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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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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