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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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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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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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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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 …
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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: …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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A toast to your good ELF – the solar e-bike has landed!

A toast to your good ELF - the solar e-bike has landed!We wrote about the ELF a few weeks ago – the solar-powered electric trike, invented by the clever people at Organic Transit in Durham, North Carolina. At the time, I thought it amazing, but, y’know, possibly a bit of a wild idea, although this commuting doctor in New Haven, Connecticut, caught my eye. Now the …
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ONYA Bike – the e-bike that tells you where to be!

ONYA Bike - the e-bike that tells you where to be!Peppy is the word. Also, zippy, snappy, and really quite frisky. After the relaxed granny stylings of my first electric bike loan from eCycles, bike #2 – designed by the proprietor himself, Christian Hoff-Nielsen – was a revelation. First up, it absolutely nails the branding: ONYA Bike. “We wanted to make it Kiwi,” says Christian. “In your car, on your bike…” …
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FlyKly like the wind! A magic electric wheel, reviewed

FlyKly like the wind! A magic electric wheel, reviewedUrbane bicyclist-about-town and Bike Rave instigator Lennart Nout reviews a cunning new invention that might change the future of bikes. (NB this review is a cross-post with our mates over at TransportBlog. Because you can have too much of a good thing) Why would a (relatively) fit young man like me invest in an electric bike? Because …
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