May the Bike Breakfast be with you!

May the Bike Breakfast be with you!This month’s Bike Breakfast happens on…. Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth be with you! We meet at Scarecrow Kitchen (corner of Victoria and Kitchener St) from 7:30am on Thursday 4 May. All welcome – you don’t even have to arrive by bike. It’s been quite a month for Jedi mind powers: rain is not the cyclist’s friend at the best of times, and April provided new, sometimes biblical, definitions of a damp ride. We’d love to hear your first-hand accounts of how to prepare, how to stay dry, how to dodge the showers or just give yourself over to them, and how to dry off afterwards. Bike Auckland also has a couple of classic blogs …
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The Big Bike Film Night is back – and it’s bigger and better!

The Big Bike Film Night is back - and it's bigger and better!A night at the movies, especially for us! That’s the promise of the Big Bike Film Night: a cinematic feast, united by the humble bicycle. A sold-out success last year, the BBFN is rolling back into Auckland in mid-May. If you were lucky enough to catch last year’s screening, you know what to expect: an exhilarating and inspirational compilation of short films that capture the many ways our wheels move us. Whatever your particular bike angle, it’s catered for. And you’ll be amazed by how involving the stories are simply as stories – about people, just doing their thing on bikes. And here’s some great news: this year features more screenings and even more delights than ever. Curator Brett …
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Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon Valley

Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon ValleyAlison Paulin is an Aucklander and long-time member of Bike Auckland/ Cycle Action Auckland. She shares her experience over the last few years promoting two-wheeled transport technology in the heart of the global HQ for information technology – sparking some interesting comparisons with how we do things here… I’ve been living in San Jose, California for three years now, and began working for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) soon after I moved here. I went along to volunteer – and ended up with a part-time paid job managing their valet bicycle parking services. Silicon Valley refers to the valley that (when it has water in it) flows into the San Francisco Harbour, …
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Pt Chev by the numbers: looking forward

Pt Chev by the numbers: looking forwardAs a Pt Chev local, I’m excited about the proposed bike lanes (NB feedback closes 23 April – have your say here). We’re a ‘bikie’ family: we bike to to school, the shops, the library, the dairy, music lessons, local parks, MOTAT, the zoo, to the doctor, the butcher, the baker. We use the NW cycleway for fresh air and to visit cuzzies, and two of us regularly ride to the city and back for work. We also walk, bus, and drive to all of those places, which makes for a pretty rounded perspective on what it’s like to move around the ‘hood in different ways, at different times of day. The first thing you notice is that Pt Chev …
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Tumeke to move – new home wanted!

Tumeke to move - new home wanted!The wonderful “let’s fix it together” volunteers at Tumeke Cycle Space are looking for a new home. Their current location in Newton, shared with the Tangleball makerspace collective on Edinburgh Street, is slated for sale. Tumeke’s Alex Raichev says they’re looking for a space roughly the size of a double garage, preferably with street-level access and a storage area for spare parts and wounded bicycles. Ideally it will be free or cheap, and reasonably central – say, five kilometres from the Aotea Centre. Tumeke’s community bicycle workshop is currently open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday afternoons, and Alex says they’re open to sharing space with people working complementary hours. Got a space …
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Bike to the future – taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanes

Bike to the future - taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanesPart 1 in a short series on the planned walking and biking improvements for Pt Chevalier. Feedback closes Sunday 23 April – read about the proposal here, and have your say ASAP!  I love Pt Chev for many reasons – not least, because it’s literally got a point: it’s a near-perfect triangle, about as wide as it is tall, leading to a tree-clad promontory into the harbour. I love that you can walk it end to end in half an hour, or dip in and out of the cul-de-sacs to rack up your 10,000 steps. I love the way local kids can learn all the streets. I love the grey herons and magpies who shout at each other in …
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Every little bit adds up – Saul’s ten years of biking

Every little bit adds up – Saul's ten years of bikingSaul Parkinson looks back on a decade of biking to work, crunches the numbers, and peers into the future… Small individual actions can seem insignificant, unless we take a more long term view. As February 2017 rolled around, I realised I’ve been commuting daily by bike for 10 years now! So, 10 years…that must be a few k’s, right? I did some quick sums and came up with some random numbers: 4000+ rides 35,000 km travelled 1 time caught in a hailstorm 2 grazed knees / bruised egos (achieved all by myself, care of 2 misjudged curbs) $15,000 saved in bus tickets, or $20,000 in parking costs (let alone car & petrol costs …
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Photo of the week: Self-portrait

Photo of the week: Self-portraitSelf-portrait [noun]: a portrait of oneself, made by oneself This week’s image comes to us from Carl Wells, aka @djfriendlyman on Instagram, who explains how it came to be created… There’s no better excuse for a cycling adventure than a birthday! As well as regularly biking to work, I race for Team Webscope and normally ride around 12 hours a week on my Giant TCR, with a training plan from Grit Coaching. What would be a bit of fun and totally different than my usual training rides? Strava-art! Strava is a popular app for cyclists which tracks your route with GPS. So the challenge is to design a route which, when uploaded, looks awesome. My first …
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All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nah

