Today’s rain is forecast to move on by tomorrow , which improves the prospect of getting out on bikes. This could include a trip to Waiheke where cyclists and walkers are inviting us to join their celebration marking 2 years of car-free use of The Esplanade. It’s the short road around the headland between Blackpool and Surfdale (for those who struggle with the intriguing geography of Waiheke; it’s ‘over the back, and down the hill’ from Oneroa, the charming village of quirky shops you pass through after arriving on the island).
Auckland Transport and the Waiheke Local Board have decided to open The Esplanade to cars. This will end the 2 year time of safety, which has allowed local kids to walk and cycle to local schools, and created a unique haven for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians to enjoy the tranquillity of this narrow harbourside route . The loss of the car-free status of The Esplanade will be sadly missed by visiting and touring cyclists, who frequent the road, as it is recommended on Fullers Ferries cycling map.
The celebration will have the relaxed and welcoming flavour that is characteristic of so much of Waiheke. We urge you to join in.