A guest post from Anja Vroegop of Auckland Transport reporting on the success of last Saturday’s bike market at Mt Albert.
Despite heavy rain and strong winds, plenty of people made it out to the Bike Market this weekend. The aim of the Bike Market trial was to target some barriers to cycling (55% of people report having no access to a bike and for many the cost of buying one is a barrier to trying cycling).
With the help of Tumeke Cycle Space, Bigfoot Adventures, Adventure Cycles and ChildFund, the Bike Market saw around 300 people looking to buy and sell bikes. There were a range of bikes available on the day from $30 kid’s bikes through to $400 second hand commuter bikes with some weird and wonderful bikes in between!
The bike mechanics were kept busy doing ‘pre-purchase checks’ and fitting newly bought bikes to people. Around 50 bikes were sold on the day.
Auckland Transport will evaluate the success of this event and look to run another similar Bike Market in Spring.
Thanks to Cycle Action Auckland for your support and for spreading the word!