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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Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport – Sunday 19 November

Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport - Sunday 19 NovemberLocal bike fun to kick off summer! On the same day Bike Te Atatu is running its Biketastic event, the Bike Devonport crew will be gearing up for their annual Bike to the Beach. All welcome. Meet at Windsor Reserve in Devonport at 11am on Sunday 19 November for a slow, family-friendly group ride over to Narrow Neck Beach, where there’ll be a sausage sizzle and kid-friendly fun and games. Bike Devonport is always looking for volunteers to help make the fun happen – if you’re keen, get in touch! More info on the Facebook event page.
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AT’s new Community Bike Fund – get into it!

AT's new Community Bike Fund - get into it!Some great news, especially for our Bike Burbs and other local heroes out there getting stuff done: Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling department has opened up a special funding pool to encourage community bike events. As AT’s Walking, Cycling, and Road Safety manager Kathryn King said, ‘Many community organisations have great ideas to get more people on their bikes, and we are keen to work with them to deliver some creative projects that encourage more people to ride bikes more often.’ Wellington has a similar fund which has achieved fantastic things, so we’re overjoyed to see something similar here and hope this one-year trial grows to represent the vast range …
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Talking to Local Boards 101: a timely workshop

Talking to Local Boards 101: a timely workshopYou probably have ideas about how Auckland should spend your rates. And, as a local, you probably have smart ideas about clever projects in your neighbourhood that would make life better for people on bikes (or on foot). Well, good news: it’s budget time – which means consultation is now open for your thoughts on the city’s budgets and priorities over the next three years. And your Local Board could use your help identifying possible projects. So how do you get the ball rolling – especially if you’ve never approached a Local Board before? Bike Auckland to the rescue! We’re running a Bike Burb Hui that will take you through the ins and outs of making a submission – and most importantly, …
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Busy Burbs – a Bike Devonport report

Busy Burbs - a Bike Devonport reportWhile Bike Auckland cracks on with the big picture strategy, helping pull together and promote a citywide vision, we’re delighted to report that strong local groups are hard at work articulating what needs to happen on the ground. Bike Devonport is one of the longest-running, strongest, and most dedicated of the city’s Bike Burbs – not to mention creative: check out their fantastic Bike to Soccer project. They run a Facebook page and have a fabulous master plan which sets the standard for local engagement with city planners. If you’re a Shore person, you may have seen them at local events or joined their annual Bike to the Beach ride (pictured in the header photo). They also host a semi-regular bike …
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Greenways for Huapai-Kumeu – have your say

Greenways for Huapai-Kumeu - have your sayBike Kumeunity was formed to encourage the residents of Huapai and Kumeu to consider cycling as an everyday form of transport, to get to the shops, the library, the Arts Centre, as well as riding around the quiet country roads in our lovely neighbourhood. One of the biggest current challenges is to find safe cycling routes within and between the twin towns of Huapai and Kumeu, divided as they are by the increasingly busy state highway. It turns out that SH16 is the sole responsibility of NZTA, while the other roads in the two towns and the surrounding countryside are the responsibility of Auckland Transport. We see the Draft Greenways Network plan currently …
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Bike Kumeunity – does what it says on the tin!

Bike Kumeunity - does what it says on the tin!They’ve got the best name and an impressive membership already. Meet the newly formed ‘Bike Kumeunity’… The small semi-rural district of Kumeu on the northwest edge of Auckland is composed of several small villages just a few kilometres apart from each other – highly scenic, relatively flat, and closely connected, at first glance it’s perfect for bike riding for fitness, transport and fun. But those who currently cycle within and between the villages put their lives in others’ hands. The towns are bisected by busy state highways, and cyclists need not so much legs of steel, but nerves of iron to ride among the tens of thousands of cars and heavy trucks …
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Space: the final frontier – how bikes free up room in cities

Space: the final frontier - how bikes free up room in citiesSome social media posts from our North Shore cohort caught our eye over the last couple of days. First, Chris Werry of Bike Devonport noticed yesterday morning that the bike racks at the ferry terminal were really, really full. So he counted the bikes: 94 of them. How many parking spaces would that have taken if each of those people had arrived in a car, he wondered? Well yes, 94 parking spaces. But what would that look like in practice? Here’s Chris’s graphic illustration of the sheer amount of prime waterfront space taken up by vehicles, versus the sheer amount of space saved when those vehicles are bikes. Two wheels good, four wheels… well, …
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A ‘Good Friding’ Night Ride with Mr Tee

