First Bike Brekkie of 2017!

First Bike Brekkie of 2017!Happy New Year! Wake up and smell the Bike Breakfast, at our great regular venue, on the usual first Thursday of the month. This is a friendly gathering of bike-minded folks, and a great way to get a handle on how bike advocacy works in Auckland. Where UPDATED VENUE! Gloria Jean’s Coffee, on Lorne St at Khartoum Place (that’s the one with the waterfall and the Suffrage Memorial mural). When 7.30 till 9-ish What News, views, goss about the bike life, the impending plans for new bike facilities, and upcoming events. Who You, and anyone who’s keen to talk bikes. All welcome – you don’t even have to arrive on a bike. See you …
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Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways – have your say!

Otara-Papatoetoe-Manukau Greenways - have your say!Now that the Local Path Design Guide is out in the wild, it’s going to be exciting to see what the Local Boards of with it. First out of the gate is the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Draft Greenways Plan, with some seriously ambitious long-term visioneering. Having grown up biking in this part of town, I love the way the Local Board is embracing the huge potential. These burbs are nice and flat, with heaps of parks and green spaces and alleyways that can be hooked together via quiet streets and protected cycleways. I’d love to see the kids of the future roaming as freely as my siblings and I did – on foot and on bikes, from shops to parks …
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Vintage bike style – join the fashion parade!

Vintage bike style - join the fashion parade!If you loved dressing up for the inaugural Sunday Best Ride last October, here’s a second chance to bust out your glad rags and cute bike. Come along to Aotea Square this Saturday where, as part of the fabulous Vintage Weekend, Frocks on Bikes is partnering with Auckland Live and Glory Days Magazine to run a Best-Dressed Vintage Bike and Rider contest. You’ll need to be there by 1.15 at the latest to register (sign up beside the main stage), and then form an orderly queue for a parade of sartorial perfection! The winners are chosen by popular acclaim, so be sure to bring a bunch of friends. NB the bike itself doesn’t …
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February is Bike Month – join the Auckland Bike Challenge!

February is Bike Month – join the Auckland Bike Challenge!Every February, National Bike to Work Day rolls around (this year, that day is Wednesday 10 February). You know – the one day in Feb when the weather inevitably refuses to play along, which makes us all the more grateful for the welcome tent with the free coffee and muffins. We can be heroes, just for one day! But wait! Now we get the whole month. That’s right – all of February is about adding bike fun and convenience to your daily life, thanks to the Auckland Bike Challenge, brought to you by Love to Ride. Last year, their inaugural bike-to-work challenge got things rolling by encouraging workplace teams to rack up as many miles as they could. The fabulously named …
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Spokes Ladies February Ride to the beach!

Spokes Ladies February Ride to the beach!Did you see Jessica Rose and co in the paper on the weekend, in this great article about the rise and rise of women’s bike groups? Wishing you too could be part of a lady bike gang? Or just try it and see if you like it? You can! Come along to one of the super-friendly Spokes Ladies rides on the first Wednesday of every month. The first Wednesday of this month is Wednesday 1st Feb 2017, and here’s the plan: 6pm Meet at entrance to St Kevins Arcade (191 -197 Karangahape Road). Please be prompt this time, ‘cos there’s a ferry in the picture! 6.05pm Group ride to the Ferry …
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Bike Breakfast – February Bike Challenge edition!

Bike Breakfast – February Bike Challenge edition!At last, summer feels like it has finally arrived – and just in time, with two holiday weekends in a row and heaps of reasons to get out on two wheels. Especially if you’re taking part in the Auckland Bike Challenge over February. Bike Breakfast offers an extra incentive to get Thursday’s ride in by combining it with breakfast and a group of friendly, keen people who like bikes. There is no formal meeting, you don’t have to arrive on time, nor do you have to stay for the end. Just show up if you feel like it. Thursday 2nd February 2017 7:30am till 9-ish  As usual, we’re meeting at Scarecrow Kitchen, on the corner of …
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Sandringham Road Ext – How much is too much?

Sandringham Road Ext - How much is too much?The Puketatapa Local Board is proposing to add cycle facilities to Sandringham Road Extension – that’s the southernmost bit of Sandringham Road between Walmsley Park / War Memorial Park at the north end, and Stoddard Road at the south end. At the north, you have the lovely park Greenways that Puketapapa is known for – and at the southern end, you have the Ernie Pinches walking and cycling overbridge leading across State Highway 20 to the cycleway along same motorway – which leads to Onehunga in the east, and to Owairaka and the Waterview Cycleway in the west. A pretty important link, both for locals wanting to ride to the …
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Bike Breakfasts are back in business! Join us this Thursday, 4 February

Bike Breakfasts are back in business! Join us this Thursday, 4 FebruaryWelcome to Bike Breakfasts 2016! It might be a new year with a new face (Duncan Laidlaw has taken over coordinating things from our dear Kirsten) and a new venue (Scarecrow Kitchen!) but it’s the same bike breakfast concept we all love. People, bikes, coffee, chat, first Thursday of every month. That means this Thursday, 4th February. If you haven’t been before, we’d love you to join us, especially if you’ve been out on two wheels over the break, and are keen to share tales of the road (good or bad). Or maybe you got a new bike from Santa and want some tips on where to ride it. Or perhaps you’ve joined the …
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Senior bike ballet seeks more riders

