Hello from Bike Auckland’s new kid!

Hello from Bike Auckland's new kid!I didn’t anticipate having an exciting answer for the question: “How was your Level 3 this time round?” In the midst of one of the weirdest years ever, I have the pleasure of being welcomed as Communications Coordinator for Bike Auckland. For a long time, I’ve seen advocacy for sustainable transport in Tāmaki Makaurau as …
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Essential Workers on Wheels 3: The News Crew

Essential Workers on Wheels 3: The News CrewEvery day, all over Auckland, essential workers set off to their workplaces by bike. We’re keen to shine a light on their experiences, what’s different under Level 4 besides a lot less traffic on the road, and their thoughts on the road ahead. This week, we talk to three great guys who help make the …
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Essential Workers on Wheels 1: The Health Professionals

Essential Workers on Wheels 1: The Health ProfessionalsEvery day, all over Auckland, essential workers set off to their workplaces by bike. With New Zealand now operating at Level 4 lockdown, we’re keen to shine a light on their experiences, and their thoughts on the way ahead. Today, we focus on five people whose job it is to keep us healthy. (Plus: here’s …
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Essential Workers on Wheels 2: A GP in the City

Essential Workers on Wheels 2: A GP in the CityWe’re shining a light on essential workers who get there by bike – with New Zealand now operating at Level 4 lockdown, we’re keen to hear how they’re doing, and their thoughts on the way ahead. A lot of health professionals bike to work (meet some of them here). Often it’s because, like GP Peter …
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Being part of the solution: one commuter’s tale

Being part of the solution: one commuter's taleWe always welcome your stories of the bike life in Auckland. Here, Bike Auckland member and regular rider Rik Bruce – who recently hit the news when he captured some horrific red-light running – tells the story of his everyday bike commute, why he prefers to pedal for his 60km round trip to work, and …
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Auckland’s first bicycle ride: 150 years ago today!

Auckland's first bicycle ride: 150 years ago today!Once upon a time – a century and a half ago, in fact – Auckland’s first bicycle ride took place, setting in motion a social and transport revolution that continues to this day. To celebrate this anniversary, we’ve made a timeline of some key highlights of Auckland’s first 150 years on bikes. Of course we know …
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Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond Trauma

Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond TraumaThis powerful guest post by Emma McInnes of Women in Urbanism delves into a difficult topic: the lingering trauma from even a minor bike crash. Like previous first-person posts on the subject, we hope it strikes a chord – and inspires an even louder call for safer streets. My first bike crash in central Auckland happened on Symonds Street. …
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Cycling Without Age Pt Chev – a joyful update

Cycling Without Age Pt Chev - a joyful updateCycling Without Age is a wonderful worldwide initiative that began in Denmark and has been taking root in Aotearoa. It offers older folk a chance to enjoy the wind in their hair, thanks to electrified trishaws powered by volunteer pilots. CWOA began blossoming in Auckland in 2017, at retirement villages on the North Shore, and in early …
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A regular rider on a year of regular riding

A regular rider on a year of regular ridingWe love real stories of everyday bike life! So when we saw Pshem’s delightful string of tweets looking back on his first year of regular cycling for transport around Te Atatu peninsula and to work in the city, we asked if he’d be keen to share them as a guest blog with a few choice photos. …
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A T-shirt and a blast from the past: the Auckland Bicycle Association

A T-shirt and a blast from the past: the Auckland Bicycle AssociationOut of the blue came a photo, and a request. Theo Brandt had discovered a snap from the early 1980s of himself wearing a bike advocacy T-shirt. Theo’s question: if he could find a way to replicate this rad design, would we be able to help him get a fresh version printed up? Little did we …
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How the Dutch do it – a Q & A with the Bruntletts

How the Dutch do it – a Q & A with the BruntlettsCanadian couple Melissa and Chris Bruntlett have carved out a unique position in the conversation around bikes and cities, with their family-friendly focus, clear language, and a clever eye for a persuasive image. Based in Vancouver, their research consultancy Modacity – which grew out of an experiment in ditching the family car in favour of a combo of …
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How one woman is turning Kiwis on to Euro-style cycling

How one woman is turning Kiwis on to Euro-style cyclingThe $67 billion global cycling industry has ubiquitous brands such as Taiwan’s Giant, which employs 11,000 people and has annual revenues circa $2.6 billion. But it also has plenty of entrepreneurs making waves at a local level. One such is Kiwi Emma Jonsson, a one-woman hive of energy whose mission it is to introduce New …
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Cycling to Middlemore – a health hazard?

Cycling to Middlemore - a health hazard?A recent guest post by Dr Rob Burrell struck a real chord. It was about the irony of how dangerous it is to bike to one of Auckland’s biggest hospitals – despite cycling being one of the healthiest commutes there is. Now, Rob’s anaesthetist colleague Dr Craig Birch follows up with his own story of how …
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You are here: everyday landmarks

You are here: everyday landmarksA joyful day! A new story from our resident teller of tales, Simon Vincent (search for ‘Simon’s stories’ to find more).  “I often find things catch my eye when I’m riding – sometimes it is because they are unusual or unexpected, but in this case it is things that I notice often and that stay …
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Through Danish eyes: biking in Auckland

Through Danish eyes: biking in AucklandA guest post by Christina Bengtson, who grew up in Denmark, now lives in Westmere, and took part with her family in the recent Bike to the Future ride in support of neighbourhood bikeways. Christina explains how bike life in Auckland is steadily evolving to be a wee bit more Scandinavian… For me, cycling is a bit like …
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