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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Hey, far Westies – join Bike Kumeunity!

Hey, far Westies – join Bike Kumeunity!We featured the wonderfully-named Bike Kumeunity when they first popped up – one of our most far flung Bike Burbs (and also one of our most creative, thanks to a membership overlap with the equally delightfully named Kumeu Knitty). Rolling into spring and summer, they’re looking to invite more locals along for the ride. It’s a great time to get involved: with the SH16 project happening (now includes shared path, thanks to Bike Auckland making the case!) and lots more to come. Here’s what coordinator Christine Rose has to say: Kumeu and districts offer beautiful bike riding opportunities, whether you want to cycle to work, the shop or school, in everyday clothes …
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A new ‘building bike burb’ – SugarTree Cyclists

A new 'building bike burb' – SugarTree CyclistsAuckland has always been a ‘city of villages’, highly walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods, each with its own character. So it’s no surprise that all over Auckland, local bike groups are springing up – some dedicated to particular activities, and others devoted to fostering local connections and fun, in the strong tradition of ‘Bike Burbs‘ like the Puketapapa Active Transport Haven, Bike Devonport,Bike Te Atatu, and Bike Kaipatiki, just to give a few examples. Meanwhile, the residential population of Auckland’s CBD has risen eight-fold in the last two decades – and each new apartment development is practically a village unto itself (with many already building bikes into the picture). So it was only a matter …
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Bike to the Future – for Grey Lynn and beyond!

Bike to the Future - for Grey Lynn and beyond!Bike to the Future on Saturday 17th February at 10am is a community ride around Grey Lynn organized by our friends at Generation Zero. The idea is to showcase the huge local potential once the safe bike routes are completed – by giving people a chance to experience the routes as they currently are, winding past the schools and shops, and to imagine them as they might be. It’s the perfect chance to show that there are lots of very real people and families, in this neighbourhood and neighborhoods like it, who just want greener ways to travel, safer streets, and better connected biking for all of our communities. And it’s …
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Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 November

Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 NovemberTwo of Auckland’s staunchest bike burb groups are launching into summer with local festivities on the same day. We love their get up and go! Out west, Bike Te Atatu is running a Biketastic event as part of the Te Atatu Spring Festival, from 10-2 at the community centre on the peninsula. Featuring: bike repair with Flying Fix a heritage bike display by Shane the Bicycle Chap e-bike test rides thanks to Velocity Bikes bike decorating local bike info They’ll also be collecting donated bikes to pass on to the EcoMatters Bike Hub for fixing up and rehoming. And, weather depending, there’s a slow roll group ride at 2pm. More …
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