Who We Are
We are you! Bike Auckland is a positive, unstoppable force thanks to our hundreds of members and thousands of friends who know us in real life and keep the conversation going online. You give us the strength, support and scope to advocate on behalf of all Aucklanders on bikes, and we love you for it.
At the heart of the whole enterprise is our tireless committee and fearless leader. Meet the crew:
Barbara Cuthbert – Chair and Spokesperson
Barbara is our Chief Enthusiasm Officer and the first point of contact for most questions to Bike Auckland.
She works with her structural engineer husband in their planning and engineering consultancy, where she developed specialties in mediation, quarry development and heritage building conservation.
Barb was introduced to cycling advocacy when she was preparing a resource consent application to rebuild, upgrade and extend a coastal boardwalk. Advice from Cycle Action Auckland (as it was then called) allowed her to widen the boardwalk so it could be a vital community transport and recreation facility, and showed her the power of the bicycle to connect and engage communities.
‘Leading Bike Auckland is a privilege, as we have such a skilled and dedicated team, and an inspirational goal to fulfill,’ says Barb. ‘It opens 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 residents to transform Auckland into a city where cycling is valued, safe and easy for all ages.’
‘Riding my bike is a daily joy, as a means of transport – connecting via ferries from my Devonport and Waiheke homes, or trains to reach meetings across Auckland – or just zipping around local shops and cafes. It allows me to tour the edges of our city in the weekends and spend my holidays riding the expanding network of NZ Cycle Trails with friends. Pure bliss!’
Paul is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years experience in the telecommunications and technology industry, and a small business owner.
Jolisa grew up biking to school in Papatoetoe, and has lived and biked in Christchurch, Tokyo, New York City, and New Haven, CT. When not working on bikes, she works on books. These days she mostly gets around on a great green e-bike machine (and has a couple of spare bicycles for other occasions).
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.
Jessica is an urban commuter and has several bikes for both recreation and getting around town. Her passion lies with advocating for safer streets to encourage more women to include biking in their travel tool kit. With Jessica’s 8+ years in event management, we’re in safe hands when it comes to celebrating our successes. The city’s in great hands with Jess a newly elected representative on the Albert-Eden Local Board.
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.
Ben is a 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.’
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 project.