A bouquet for Auckland Council: SkyPath is GO!

A bouquet for Auckland Council: SkyPath is GO!‘I want to bury the city in flowers. I’m so proud to be an Aucklander!’ said our chair Barb Cuthbert in a post on Facebook after the news came through that Auckland Council had unanimously voted to support the SkyPath PPP proposal, which means the project can go ahead (pending NZTA’s license to occupy and the resolution of the remaining appeal). We then literally buried some of the special helpers in flowers, because why not! Earlier in the day, Barb had showered the councillors with encouragement and admiration for their work so far, inviting them to reach for the next gift to the city. [You can see the full footage here – Barb’s …
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The long road to SkyPath: a 40 year timeline

The long road to SkyPath: a 40 year timelineAs we noted the other day, this year (indeed, this month and this week) marks a major anniversary: 70 years since the NZ government promised Auckland a fully walkable and bikeable harbour crossing. Auspiciously, 2016 also marks 40 years since a private advocate suggested the first solution for a retro-fitted pathway, thus kickstarting the process that led us to where we are now. Longtime SkyPath supporter (and unofficial Cycle Action Auckland archivist) Kirsten Shouler has assembled the following timeline, so we can see how we got here – and who to thank! 1976 North Shore resident David Calvert proposes an underhung pathway for bikes suspended below the main carriageway. Despite major public interest in a bicycle crossing of any kind, …
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Where is SkyPath? The story so far…

Where is SkyPath? The story so far...‘What’s up with SkyPath?’ is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear. And we occasionally hear from people who somehow haven’t yet heard of Bevan Woodward’s visionary SkyPath project, but are just curious or flummoxed about why there’s currently no way to walk or bike across the harbour, which puts Auckland in a very firm minority of world cities. So where is our bikeable, walkable crossing? The story so far… Remember how jubilant we were this time last year, when resource consent was granted back in July 2015. Good to go? A SkyPath under way by Christmas? Well, potentially – but the legal process allows for appeals, and appellants must be allowed their day in court. (Curious about who’s appealing …
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Ooh la la – it’s time for the Tour de Frocks

Ooh la la - it's time for the Tour de FrocksFrocks on Bikes invites you to join in the ‘magnifique’ Bastille Day Street Festival in Remuera with a French-themed group ride around the village, followed by sampling some of the city’s best coffee and croissants. Bring your sister, daughter, aunty, oma, mama, or tipuna wahine along for this easy, safe and short ridgeline ride.  Aimed at all ages and abilities, to keep one’s confidence up riding on the road. Dress code? Fashionably French, of course!
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Project Glow Wear – a contest for bright designers

Project Glow Wear – a contest for bright designersAfter dark, and especially in winter it’s so important to be visible on our bikes – and that means not just hi-vis, but reflective gear. But – can we be honest? – a lot of the reflective gear out there, while incredibly useful, is also pretty utilitarian. Can’t we be seen well AND look good? That’s the inspiration behind Project Glow Wear, a new design contest that reckons Reflective is the new Black. The idea is to combine creative talent and versatile new materials, so as to come up with things we’d actually love to wear – and then to get them into production, so we can! All the info you need is on the website and …
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Learn to ride at the Cloud – adult drop-in bike lessons

Learn to ride at the Cloud - adult drop-in bike lessonsDo you live or work in the CBD? Keen to master the art of riding a bike? Mix the joy of learning with the whimsical lights and architecture of the Cloud, and you’ve got some winter rain-proof evening fun! Auckland Transport is adding a drop-in component to their monthly Beginner Bike & Bike Maintenance sessions at the Cloud on Queens Wharf. If you are new to riding, just haven’t been on a bike for a while, or are getting back into it but need a bit of a confidence boost, then come on by. Drop in, learn some new skills, and enjoy pedalling around the Cloud.  Bikes are available on a first come, first …
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