Who Are We?
Bike Auckland is a not-for-profit organisation that mobilises people power for a better city.
We advocate on behalf of all people on bikes.
We are a registered charity, a member-supported organisation, and a stakeholder for all cycling-related projects in Auckland.
Bike Auckland’s members and supporters cover the spectrum: bike commuters and those who potter down to the shops now and then. Triathletes, sprinters, roadies, BMX and MTB. Experts, engineers, and city planners. Everyday cyclists of all kinds. Parents, kids, friends, and families. Everyone who envisions a more bike-friendly city and wants to get there as fast as possible.
We are you. And we work for you – and with you – to make Auckland better for everyone who rides a bike.
Meet the crew at the heart of Bike Auckland’s daily enterprise
Barbara Cuthbert – Chair and Spokesperson
Barbara is our Chief Enthusiasm Officer. She has a strong background in urban planning, and works with her structural engineer husband in their planning and engineering consultancy.
‘Leading Bike Auckland is a privilege, as we have such a skilled and dedicated team and an inspirational goal to fulfill.
My role opens up Auckland to me and my bike, and puts me in touch with the huge groundswell of popular support for cycling and the desire of so many Aucklanders to transform our city into a place where riding a bike is valued, safe and easy for all ages.’
Ben is an everyday cyclist who loves getting around on his electric bike or his Christiania cargo trike. A commercial lawyer by trade, he’s also a keen part of Bike Devonport. ‘Cycling is a great way to get around Auckland and could be even better.’
Paul is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience in the telecommunications and technology industry, and a small business owner.
Paula Luijken – Secretary
Paula is an everyday commuter cyclist on her most favourite green Dutch-style bike – although her other bikes are loved, too. Spending time in London and Amsterdam rekindled for her the childhood excitement of being on a bike, and she saw how great cities could be when space is made for people using all modes of transport: not anti-car, but pro-having-other-options! As a key member of Bike Onehunga as well as our secretary, Paula is enjoying being part of the change that help makes riding a bike a safer reality for Aucklanders.
Max is a transport engineer who has been our ‘infrastructure guru’ for eight years. ‘As an everyday cyclist since my school days in Germany, I am keen on seeing Auckland become more friendly to this marvellous form of transport – one new cycleway at a time.’ (Note: if you’ve ever traveled on the hot pink Lightpath, thank Max – that’s his baby!)
Jane looks after Bike Auckland’s growing membership – when she’s not off cycle touring in New Zealand and overseas. A former architect who worked in the “illth” sector (designing in hospitals), she now enjoys working in this real health sector.
Steve Southall – North Shore Liaison
Steve has ten years experience as an IT consultant, and is a former transport engineer. Everything on two wheels – whether motorised or not – is his passion. Steve is also a mover and shaker in Bike Kaipatiki, representing the interests of people on the western North Shore who like to bike.
Richard is the Cycling Action Network (CAN) Manager for the award-winning Share the Road Campaign. He runs workshops that put heavy vehicle drivers on bikes and cyclists into trucks or buses, so they ‘get’ each other’s on-road experience. Richard has a special interest in making Puketapapa/Mt Roskill an active transport haven for residents and commuters, and was the spark behind the iconic Roskill Safe Streets.
Jolisa grew up biking to school in Papatoetoe, and has lived and biked in Christchurch, Tokyo, New York City, and New Haven, CT. With a background in advocacy and literature, she helps direct strategy and covers Bike Auckland’s big stories.
Olivia Lynch – Events and Partnerships Manager
Olivia is Bike Auckland’s specialist in community development, partnerships and events, with over 10 years experience across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In her previous role at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative in New York, she activated and transformed the Brooklyn Waterfront by bringing together thousands of people to ride, walk, run and play along 45km of bike trails and parks.
Anja Vroegop – Community Activation Manager/ Bike Burbs Coordinator
Anja is our community connector with more than 6 years experience in behaviour change and community development. Anja joins us (after a hiatus in Laos) from the Auckland Transport walking and cycling team where she brought us the likes of Dinner by Bike, bike parking at events, urban cycle skills courses, and Pecha Kucha cycling editions. Anja is helping us develop and grow the Bike Burbs Programme across Auckland.