cycleway Fund has probably been the Nelson Street Cycleway – and no wonder, seeing that it was not only much more “shovel ready”, but also the kind of very obvious project politicians like to do ribbon cutting-style events at. But the K’ Road and Great North Road cycle project now announced in the UCF programme is arguably both more “urban” – and more transformative for cycling in Auckland – in the long run. Nelson Street will, at least for the immediate future, remain extremely transport-( and very car-) focussed, despite one lane’s worth of space …
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A new bike track in Mt Roskill – opening day, Saturday 25 July

A new bike track in Mt Roskill - opening day, Saturday 25 JulyHere’s another great playground learn-to-ride bike track to add to our recent list! The revamped Turner Reserve in Mt Roskill is having a (re)Open Day on Saturday 25 July, from 10am to 1pm. BYO bike, or try out the bike track with one of AT’s loan bikes on the day. Friendly instructors will be on hand to help out. And if you bring your gumboots, you can help plant a tree with the Friends of Oakley Creek. Turner Reserve is on the corner of May Rd and Glynn St, next to the fabulous May Rd School. (Make a day of it and visit the new Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge in …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 2 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 2 of 2We left Zane in the middle of a suspension bridge, just about halfway through the magnificent Timber Trail. Rejoin the story as he heads downhill all the way home…  After an exciting downhill ride along the road, exposed to the sun for some time, there’s a river you must stop by to cool off, the water so clear and fresh you could spend ages here just lazing about. If only it was deep enough to swim in. But it’s 11am and there’s 50 km to go. And besides, I’m starting to get tired. My goal when I started turning the pedals back in Pureora was to ride the whole 84km of …
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Zane rides the Timber Trail – Part 1 of 2

Zane rides the Timber Trail - Part 1 of 2We’ve written about the fabulous Timber Trail before, one of the most spectacular stretches of the NZ Cycle Trail (and home to the longest bike trail suspension bridge in the country). So we couldn’t resist revisiting it via this atmospheric account from our pal Zane Bray. In part one of a two-part story, Zane arrives in the friendly ghost-town of Ongarue, and sets off along the trail alone… Arriving in Ongarue at dusk, there’s an element of sadness here, isolation, abandonment, desolation. I’ve seen more rabbits than people – and a mere handful of shy rabbits, at that. I can imagine the people here scurrying for cover just like the rabbits when they see someone strange wandering into their tumbleweed …
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NW cycleway, nearly there! – An update from the Causeway Alliance

NW cycleway, nearly there! - An update from the Causeway AllianceTwo very welcome Northwestern Cycleway updates, via our prompt and lovely communications pal Sarah Price at NZTA. A new wide bridge replaces the skinny old “one-way bridge” just before Te Atatu. And look what’s planned for Patiki Rd – the detour will be worth it in the end! HOME STRAIGHT FOR THE CAUSEWAY CYCLEWAY The next few months sees some exciting changes for our cycleway users, as we start transitioning cyclists on to permanent pathway in a number of places. The first move is to the new path over the Whau River Bridge. The bright yellow railings match those at the Oakley Creek and add a pop of colour to the path. Cyclists will enjoy more width …
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A toddler is my co-pilot: biking with small passengers in Auckland

A guest post from Cycle Action committee member Stephen Horsley, about the regular trip to daycare: Three days a week, I take my 2 year old son to daycare on the back of my bike. It’s not a long trip – probably 800m or so – and then I carry on to work in the city. Why do we go by bike? Mainly because he loves it, and it’s the fastest way for the two of us to get him to daycare and then me into work. It also allows me to share the load with my wife (we are a one-car household), and it’s no less safe than driving …
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A Waiheke wine tour, for the gals – Saturday 8 August

A Waiheke wine tour, for the gals - Saturday 8 AugustHere’s one for the ladies, especially those who are new to the idea of bike touring and are looking for something friendly, not too hard, and a little glamorous… A jaunt around our favourite bikeable island, brought to you by the LadyGang and Frocks on Bikes. You can BYO bike on the ferry, or pick up one in Oneroa (where our friends at eCycles are offering special one-day electric bike rentals, just for this ride, for $45). Dress for comfort AND style – the nice thing about a Frocks on Bikes ride is you don’t have to choose. Your hosts and guides are lady bike advocate Jess and Soph, a Waiheke gal who’s …
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From granny bikes to gorgeous kit: meet Sophie Poelman

Sophie Poelman is a New Zealand born designer and cyclist who grew up on Waiheke Island, and recently launched a performance cycling apparel brand, The Rituel, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter (get in quick, it finishes tonight!). Here’s her story: Six months ago, I moved back to Auckland from Europe, where I spent six years living in the cycle-heaven of Amsterdam and two years in the pedal-powered paradise of Italy. Amsterdam is where my love affair with cycling was ignited. My only form of transport for almost a decade was an Oma Fiets (Grandma bike) which was a trusty & rusty black Gazelle. It managed a couple of thousand k’s until the foot pedal brakes finally …
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Quaxing on Carlton Gore – bike lanes delivering customers already

Quaxing on Carlton Gore - bike lanes delivering customers alreadyI hate shopping so much that I would, if I could, contract out all my purchases to my style queen friends who are constantly refreshing their wardrobes and houses. However, there are times when I’m drawn to check out a shop while   cycling around a different part of the city from my usual beat. So it was that last week I was cruising along Carlton Gore Rd inspecting progress on the long awaited, new cycle lanes. I’d heard enthusiastic comments about them from Nick Rogers, principal of Tonkin and Taylor (and member of the NZTA board), whose HQ is on Carlton Gore. He reported T & T have a good number of …
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