A 'Good Friding' Night Ride with Mr TeeThe excellent Teau Aiturau and the Triple Teez are running two great bike events over Easter. First up is a special Good Friday version of their famously fun light-up-the-night rides. The Good Friding ride is a safe, guided, family-friendly night-time ride around Mangere, hunting for Easter eggs on a bike. So get your bike into gear, put some lights on, and come along. Where and when: meet at 7pm, Mangere Community House, 141 Robertson Rd. Get into the spirit: there are prizes for the best bike and costume! Any questions? Contact Mr Tee on 0223 605 748 Don’t be an egg – do join the egg hunt on wheels! (And then come …
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An Easter Monday treat at Mangere Town Centre

An Easter Monday treat at Mangere Town CentreHop along to Mangere Town Centre on Easter Monday, to have fun on a bike. BYO wheels, or try out some of the bikes on the day (helmets also provided). This is a chance to give it a go, if you’ve been wondering about getting on (or back on) a bike – under the awesome guidance of Teau Aiturau and his fabulous helpers. When and where: 10 – 2, Monday 28 March, Mangere Town Centre carpark on Orly Ave. The festivities include: sausage sizzle free bike check by a friendly bike mechanic games and activities prizes and giveaways, including a bike to be won! Come to where the action is and say …
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To market, to market, to… meet Bike Avondale!

To market, to market, to... meet Bike Avondale!A hot tip if you’re shopping for fruit and veg (or bits and bobs) this weekend… The fabulous Avondale Sunday Markets are the place to be, and given the parking situation, biking is the way to get there. You never know what you’ll find there – but this week, we know for sure you’ll find the up and coming Bike Avondale group, cheerfully staffing a bike repair station and info tent. Earlybirds can say gidday to Kurt from around 5am (!), and Sarah from Blend and our Jessica will be pitching in until noon. They’ll have giveaways and prizes, a photo tag game, PLUS! the scoop on upcoming plans for bike paths in the area – including the New Lynn …
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Bike Kaipatiki – a shore thing!

Bike Kaipatiki – a shore thing!Where’s Kaipatiki? You may also know it as Beach Haven, Birkenhead, Chatswood, Birkdale, Northcote Peninsula, Glenfield, Hillcrest and Marlborough. This Sunday 20th March, from 10am–2pm, Bike Kaipatiki is hosting a picnic at Onepoto Domain. Come and meet like-minded folk who want to help make Kaipatiki a great place to ride a bike. Onepoto is not only a gorgeous location for a picnic, there’s a kids’ cycle track where the little ones can bike around safely to their heart’s content. There’ll be bike maintenance, giveaways of bike gear, coffee and treats. Plus, e-bike test rides! And the scoop on SeaPath, the Northcote Safe Cycle Routes and other upcoming good news in the area. How to get …
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Fix yourself a Sunday treat on Te Atatu Peninsula

Fix yourself a Sunday treat on Te Atatu PeninsulaCome hang with the cool kids on the Te Atatu Peninsula Library verandah, fix up your bike and be ready for Bike Te Atatu’s upcoming Eco-West group rides (see below). There’ll be bike maintenance help, a big fill-in bike map to cover with your ideas for a more bikeable ‘hood, plus coffee and sweet treats! When and where: Sunday 20 March, 2-4pm, at the Te Atatu Peninsula Library. This is for anyone local, but hey, if you’re in the area for the Harbourview Sculpture Trail, why not drop by to say hello and see how one of our strongest bike burb groups gets things done. More details about Sunday’s fix-it here. If you’re …
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A picnic by the lake, with Bike Albany

A picnic by the lake, with Bike AlbanyBike Albany, one of our fledgling bike burbs, aims to help make Albany awesome. The idea is to discover and share great local rides (like this one), swap stories, strengthen local voices when it comes to improving things, and generally give the bike life a bit of a boost in the hood. This Saturday, there’s a picnic at Albany Lakes. Bring your bikes, kids, food and picnic rugs. If it rains, no worries – we’ll find a cafe nearby. For details, check out the event page – and if you’re local, by all means join the Facebook group over here to be in on the chat. Picnic time: Saturday 19th March, 11am-1pm. See you there?
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Who are the people in your neighbourhood? A Bike Burb Event Round-up!

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? A Bike Burb Event Round-up!Living in a bike bubble? Feel like you’re the only person you know who rides a bike… and yet, you spot other two-wheeled folk everywhere you go? Maybe it’s time to connect with local bike-minded people. Many of the Bike Burb groups have events coming up to warm up the autumn – starting this weekend, to catch the spirit of Neighbours’ Day. No need to be shy – pop down to your local gathering and say hi. These activities are open to everyone, young or old, lycra or frock, drop or mustache handlebars, slow and steady, bunny hoppers, or hard out… in our quest for an ever more cycling-friendly Auckland, combining forces on the local level …
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