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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Bike the Bridge 2016 – counting down the days

Bike the Bridge 2016 - counting down the daysIt’s snuck up on us again – the annual opportunity to bike across the Auckland Harbour Bridge for fun and fundraising. There are only 4000 places available – and luckily there are still a few left! Last year’s event sold out in the last few days, so if haven’t committed yet, now is the time. NB for last-minute entries, you’ll need to book by 8pm Friday evening, and pick up your race tickets Friday afternoon or Saturday at Smales Farm on the North Shore. All the details you need are here on the official website. Here’s the quick version When Sunday 13 November 2016 Where and what time  That depends! There are four …
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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 bicycle made for 3. Being able to pedal the kids and myself to school and work, almost exclusively on bike tracks and without doing myself an injury, is life changing. They love it, I love it, the roads have one less car and we all arrive happy and invigorated. We have a 4km commute to school …
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Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!

Un petit Tour de Waterview – come one, come all!Allons-y, which is French for ‘on your bike!’ A tiny, slow-paced Tour De France is coming to Waterview, on Saturday 15th October 2016 @ 10am. The ‘Tour de Waterview’ is the brainchild of the lovable Waterview Coffee Project, which operates out of a colourful container on Daventry St and is the caffeinated glue that holds the neighbourhood together. If you’re a local, you’ll be in like Flynn. If you’re not, come and visit this sweet little ‘hood keeping it real in the shadow of New Zealand’s biggest motorway project. Waterview is easily accessible via the NW cycleway – exit the cycleway at Great North Rd beside the overbridge onto the east/city …
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What’s the buzz? A bee-themed bike ride!

What's the buzz? A bee-themed bike ride!All aboard a sweet honey of an adventure, buzzing around on bikes visiting bee-friendly spaces and doing what we can to make sure bees feel at home in our city. Fun activities for everyone, including music, face painting, tree planting and much more. Prizes for the best dressed bee and flower on the day! You can join in at any stage of the ride, and all ages and abilities welcome. Scroll down to see the map – note that off-road cycleways form a large part of the route. Here’s the programme for the day; you can ask questions and find more info over on the event page: 9.00am Victoria Park: Blessing + Welcome …
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Learn2Ride Onepoto – holiday lessons for kids

Learn2Ride Onepoto - holiday lessons for kidsGot little kids just mastering the art of two wheels? Need a bit of back-up and encouragement these holidays? Check out the Bubs on Bikes Learn2Ride sessions at Onepoto Domain on the North Shore, from 10 – 12 noon on Thursdays 29 September and 6 October.  At these free drop-in sessions, qualified (and very kind!) instructors from Auckland Transport work alongside parents to help kids get riding. Whether they’re just starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals, the team is there to help. If your child doesn’t yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available to borrow on a limited basis. …
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Wheelin’ Wednesdays on the Wharf – holiday Learn2Ride sessions

Wheelin' Wednesdays on the Wharf - holiday Learn2Ride sessionsAuckland Transport’s ‘Bubs on Bikes’ crew is teaming up with Workshops on the Wharf to bring you Wheelin’ Wednesdays, a special school holiday #Learn2Ride session, at Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter on Wednesdays 28 September & 5 October. Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way check out our #Learn2Ride sessions. Qualified instructors work alongside parents to get kids riding, whether they are starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals. If your child doesn’t yet have …
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Learn2Ride in Avondale these school holidays

Learn2Ride in Avondale these school holidaysGood news for the holidays – weather permitting! Bubs on Bikes will bring their fabulous Learn2Ride programme to Avondale on both Tuesdays in the school holidays. They’ll be located at the kids’ bike park in the Avondale Central Reserve (tucked away behind the shops and the big spider, next to the racecourse). These are free drop-in sessions. Parents, stick around and BYO bikes – or if your child doesn’t yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis. Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a …
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The kids are all right… cycling on the footpath?

The kids are all right... cycling on the footpath?With voting very much in the news at the moment, an article caught our eye over the weekend… not about Brexit – about those who aren’t old enough to vote yet, but who have strong opinions and equally important rights. According to a new study by Erica Hinckson of  AUT, reported in the Sunday Star-Times, kids much prefer getting to school under their own steam: 96% of the kids Erica spoke to in focus groups were adamant on this point. Biking, walking, scootering – they really really want to be out in the fresh air, doing their thing independently, traveling actively with friends or with family. Instead, 55% are delivered to school …
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Queen’s Birthday Night Ride!