All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nahSimon Wilson at The Spinoff has written a cracker of a piece about the East-West Link, the Onehunga roading project currently facing a Board of Inquiry at the Environment Court to see if it will be allowed to be fast-tracked. Of the extremely large number of public submissions (you can see the analysis here), the vast majority (85%) oppose the plan. Simon’s article is a pretty great round-up of why. Among other things, the projected $1.85bn budget could go a long way towards all sorts of other transport projects that would help Auckland, including the rail and bus network. Or imagine, for example, investing that same sum in a cogent network of connected cycleways, protected bike lanes, wide smooth footpaths, and traffic-calmed safer streets in …
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Time for Bike Breakfast – Thursday 6 April

Time for Bike Breakfast - Thursday 6 AprilApril showers bring… super bike powers? It certainly felt that way biking down Lightpath and Nelson St with the Mayor on Monday! After showing him the morning bike people pouring into the CBD, we gave him a taste of the smoothest commute in town. And if it’s a new month, it must be time for the monthly Bike Breakfast… When: Thursday 6 April from 7:30am to 9-ish Where: Scarecrow Kitchen on the corner of Kitchener & Victoria Street in the CBD. As always, everyone is warmly welcome – and no need to arrive by bike. It’s absolutely free – just bring an appetite for great bike chat, good company, and fine coffee. See you there!
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It’s Whau real – a design for Te Whau Pathway!

It's Whau real - a design for Te Whau Pathway!The fabulous Te Whau* Pathway project is leaping ahead, with a draft preliminary design now out for public consultation. We’re reported before on how this Greenway will create 12km of safe shared path along the western edge of the Whau River, from Te Atatu to Green Bay, to be completed over the next 5-8 years. Some sections are already in place, but this plan will make sure that future stages will work best for the grand vision! (*If you’re not familiar with Whau, you may be tempted to pronounce it ‘Wow’ – in fact, it’s ‘Fo’, as in, yes, that beautiful vision is fo’ real!) Te Whau Pathway is a truly exemplary Greenway project – ecologically and historically …
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Coffee with Mayor Phil at the Top of the Hill

Coffee with Mayor Phil at the Top of the HillThe clocks have gone back… which means we’ll all have a bit of time up our sleeves on Monday morning. Time for a pit stop – with free coffee, new maps, and a visit from the Mayor! If you’re biking to the city from the west on Monday 3 April, Bike Auckland invites you to swing by our pit stop at the corner of Ian McKinnon Drive where it meets Upper Queen St. You know the place: top of the last hill on the way into the CBD, just before everyone peels off in different directions! Our special guest Mayor Phil Goff will join us on his e-bike from around 7.15am, …
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Frankly amazing – a local rider with a great cause

Frankly amazing - a local rider with a great causeI met Frank Webb last year at a bike pitstop at Unitec, where he’s worked for the last 30 years. He looked pretty dapper in his shirt sleeves, so I asked if I could take a photo. Frank laughed about how far he didn’t ride to work, as he lives only a few blocks away. Little did I realise at the time… behind the mild-mannered office guy appearance hides a super man, who not only rides long distances whenever he can, but is about to set off on a 700km ride around the South Island to raise money for a very good cause. Here’s Frank’s story:  I took up distance cycling a couple of years ago, …
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Two try-a-bike events – Saturday April 1, no fooling!

Two try-a-bike events - Saturday April 1, no fooling!Fancy a new bike? Or fancy getting back into the bike life… but not sure where to start? Saturday April 1st (no joke!) brings two try-a-bike events that will give you a chance to take something fresh for a spin. One is aimed at families, the other at women getting back into riding, but everyone is warmly welcome to both. First up is Try a Bike Day at Pt Chevalier Primary, from 11-1. There’ll be e-bikes, cargo bikes, and kid bike seats to try out. Plus a bike obstacle course for the kids, and bike giveaway goodies from Bike Auckland and Auckland Transport, including great new maps of the central city bike paths. It’s …
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Pt Chevalier to Westmere consultation opens

Pt Chevalier to Westmere consultation opensConsultation is now open on proposed walking and biking improvements from Pt Chevalier to Westmere, specially from the Pt Chev shops to the Garnet Rd shops via Pt Chevalier Rd and Meola Rd.  Auckland Transport plans to deliver this project by the end of 2018. Feedback is open till Sunday 23 April 2017 (direct link to feedback form here; but we recommend you check the detailed plans on the project page first, and read our thoughts below). Also, there will be two public info sessions: Saturday 8 April, 10am – 2.30pm at the Pt Chevalier Library Wednesday 12 April, 5 – 8pm at Nomad Restaurant @ the Pt Chev shops. This is an exciting extension of the inner …
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