The new family car – a cargo bike!

The new family car - a cargo bike!Cargo bikes are increasingly popular, especially for families looking for carbon-free alternatives to the second – or even first – car. Yes, even in Auckland! Reader Pete Moth shares his family’s experience. My family moved to Auckland from London in 2017, with 2 kids, aged 2 & 4 at the time. We had arranged for …
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Bike maintenance – an essential service?

Bike maintenance – an essential service?Lockdown isn’t an easy ride, and everyone is rightly making a serious concerted effort to stay local and stay home as much as possible. Under these conditions, the humble bicycle is emerging from sheds and garages as a tool for local exercise, shopping runs, and essential commutes. People are venturing out into the stress-free streets, brushing …
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Go ahead, JUMP! Electric bike-share hits the streets

Go ahead, JUMP! Electric bike-share hits the streetsPowered by ride share giant Uber, JUMP is one of several players in Auckland’s new post-Lime micro-mobility scene – but it’s first to market with e-bikes, a combination of electric zip and big-wheeled comfort. Our intrepid ride-reviewer Sam Finnemore offers a first-impressions guide to Auckland’s first dockless e-bike scheme: what’s happened, what the bikes are …
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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 …
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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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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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!!’ …
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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 …
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