No sweat – how to keep your cool when biking in the heat

No sweat - how to keep your cool when biking in the heatWe all know biking is totally hot right now, and cyclists are total hotties in general. But there comes a time of year when this is a literal condition as well as a metaphorical one. For some reason, Aucklanders always want to know how to ride in the rain, and we’re happy to share the knowledge on that score (be prepared… to love it). But what to do when the damp conditions are a little more, uh, up close and personal? Read on… How do I avoid being sweaty after a bike ride? A lot of people thinking about commuting by bike ask this question, and let’s be fair, it can be …
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A night at the movies… and a bike love-in

A night at the movies... and a bike love-inWho doesn’t love ET? You know, the nostalgic science fiction classic in which a gang of unsupervised children fly happily around the neighbourhood on bicycles… plus it’s got a cute space creature in it. Recapture the joyous feeling of blatting around the burbs on BMXs (with aliens) by rocking up on your bike to Silo Cinema’s special screening this Friday. The movie starts at 9pm, but roll up any time from 5pm. Frocks on Bikes, Bike Auckland, and the fabulous Blend Store will be there to welcome you with a bit of a bike love-in, with prizes and giveaways to sign up for. Why? Cos we love bikes, innit. The Silo Markets will also be open …
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Bike Rave, Valentine’s Day edition

Bike Rave, Valentine's Day editionThe Bike Rave is back and feeling amorous – whether you’re the owner of a lonely heart or happily hitched, bring your bikes and help light up the night on a sultry summer night ride from Mission Bay to town. When: Sunday 14th February 2016 Where: Mission Bay Reserve, 8.00 for an 8.20 start.As always, bring lights and sounds and your best sparkle. Dress up, and dress your bike in red and pink. The theme is… Date Night. Keep an eye on the event page for updates, and details of the route, any questions, etc. The Spotify playlist (appropriately themed!) will be posted closer to the time. If you haven’t been before, read up …
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Thanks for your Grafton Bridge taxi trial feedback

Thanks for your Grafton Bridge taxi trial feedbackA quick thank you for all your feedback on our request for experiences on Grafton Bridge during the taxi trial. We’ve sent it through to AT, who will shortly be considering Traffic Operations Manager Rob Douglas-Jones’s recommendation that the trial be ended early. Here’s the gist of what you told us: While a couple of hardy correspondents weren’t too bothered, the bulk of the replies expressed concerns about taxis passing at speeds that did not feel safe. Some noted that the lack of safety is exacerbated by the narrow width of the single vehicle lanes on the bridge. Responses also referred to tail-gating by taxis and buses. Buses were seen as particularly threatening because …
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Parks are for people – a fresh masterplan for the Domain

Parks are for people - a fresh masterplan for the DomainAuckland Domain may not be quite as large as the main urban parks of global cities like Central Park in New York, or Tiergarten in Berlin – but it offers stunning features that can definitely compete, like the beautiful and often immense old trees, the awe-inspiring vistas over the city and the Waitemata out to Rangitoto, and looking the other way, the neoclassical monumentality of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The Domain is also a great place for events and sports, whether it is watching a fireworks display, Christmas in the Park, having a wedding ceremony, or playing cricket. Or a vintage picnic for people on bikes, say. One area where the Domain is …
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Groundbreaking for the Waterview Path – a personal perspective

Groundbreaking for the Waterview Path - a personal perspectiveGround was broken on Friday for the new Waterview Shared Path. If you’re not familiar with this project, it’s an overland connection for walking and biking where SH20 dives underground. The cars get tunnels – and walkers and cyclists get three new bridges and a continuous 2.5km link between Mt Albert and Waterview via parks and greenways. It will also link up with other new shared paths – the Northwestern at the north end, a new path westward to Avondale and New Lynn (from 2018), and another almost completed path to New Windsor and the SH20 cycleway towards Onehunga. This project was fought hard for by the community and by groups like Bike Auckland (then Cycle Action …
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Summer of bike love – Go By Bike Day and other upcoming events

Summer of bike love – Go By Bike Day and other upcoming eventsOh, how this glorious summer rolls on and on. It may be back to work and back to school – and bike to work, and bike to school! – but February is also packed to the gills with special events. Starting with… Go By Bike Day, next Wednesday 10 February. There’s a roving ambassador wearing this year’s theme colour, sunflower yellow, and on the day itself there’ll be free coffee + muffins at “pit stops” in 3 central locations: at the Nelson St end of the Pink Path; Karanga Plaza at Wynyard Quarter; and at the Carrington Rd/ Unitec side of the NW cycleway. Can’t make it to one of the welcome tents? Go by …
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