Auckland Transport’s fund for supporting community bike activities has just announced its second round – applications are open from now until Thursday 5 April.

Applicants may apply for grants from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $5,000. (Groups with no formal legal structure can apply for a grant up to $1,000.)

You’ll find out if you’re successful by Wednesday 15 April, and projects must be delivered by 30 June 2018.

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Here’s the full policy: it’s aimed at community groups, large and small (no political parties, commercial entities; unfortunately, schools and members of the Council family aren’t eligible either).

The successful projects from the first round make for a really inspiring list, and give you an idea of the sorts of activities you can seek support for:

  • The Cycling Without Age bike carnival at the Selwyn Village retirement complex, bringing bike joy to young and old (see photo in the header and below)
  • Bike fix days on the North Shore, thanks to the ever-resourceful Bike Kaipatiki
  • A bike fun day for kids at the Waiuku Toy Library
  • Creating a ‘bike library’ at Ruapotaka Marae, so people can try bikes
  • A bike-to-train day in Meadowbank, showcasing riding to the station
  • Guided family rides and bike checks around Mt Roskill with the Sea Scouts
  • An International Women’s Day event to encourage refugee women on bikes
  • Roskill Bike Kitchen’s programme to repair and rehome bikes with local young people and former refugees
  • Ride and Refresh at the Y‘ – a new pilot programme offering free showers, lockers and bike parking at the Greys Ave YMCA for people commuting by bike into the city (launching 27 March)
  • A Biking Bee Adventure, taking people on a guided ride around bee-friendly spaces and exploring local cycleways on Saturday 14 April
  • A Pedal and Pizza Ride on Sunday 25 March, taking people on a guided ride to discover local cycleways, with EcoMatters Environment Trust and Bike Te Atatu
Cycling Without Age at Selwyn Village (Photo: Sarah Denison)

Great stuff! Remember, the fund is designed to support:

  • Community events, activities or projects.
  • Training programmes that encourage the safe use of the Auckland cycle network.
  • The development of relevant targeted community-specific information and resources.

In other words, it’s not just a what but a how – so if you have an idea for a project in your ‘hood that will help attract and support people on bikes, get your application in!  

Here’s the page – applications open until Thursday 5 April! 

Bike to Train Day at Meadowbank Station (Photo: Ross Roberts/ Bike Eastern Suburbs)
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