An OnzO update – and a ride review

An OnzO update – and a ride reviewThe arrival of bikeshare in Auckland has been fascinating, with some teething problems, as we predicted. One biggie: a shortage of customer support, that led to a flurry of enquiries to us and likely to other places as well – many of them from members of the public who saw a dockless bike as an abandoned bike. The good news: OnzO now has a phone number – 0800 646 696 Please contact them about any issues.  OnzO has offered to meet with us so we can hear more about their plans, which we understand may involve a rollout of more bikes – including electric ones. We’ll keep you posted. Auckland Transport’s Walking, …
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OnzO – the new kid on the block

OnzO - the new kid on the block[Updated Wednesday 15 November] We’re told OnzO now has a contact number: 0800 646696 for any enquiries. Good to hear they’ve addressed that gap in communications! Were you left boggling last Monday to find Central Auckland flooded with black and yellow OnzO bikes? We were too! In case you haven’t been in town since Monday, we’re talking about the highly visible fleet of small, single-speed, dockless public hire bikes, parked with helmets around bike racks in the City. The @onzo_nz exhibit at @aucklandzoo pic.twitter.com/qnF25DSNj5 — Andrew W (@aw_nz) November 4, 2017 Across the week, more bikes were delivered to Devonport, where I live, and were quickly making their way up Lake Rd to …
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Cycling Without Age – the right to wind in your hair

Cycling Without Age - the right to wind in your hairI adore travelling on public transport with my bike, and chatting with fellow travellers – almost every trip sends me home with a head full of stories. On Thursday night, returning home from Bike Auckland’s committee meeting, I parked my bike amongst the others on the ferry’s stern deck and looked around for someone to chat to. I was immediately attracted to a man wearing a high-vis rain jacket with a cute little badge… I simply had to know more! What sort of pilot was he? Glen Stanton, the owner of the badge, explained he was the volunteer pilot of an electric tricycle-rickshaw owned by the Aria Retirement Home in Brown’s Bay. Twice a week, …
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Auckland to share the bikeshare love?

Auckland to share the bikeshare love?An exciting announcement today, via the Minister of Transport: Auckland Transport, with the support of NZTA, is moving forward with a feasibility study for a bikeshare scheme for central Auckland! (Christchurch is on the cards too, but naturally our eye is drawn to our city). Says AT’s Kathryn King: By the end of next year we will have completed a number of vital links for people travelling into and around the city centre by bike. This, combined with international evidence that cycle share schemes work when they are done right, mean that now is the perfect time to begin these investigations. The feasibility report is expected around the end of September, …
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Me and my e-bike: ‘I’m still laughing!’

Me and my e-bike: 'I'm still laughing!'Nic Smith has been commuting on an e-bike for a few months now, and wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s her story… The best way to illustrate what it’s like to have an e-bike is to tell you that whenever I share the experience with someone who’s never ridden one before, their response is generally ‘Holy shit!!’ and a cackle. People just laugh at how much fun it is to suddenly blast off, with just one turn of the pedals. And I’m still laughing. I’ve had my beast for nearly four months now and I still don’t take for granted the freedom, the mobility and the fun it’s given me. Six months ago …
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A bicycle built for three – how e-bikes changed one family’s commute

A bicycle built for three - how e-bikes changed one family's commuteEmma Coote got an electric cargo bike big enough to carry both kids, and it’s changed her Auckland family-commuting life. She shares her experience with us here…  This morning was the first day I have driven to work in around 2 months. I arrived with battle fatigue! Tomorrow I am most definitely back on our bicycle made for 3. Being able to pedal the kids and myself to school and work, almost exclusively on bike tracks and without doing myself an injury, is life changing. They love it, I love it, the roads have one less car and we all arrive happy and invigorated. We have a 4km commute to school …
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To limit or not – the case for and against e-bike regulation

To limit or not - the case for and against e-bike regulationNZTA is currently running a survey on what New Zealanders think about e-bikes and e-bike riders (as well as other low-powered vehicles, including Segways and hoverboards). This is partly a response to the recommendations from the Cycle Safety Panel, with government now looking at updating laws and regulations around cycling. At this stage, it’s not clear what regulations are being considered, but general discussion around the subject has homed in on potential restrictions for e-bikes, such as: maximum wattage / torque (i.e. how powerful the motor can be) maximum speed assist (i.e. if the bike is going faster than, say 25 km/h, the motor stops helping) and throttles could be banned (i.e. the motor will only assist when you …
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The Lithium-powered Space Bike

The Lithium-powered Space BikeThomas Lumley is a statistician at the University of Auckland, and co-edits the StatsChat blog. He also rides an electric bike to work most days. Here, he interviews himself about how it’s going so far. (Reposted with permission from Thomas’s Tumblr). Q: So, it’s been about 11 months since you got your fancy electric-assist bike. A: Yes, that’s right. Q: Have you given up yet? A: No, it’s still fun. Q: Even with the rain? A: Combining Doppler radar and the detailed weather forecasts has mostly kept me dry. Q: And getting killed by cars? A: So far, still at less than 1 event. Q: How do you feel about busy two-lane roundabouts? A: I …
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Power to the people – how e-bikes are becoming a thing

