EEK! Why does EECA have an e-bike blind spot?

EEK! Why does EECA have an e-bike blind spot?This is a guest post by micromobility expert Oliver Bruce, who asks: why does the government fund for innovation in electric vehicles continue to have an e-bike-sized blind spot? A government grant programme aimed at reducing transport emissions by encouraging innovation in the uptake and use of electric vehicles has been running since 2017. So far, e-bikes haven’t been included under under the funding umbrella, but it’s long been hinted that would change. However, the funding criteria for the coming year have just been released – and e-bikes (as vehicles) aren’t included. Only bike storage/parking is eligible for the fund. Which makes no sense, because lack of parking isn’t the main barrier …
Comments 4

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. Enjoy! It’s been a year since I’ve started biking to work, and this is a summary of my thoughts and observations. I work in Newmarket and live in Te Atatu Peninsula. My one way trip is about 17.5km and it takes me about 35-40 mins. I cycle every workday. I consider myself lucky – the …
Comment 1

Onzo gets an upgrade – and it’s all good

Onzo gets an upgrade – and it’s all goodSeen fresh, bright bursts of kowhai rolling around in Auckland or Wellington? It’s the new-look Onzo fleet, with some welcome upgrades to keep up to speed with our changing streets. Our intrepid correspondent Sam Finnemore takes a look at what’s changed… Time moves fast and active transport moves faster! Hard to believe it’s less than two years since Onzo launched its dockless bikeshare service in Auckland, to mixed excitement and controversy. We aired our thoughts at the time, as did others. Overall, the bikes got a green light from users (albeit the small size was a bit of an issue for taller riders) and from Auckland Council (after some initial …
Comment 1

Happy trail(er)s – a bike cargo solution

Happy trail(er)s – a bike cargo solutionA guest post by Christina Bengtson: Last year I had the bright idea of buying a cargo trailer and doing my shopping with that instead of using the car. The underlying reasoning was that we didn’t want to buy a second car, I was keen on the extra exercise, and we felt it fitted into our lifestyle, trying to minimise our carbon footprint. We are a family of 5: three kids, my husband and myself, with one car, five bikes – and now a cargo trailer. I think we’re the only one-car household in our street; it’s definitely not ‘normal’. Because we run our own business from home, business use …
Comments 4

AT hits pause on public bike share – who wins, who loses?

AT hits pause on public bike share – who wins, who loses?It’s been a big week for transport announcements in Auckland, so one recent announcement in mid-April snuck in under the radar: AT’s decision to put its plans for publicly-run bike share on hold. Looks like a win for one company at least – but is it a win for Auckland? HEY THERE! ARE YOU TRYING TO CONTACT ONZO BIKES? They are a private company and nothing to do with Bike Auckland. Please call OnzO directly on 0800 646 696 or get in touch with them via their email or their Facebook page. Thanks! Auckland Transport announced last week that they’ve decided to pause plans to invest in bike share as a result of ‘the …
Comments 0

Cycling Without Age comes to Point Chevalier

Cycling Without Age comes to Point ChevalierOne of our most popular posts of all time was about the arrival in Auckland of Cycling Without Age, an international movement that connects volunteer ‘pilots’ with retirement villages, bringing together younger cyclists and elderly people through the love of cycling. Using an electric bike-trishaw, CWOA allows less-mobile residents to enjoy fresh air while exploring the neighbourhood, reactivating memories of childhood bike adventures, and creating new friendships. So far, Auckland’s sole CWOA outpost has been in Browns Bay on the North Shore. Now, Greer Rasmussen is bringing Cycling Without Age to Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier, and will be launching it at a Bike Carnival in the village on Sunday March …
Comments 0

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, …
Comments 3