Come one, come all to Bike Auckland’s May meeting

Come one, come all to Bike Auckland's May meetingThis month’s meeting is an update and overview on current big projects! Everyone’s welcome – please just let us know you’re coming, so we can put out enough chairs. WHEN: Thursday 26th, 6– 8pm WHERE: Pioneer Women’s Centre, Ground Floor, Freyberg Square, off High St We have 3 great speakers for half an hour each, including time for Q & A: • Ken Lee Jones, AT’s project manager for Ngapipi Rd/Tamaki Drive, will talk about the plans for the traffic lights at this notorious intersection, and related cycling safety improvements. • Steve Southall, our man on the North Shore, tells us the story behind why we supported the inland SeaPath route, plus …
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Leafy burbs love bikes too – speak up for the East!

Leafy burbs love bikes too – speak up for the East!Calling bike-friendly folk of Parnell, Grafton, Newmarket, upper Epsom, Remuera, Meadowbank and Orakei, and anyone who passes through these parts of town! Fresh from consulting on the Inner West suburbs, Auckland Transport is now looking for feedback to help plan the next ten years of bike-friendly streets in the Inner East. Here’s the project page. Add your thoughts by 20 June, via the handy online form and map, or via the freepost consultation pamphlet (arriving in mailboxes and public libraries this week). So. Inner Easties: where do you ride? Where would you ride? Where do protected cycleways need building, and which quiet routes need calming? Where are the clever shortcuts via parks? Where do you need bike parking, safer crossings, better signage? Can we beautify …
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Evening pit-stops to warm the cockles

Evening pit-stops to warm the cocklesHey, this is nice: AT is running pit stops along major bike-commute routes, to offer a bit of warmth as we roll into autumn and put the “community” into commuting. A good chance to cross paths with your local bike burbs, as well! We will have a hot drink for you, the NZ Transport Agency Share The Road photo booth, a bike mechanic, resources and the AT Ambusador. Come get your photo taken, catch up with friends and others who share your route. The pitstops will be at the following places and dates, from 4.30 – 7.30pm. NW Cycleway by Unitec – Tuesday 31 May Mangere Bridge – POSTPONED to Wednesday 1 June …
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Running into trouble at the new Patiki Rd Underpass? Please tell us!

Running into trouble at the new Patiki Rd Underpass? Please tell us!Every silver lining has a cloud… and while the newly built stretches along the NW cycleway are a delight to ride, we’ve heard of at least 3 crashes at the Patiki Rd underpass since it opened in March. There will be a formal safety audit as soon as works are officially completed – but naturally we and NZTA are keen to find out what’s happening sooner, so the remedies can be applied as quickly as possible. Is speed a contributing factor in these incidents? Visibility? Camber? Approach? Was oncoming bike traffic an issue, or not? We don’t know – that’s why we need your help. Please read the following message from the NZTA, and contact Barbara Ware at the Causeway Alliance …
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The Big Bike Film Night – double the fun for Auckland

The Big Bike Film Night – double the fun for Auckland‘All bikes, all terrain, all good’ is the motto for the homegrown Big Bike Film Night. It’s a moveable feast – a travelling bike-themed short-film festival which got off the ground last year, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of organiser Brett Cotter, who wants to share the ‘best cycling short films from around the world’ with local audiences. The Big Bike Film Night rolls into Auckland next week for two exclusive screenings: When: Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 May, 8pm Where: Academy Cinema on Lorne St Tickets are $20 and can be bought in advance here. (Yes, you could take your chances with door sales on the night, but the cinema only seats 200 and as of this writing, …
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Getting Your Hands Dirty With Tumeke

Getting Your Hands Dirty With TumekeJust off Karangahape Road, at the bottom of a nondescript commercial street neatly bisected by a cavernous Southern Motorway, is a little hub of community goodness. It’s called Tumeke Cycle Space. It’s where you go when your bike is sick and you want to mend it yourself with the help – for a koha or even for free – of people who know their way around bikes. It might sound too good to be true, but that’s what Tumeke does every Sunday afternoon and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tumeke describes itself as a non-profit, community-run, do-it-with-others bicycle workshop. When I dropped in one evening recently, a steady trickle of …
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A bring & buy sale: the Tumeke X Hum Bike Market

A bring & buy sale: the Tumeke X Hum Bike MarketLet there be bikes! The amazing community-run DIY bike workshop Tumeke Cycle Space is combining forces with Hum Salon to host a public bike market in Grafton on Saturday 21 May. This is a free community event, open to everyone. It’s the perfect opportunity to sell those old faithful bikes from your garage, fix them up, or find a trusty new two-wheeled companion for your daily commute. Break free and let your inner cyclist loose. Bring the whole family along to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere – there’ll be live music, bike maintenance help, and of course the wonderful and amazing cafe at Hum Salon, a community-run space that facilitates the strengthening of communities. Saturday …
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