Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!

Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!In a week where a few people were noisily skeptical about cycleways, it was exciting to get our hands on the November automatic bike trip data. We knew the city centre counts would most likely be up a bit: new connections (notably Nelson St through to Fanshawe/ Market Place), fantastic weather, a big old festival, and that grab-and-go bikeshare experiment. We knew there’d be a bump – but we didn’t quite expect a spike like this! Can we call it the Mike spike, or the Hosking curve? Or as one wag on Twitter suggested, it looks like a classic ‘hockey stick’ graph… a hosking stick? As always, the numbers are …
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Sometimes it’s personal (it’s always personal)

Sometimes it's personal (it's always personal)A good friend of Bike Auckland got skittled on Onewa Road on Wednesday night. He’s okay – well, he’s alive and recovering. The shock of the incident led to a conversation within our team that we wanted to share with you, below. And then came the tragic news of a car vs bike fatality on Te Atatu Rd on Thursday evening, which made it all the more horribly relevant. We are absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved, and for our Bike Te Atatu whanau who have worked so hard over so many years to try and make changes to prevent exactly this from happening. Every time an Aucklander – a family member, …
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Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!

Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!Lots of people asked about our T-shirts at Lightpath Festival. Here’s a quick reminder that you can wear your heart on your sleeve – or front or even tote bag – via our online shop! We have a range of shapes and styles and colours and sizes, including super-cute little kids’ tees with little bikes on. It’s a great way to share your enthusiasm for a more bike-friendly city wherever you go – and a small portion of each purchase goes to Bike Auckland so we can get on with the work while you get out and ride. Check out the FAQs here. DELIVERY NOTE UPDATE: Digitees have advised any new orders will ship …
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Here comes the Northern Cycleway – with bonus East-West links!

Here comes the Northern Cycleway - with bonus East-West links!How’s this for an early Christmas present for people on the Shore? A major motorway project – the last link of the Western Ring Route – will now bring considerably improved connectivity for people on bikes and on foot, thanks to sustained and substantial work by the Bike Auckland team.  In particular, our North Shore infrastructure liaison Steve Southall was an absolute star at the recent Board of Inquiry (BOI) hearing into the SH1/SH18 Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI), whose decision is now complete. Below, Steve explains Bike Auckland’s influence on the outcome, and how the path and the improvements we advocated for will transform the Albany Basin for people who want to …
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Lightpath Festival a smashing start to summer

Lightpath Festival a smashing start to summerOn a glorious Saturday evening, thousands of Aucklanders and visitors took over Te Ara i Whiti, the pink path, and spilled out into the streets for a block party with bells on – and it was beautiful. In lieu of a thousand words, here’s a link to our Facebook photo album, and you can also scroll to the end of this page for a slide show of moments from the day. So many wonderful people played a part, and we’re keen to thank them all. (If we’ve missed someone below, please let us know!) Firstly, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, without whom! As presenting sponsors, Barfoot & Thompson gave us …
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Meet our partners: Cityhop car share

Meet our partners: Cityhop car shareWait, what’s a car doing in our feature spot? Well, as part of our new membership benefits, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring special discounts and exclusive opportunities to everyone who becomes a Bike Auckland member. One of the wonderful businesses backing bike advocacy in your city offers a new way to think about personal transport. What if you didn’t have to own a car, but could use one whenever you liked? And what if that car came with a bike rack so you could get further afield on two wheels? That’s the Cityhop proposition – and we even hear Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Center is a fan! …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Evo Cycles

Meet our bike shop partners: Evo CyclesGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. Meet the people backing bike advocacy in your city – this week, an ‘all-of-the-above’ emporium with two outlets in Auckland… EVO CYCLES Who and what is Evo Cycles? If you’ve rolled through Pukekohe along Manukau Road, or past Britomart on the Quay Street cycleway, you’ll have seen Evolution Cycles stores. Hard to miss them, really – they’re big, and they’ve got a distinctive black and neon green colour scheme. The two Auckland shops are part …
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From wheelchair to bike – Kelly’s amazing recovery

From wheelchair to bike – Kelly's amazing recoveryWe love hearing stories from our readers. They take us places we might not otherwise go – like on epic bike trips here or abroad. Or they show us something we’ve lost sight of, like memories of youthful hijinks or how the city looks through a child’s eyes. Or they share the power of bikes to carry us through difficult times and out the other side. Here’s a story that fits into that last category – and how! To learn more about Kelly’s inspiring journey, visit her Facebook page.   My name is Kelly Munford. In 2011, I had a serious car crash which resulted in me breaking my neck, breaking my pelvis, and suffering …
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Walk or bike your way to better health says new NZ research

