What’s the story, morning glory? On gardening, kids and biking to school

What's the story, morning glory? On gardening, kids and biking to schoolI’m currently battling some rogue convolvulus, aka ‘morning glory’, in my garden. (Bear with me, there’s a bike connection to this story!). It’s twining round the trampoline, peeking through the fence, smothering a native tree. I rip it out as fast as I can but I’m barely keeping up. This is a bit ironic, because when I lived in the northeastern United States, I used to plant it on purpose every spring. There, the snowy winters would knock it back, so it never had a chance to get out of control. Whereas, in Auckland, all bets are off. The thing about Auckland is, anything grows, given half a chance. I’m thinking about gardening because I’ve …
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Franklin, my dears: we do give a damn

Franklin, my dears: we do give a damnWe all share a love of bikes and the joy and freedom of riding around Auckland.  Cycle Action is about celebrating and evangalising this lifestyle, of course. But we’re also about the gritty grind of advocating for better street design, so that the 60% of Aucklanders who say they would ride if there was safe infrastructure can enjoy the city on bikes as well. And that sometimes has to happen one neighbourhood and one street at a time. Here’s an update on a small but very significant project for Auckland’s bikeable future: Auckland Transport’s proposed $10m upgrade of Franklin Road in Ponsonby. Best known as the city’s premier street for Christmas …
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Bikes in Schools – ride on, Tamaki Primary!

Bikes in Schools – ride on, Tamaki Primary!Bikes in Schools is a brilliant charitable trust that does exactly what it says on the tin: it puts bikes into schools, along with professionally built bike tracks and proper bike training for young riders. They’re helping rescue the “lost generation” of bike riders, one school at a time.  Cycle Action’s membership secretary Jane Admore went along to the launch of the newest school bike track in Auckland…  It was a brilliant blue day at Tamaki Primary for the launch of their brand new Bikes in Schools bike track. A swarm of pupils in golden-yellow shirts headed to the field, where they sat patiently through the ceremonies while eyeing the more than 60 shiny new bikes just …
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