Queen's Birthday Night Ride!Her majesty’s loyal subjects in Onehunga, Mangere, and Mangere Bridge are collaborating on an exciting family-friendly night right for the Friday of Queen’s Birthday Weekend – in the tradition of the Triple Teez Matariki rides, because it’s that time of year too. Wrap up warm, light up your bikes and join the fun! When: Friday 3 June, from 5.30pm Where: Ride starts at Mangere Community House, 141 Robertson Rd. Route: See below, via Paula from Bike Onehunga. Any questions? Ask below or on the FB event page. Meet at the garage of Mangere Community House (Robertson Rd), or join in along the way. We will go down Robertson Rd > Walmsley > Mahunga, follow …
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School holiday rides for big and small

School holiday rides for big and smallYay, it’s the school holidays! Wait, how is it the holidays already? Still feels like a long summer… which is great, because that means the sunny biking weather continues. As always, check out our handy lists of places to ride with little kids, family-friendly local riding routes, and maps to help you navigate around town and further afield. And here are some bike-related holiday activities we know about. Any others on the radar? Tell us in the comments below! Bubs on Bikes holiday sessions, in three handy locations These sessions are free, and aimed at younger kids who are just learning to ride or mastering the art of doing without training wheels. No need to book, …
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Ecowest Fest Ride #3: Twin Streams to Henderson

Ecowest Fest Ride #3: Twin Streams to HendersonTwin Streams to Henderson is the third in a series of great local rides by the Bike Te Atatu Crew – a cycleway adventure from Te Atatu Peninsula to Henderson and back. It’s a family-friendly, safe and easy ride, designed to give you an idea of the places you can go without having to mix it up with cars. When: Sunday 10 April Meet: 10 am Where: Harbourview-Orangihina Reserve, aka Harbourview People’s Park, on Te Atatu Peninsula. Gather at the carpark opposite the Gloria Ave Roundabout The ride will make two great stops along the way, before returning along the same route: the renowned Tui Glen Reserve Playground, and the Corban Estate Arts Centre in the …
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Open Streets K’ Rd – Come and play Bike & Seek with us!

Open Streets K' Rd – Come and play Bike & Seek with us!Open Streets is back, and this time it’s uptown! On Sunday May 1st, K’Rd will be closed to traffic from Queen St to Ponsonby Road from noon to 7pm, so that the people of Auckland can come out to play in their city. Check out the event page for details of all the activities on offer. What better way to celebrate glorious May Day – and the last day of the school holidays? After the wild success of our Bike Gang Challenge and photo booth last year, we thought Bike Auckland better have another fun and family-friendly competition to celebrate… and to show you some of the new spaces you can discover on a bike since this time …
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Go east, young man! A father-son bike (and ferry, and train) adventure

Go east, young man! A father-son bike (and ferry, and train) adventureTim White, from the legendary T White’s Bikes, took a Sunday ride with his son, featuring not one but three modes of transport. As you’ll see, with the right spirit, even a wee bike malfunction can be part of the fun…  Nice weekend weather had my co-pilot and I itching to break free on our two-wheeled freedom machine, so we packed up and headed toward East Auckland. Combining a ferry, train and some stops at playgrounds, this ride would be great for any parent looking for a weekend adventure with their little person. This is our total travel map from the ride on Strava. We took the ferry from Devonport to Britomart to begin …
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A ‘Good Friding’ Night Ride with Mr Tee

A 'Good Friding' Night Ride with Mr TeeThe excellent Teau Aiturau and the Triple Teez are running two great bike events over Easter. First up is a special Good Friday version of their famously fun light-up-the-night rides. The Good Friding ride is a safe, guided, family-friendly night-time ride around Mangere, hunting for Easter eggs on a bike. So get your bike into gear, put some lights on, and come along. Where and when: meet at 7pm, Mangere Community House, 141 Robertson Rd. Get into the spirit: there are prizes for the best bike and costume! Any questions? Contact Mr Tee on 0223 605 748 Don’t be an egg – do join the egg hunt on wheels! (And then come …
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