Walk or bike your way to better health says new NZ researchWe campaign for a more bike-friendly city for all sorts of reasons – it’s fun; it’s a smart and cheap way to add transport capacity to existing roads; it’s a brilliantly efficient way to address our climate change imperatives… and of course, going by bike is actively good for you. The health angle is boosted by recent news that New Zealand kids are becoming less and less active and independent – and more and more adults aren’t even meeting the basic minimum recommendations for physical activity. In that context, creating cities that give people the chance to walk and bike for everyday travel is a public health no-brainer. This is borne out …
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An OnzO update – and a ride review

An OnzO update – and a ride reviewThe arrival of bikeshare in Auckland has been fascinating, with some teething problems, as we predicted. One biggie: a shortage of customer support, that led to a flurry of enquiries to us and likely to other places as well – many of them from members of the public who saw a dockless bike as an abandoned bike. The good news: OnzO now has a phone number – 0800 646 696 Please contact them about any issues.  OnzO has offered to meet with us so we can hear more about their plans, which we understand may involve a rollout of more bikes – including electric ones. We’ll keep you posted. Auckland Transport’s Walking, …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur Cycles

Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur CyclesGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. Meet the people backing bike advocacy in your city – this week, a one-stop cycling haven on the lower isthmus… ROULEUR CYCLES Who and what is Rouleur Cycles? Tucked away on Selwyn Street just around the corner from Onehunga Mall, Rouleur Cycles caters for bike nuts of all kinds. Rouleur first opened its doors in 2015 with the purpose of creating a one-stop cycling haven for anyone who rides a bike. That’s pretty much how it is …
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Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 November

Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 NovemberTwo of Auckland’s staunchest bike burb groups are launching into summer with local festivities on the same day. We love their get up and go! Out west, Bike Te Atatu is running a Biketastic event as part of the Te Atatu Spring Festival, from 10-2 at the community centre on the peninsula. Featuring: bike repair with Flying Fix a heritage bike display by Shane the Bicycle Chap e-bike test rides thanks to Velocity Bikes bike decorating local bike info They’ll also be collecting donated bikes to pass on to the EcoMatters Bike Hub for fixing up and rehoming. And, weather depending, there’s a slow roll group ride at 2pm. More …
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Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport – Sunday 19 November

Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport - Sunday 19 NovemberLocal bike fun to kick off summer! On the same day Bike Te Atatu is running its Biketastic event, the Bike Devonport crew will be gearing up for their annual Bike to the Beach. All welcome. Meet at Windsor Reserve in Devonport at 11am on Sunday 19 November for a slow, family-friendly group ride over to Narrow Neck Beach, where there’ll be a sausage sizzle and kid-friendly fun and games. Bike Devonport is always looking for volunteers to help make the fun happen – if you’re keen, get in touch! More info on the Facebook event page.
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Meet our bike shop partners: the Electric Bicycle Hub

Meet our bike shop partners: the Electric Bicycle HubGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and others to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. We’ll be introducing you to our new partners one by one, so you can get to know who’s backing bike advocacy in your city. First up is…  THE ELECTRIC BICYCLE HUB Who and what is the Electric Bicycle Hub? The friendly face of Electric Bicycle Hub is longtime bicycle advocate Maurice Wells. Maurice and family arrived in Auckland in 2015, when his partner got a job at the university. Although he’d founded two bike shops in …
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OnzO – the new kid on the block

OnzO - the new kid on the block[Updated Wednesday 15 November] We’re told OnzO now has a contact number: 0800 646696 for any enquiries. Good to hear they’ve addressed that gap in communications! Were you left boggling last Monday to find Central Auckland flooded with black and yellow OnzO bikes? We were too! In case you haven’t been in town since Monday, we’re talking about the highly visible fleet of small, single-speed, dockless public hire bikes, parked with helmets around bike racks in the City. The @onzo_nz exhibit at @aucklandzoo pic.twitter.com/qnF25DSNj5 — Andrew W (@aw_nz) November 4, 2017 Across the week, more bikes were delivered to Devonport, where I live, and were quickly making their way up Lake Rd to …
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