Power to the people - how e-bikes are becoming a thingYou might have spotted Mercury’s zippy new campaign about how wonderful e-bikes are. It’s part of a top-to-toe brand refresh for them, with a focus on new ways to think about energy, where it comes from, and what we’re using it for. The video is pretty persuasive, with a gorgeous young person biking her surfboard to the beach, flattening out the steep Auckland hills and zooming past Lycra lads as she goes… (If you recognize the various locations, try not to think too hard about how she’s sure as heck taking the long way round – it’s all about the vibe, man! There’s also a nice video of Te Radar taking to the Waikato River Trails and checking out dams, etc, on …
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Calling all folding bike fans: time for an Auckland Brompton meet-up

Calling all folding bike fans: time for an Auckland Brompton meet-upRemember Barbara Grace’s trip to London with her folding bike for the Brompton Bike Races? We’ve been spotting more and more of these clever wee bikes around town. And now comes word of a Brompton-lovers’ meet-up this weekend, out in the home of Bike Te Atatu, with two options to get involved. Check out the FB event page, or call Maurice for further details: 0274330057 NB you don’t need to have a Brompton to come along — folding bike fans of all kinds and Brompton-curious folk most warmly welcomed, whatever your current wheels! Option 1 – shorter ride/ local access Meet 2pm at Heather’s place (Vinograd Drive, Te Atatu Peninsula – call Maurice …
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Cargo bikes are go! Waterfront parade & picnic in the park this Sunday 22 November

Cargo bikes are go! Waterfront parade & picnic in the park this Sunday 22 NovemberWe’re spotting more and more cargo bikes around town, especially electrified ones, being ridden by family-types, dog-owners, and the delivery crews of Urban Sherpa and GreenWheels. Why, it’s almost as if there’s some kind of… cargo cult! And here’s your chance to join it. A bunch of cargo bike folk are organising a ride and picnic this Sunday, 22 November. Meet up at the Ferry Building (which makes it easier for those coming by sea or train), and then ride along the waterfront to the picnic destination in Victoria Park, next to the playground. BYO picnic lunch, kids, dogs, disco balls, etc. If you don’t have a cargo bike yet but just …
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New wheels for old – the Bike Market returns!

New wheels for old - the Bike Market returns!Got an old bike to sell for a song? Looking for a new or secondhand bike to buy? Or just want to trade your bike for another one? Auckland Transport’s bustling Bike Market is back, perfectly timed for Christmas shopping and summer fun. When: Sunday 22 November 2015, 9am – 2pm Where: YMCA Stadium, Greys Ave, in the city. Details below – and more info here. There’s no fee to sell a bike; just bring it along. There’ll be new bikes for sale as well as secondhand ones, and bike mechanics on hand to advise about bike style, fit, and any repairs. Also – free entry to the YMCA on the day, a BBQ/sausage …
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Black & silver power for the win!

Black & silver power for the win!Today the whole country seems to be celebrating the power of black and silver, so I’m delighted to introduce you to Gail and her gorgeous step-through shiny black Pedego Boomerang bike, aka “Black Doris”! Why yes, I am going to segue from our victorious lads in black into introducing you to some women at the top of their game when it comes to how they get around our city. (After all, the boys in black certainly know the value of a good bike ride – how did Sam Whitlock recover from the semifinal in time for the big match?). Gail lives in Devonport, works as a nanny and dog walker, and has clients all over Auckland. I …
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The Power and Beauty of Teamwork

The Power and Beauty of TeamworkOur house is full of a rare sound – crowds cheering at the All Black vs France rugby match. I’m a complete novice to rugby, but my hubbie is into popular culture. Even as a novice I can see it’s all about teamwork that makes spirits to soar and suspend.  To relieve the tension, please read my story of cycling teamwork happening here in Auckland! Yesterday I was enroute to South Auckland, Mangere, to deliver a couple of donated bikes to Mr Teau. He’s got kids cycling, fixing donated bikes and the world of fitness and fun that comes from being on a bike. While passing Bike Barn in Barry’s …
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“Here began all my dreams”: on the romance of bicycles

"Here began all my dreams": on the romance of bicyclesA guest post by writer and new bike romantic Maria Majsa On Valentine’s Day this year I didn’t get roses, I got a bike. A handsome, shiny black upright. You might think that a bike isn’t a particularly romantic gift, but I disagree. Exhibit A: If bicycles aren’t romantic, why do they keep turning up in songs? I could quote four right now, but my favourite has always been Back to the Old House: “When you cycled by, here began all my dreams.” Even as I write that line, an entire scene unfolds in my head: Suburban street. Pretty girl on a bike, hair flying. Shy lad, doomed to watch …
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