Senior bike ballet seeks more ridersAre you a senior ballerina, or a fly older guy on wheels? Keen to join in a coordinated performance? Seniors Dance Company is looking for more riders aged 60+ to join them in their “Bike Ballet”, to be performed at the end of April in Aotea Square and as part of the programme for the World Masters Games. “Bike Ballet” will be a fabulously fun project to be part of; a celebration of creative and active aging. You need to be 60+, have your own bike and be a confident rider. Rehearsals are on Mondays 11.30-1.30 in Mt Albert – and the first rehearsal is Monday 6th (Waitangi Day). For more information, contact Susan Jordan: susan@seniorsdance.nz or …
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A link for the loop: Upper Queen St improvements

A link for the loop: Upper Queen St improvementsHere’s a quick one. Remember about a year ago we blogged about the situation on the Upper Queen Street bridge? Kudos to Pippa Coom and the Waitemata Local Board for pursuing this issue – AT is proposing a new ‘leg’ for the crossing at Canada St. Consultation is now up and running, and closes on 8 February. The good news: this will create a more direction connection between Lightpath and Grafton Gully – which means, once the lower section of Nelson St is finished, we’ll essentially have a full loop of stress-free off-road cycleway encircling the central city. Woohoo! Here’s the consultation page. (Scroll down and click the through to the quick and easy feedback form.) And here’s a PDF of the design: upper-queen-street-canada-street-consultation-plan – see below …
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Go By Bike Day – Wednesday 8 February

Go By Bike Day – Wednesday 8 FebruaryGet on your bike this Wednesday 8 February, for Fun! Food! Freebies! Foto, er, photo booth!  This is New Zealand’s day to celebrate the joys of getting there by bike – ride to work, to school, to the shops or anywhere you need to go. For Go By Bike Day, Auckland Transport is running three pit stops on Wednesday from 7am to 9am, where you can stop off for some well-earned ‘fuel’ and catch up with other riders. There’ll be free goodies for people arriving on bikes, and photographers will be there to snap a professional photo of you and your bike for the fabulous ‘I Love My Ride’ campaign. Pit Stop Locations: Ian …
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Summer of bike love – Go By Bike Day and other upcoming events

Summer of bike love – Go By Bike Day and other upcoming eventsOh, how this glorious summer rolls on and on. It may be back to work and back to school – and bike to work, and bike to school! – but February is also packed to the gills with special events. Starting with… Go By Bike Day, next Wednesday 10 February. There’s a roving ambassador wearing this year’s theme colour, sunflower yellow, and on the day itself there’ll be free coffee + muffins at “pit stops” in 3 central locations: at the Nelson St end of the Pink Path; Karanga Plaza at Wynyard Quarter; and at the Carrington Rd/ Unitec side of the NW cycleway. Can’t make it to one of the welcome tents? Go by …
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Protected lanes on St Lukes Road – feedback now!

Protected lanes on St Lukes Road - feedback now!Auckland Transport is proposing to add protection to the bike lanes on St Lukes Road between the motorway interchange and the intersection with New North Road. This is a great leap forward which Bike Auckland, the Local Board, and AT’s new Walking & Cycling team, have long worked for. The project is being funded from a new minor safety improvement fund for cycling (a total pool of $1 million p.a.) and hopefully, the buffers will go in before the Waterview Tunnel opens around April. Consultation is now open – see the project page with the link for feedback. Closes this Friday! The quick version? We absolutely support this project. For anyone who knows St Lukes Rd – or has seen …
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A night at the movies… and a bike love-in

A night at the movies... and a bike love-inWho doesn’t love ET? You know, the nostalgic science fiction classic in which a gang of unsupervised children fly happily around the neighbourhood on bicycles… plus it’s got a cute space creature in it. Recapture the joyous feeling of blatting around the burbs on BMXs (with aliens) by rocking up on your bike to Silo Cinema’s special screening this Friday. The movie starts at 9pm, but roll up any time from 5pm. Frocks on Bikes, Bike Auckland, and the fabulous Blend Store will be there to welcome you with a bit of a bike love-in, with prizes and giveaways to sign up for. Why? Cos we love bikes, innit. The Silo Markets will also be open …
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Come and celebrate Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Kai!

Come and celebrate Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Kai!Have you been looking for an excuse to come and experience the new stretch of path in the east – the completed first stage of Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai, the first part of what will soon be a grand bicycle (and pedestrian) highway running from Glen Innes all the way into the CBD? Good news! Bike Eastern Suburbs is hosting a family day this Sunday 12 February. Gather at Columbus Cafe in Glen Innes at 10am. After a coffee, the fun begins with a ride and walk along the first stage of the path. At the top of the path at around 11.00, there’s a get-together (with prizes, to be drawn by Councillor Desley Simpson!) at the …
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