Bike to Football scores a goal at Seddon Fields

Bike to Football scores a goal at Seddon FieldsAnyone who travels along Meola Road knows to beware Saturdays in soccer season. That’s because every weekend, the busy and popular Seddon Fields fill up with kids and parents who’ve come from far and wide – as well as from quite nearby. And, because almost everyone arrives by car, the road fills up with parked cars, overflowing from the available parking spaces onto muddy berms and even on the footpath, and circulating like sharks looking for that one perfect spot. Hence Bike to Football, a local initiative aimed at calming the traffic and organised by the dads behind the Point Chev School Bike Train, Matt Fordham and Nic Rowan. Inspired by the …
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Henderson-Massey Links – have your say!

Henderson-Massey Links – have your say!The Henderson-Massey Local Board is seeking feedback for their Draft Connections Plan by Wednesday 17 April 2019. The plan aims to ‘connect neighbourhoods to key destinations including public transport hubs, schools, local shops, libraries and parks in a bid to help more people ditch the car and embrace walking and cycling where possible.’ Check out the draft plan in PDF (which includes a detailed map) and add your voice in support. If you’ve only got one minute, just say YES to Question 1 to support the plan. If you have a bit more time, check out our feedback guide below – created with expert local help from one of the oldest and …
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Buy-Cycle Te Atatu: a ‘photo/shop’ contest!

Buy-Cycle Te Atatu: a 'photo/shop' contest!More people on bikes means more people stopping in – and spending up! – at local shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. We know it, the stats show it, but how to get that message across to our friends and neighbours? The punny legends of Bike Te Atatu have come up with a very clever way to showcase the value of shoppers on wheels, and celebrate the joy of shopping by bike: a photo contest called ‘Buy-Cycle Te Atatu.’ It’s easy. All you have to do is shop by bicycle in Te Atatu (Peninsula or South) in March, take a photo of your trip, upload it to social media using the …
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From the ground up: a proposal for a bikeable Onehunga

From the ground up: a proposal for a bikeable OnehungaIn a week when we’ve been thinking about how kids get to school, and the importance to kids of freedom on wheels, here’s a guest post by Nicholas Lee (cross-posted at Greater Auckland). Read on for a vision of a bikeable neighbourhood that will let more children ride to school and beyond, and open up the area for longer local trips. I began commuting by e-bike, from Onehunga to Wiri, last year, around the time my eight-year-old daughter started cycling or scooting to school with a group of neighbourhood friends, children aged 8 to 10, without adult supervision. For me, cycling is a personal action towards reducing greenhouse emissions. For my …
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A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?

A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road earlier this year, members of neighbourhood bike burb Bike Albany started a petition for urgent safety improvements. The petition drew a powerful chorus of support: 3000 signatures and the backing of the bereaved families, local schools, the local MP, and the Upper Harbour Local Board. (Read more here about the long-running push for safety on this road. In particular, the 2013 Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Oteha Valley Road recommended comprehensive upgrades to protect people walking and cycling, but has been gathering dust ever since. As always, we invite AT to reread that CMP and Bike Auckland’s January 2014 submission in support, in …
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It’s all go at the Bike Kaipatiki Pop-Up Hub!

It's all go at the Bike Kaipatiki Pop-Up Hub!As if overnight, a bike hub has popped up in the Northcote town centre. Where did it spring from? Well, back in July, Panuku and the Northcote Business Association had a thought: with the Northcote Safe Cycle Route being built right past the door, how could they actively invite more people on bikes to visit the town centre? Panuku, in turn, approached the vigorous volunteers in our local bike burb, Bike Kaipatiki, with a tempting offer. Could Bike Kaipatiki take over an empty shop front and turn it into a pop-up bike hub? Could they ever! BK has run regular bike tune-up stands at local parks and a bike market at …
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Out and about with the Burbs in Biketober – a photo story

Out and about with the Burbs in Biketober - a photo storyOne of the particular delights of Biketober – the community-created festival of springtime bike fun! – is seeing our Bike Burbs run events in their neighbourhoods and beyond. Below, we highlight a few fabulous examples to show how Auckland’s communities are getting energised around bikes. Check out the full calendar of Biketober events here. Bike Onehunga created two fun weekend rides exploring hidden features of their part of town. First came Paula’s history ride: people came from as far afield as Whangaparaoa to tour the township’s historic buildings and locations – including the spectacular Carnegie Library (now a cafe) and the impressive blockhouse in Jellicoe Park. The following weekend, Mike led an adventure …
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