Coffee with Mayor Phil at the Top of the Hill

Coffee with Mayor Phil at the Top of the HillThe clocks have gone back… which means we’ll all have a bit of time up our sleeves on Monday morning. Time for a pit stop – with free coffee, new maps, and a visit from the Mayor! If you’re biking to the city from the west on Monday 3 April, Bike Auckland invites you to swing by our pit stop at the corner of Ian McKinnon Drive where it meets Upper Queen St. You know the place: top of the last hill on the way into the CBD, just before everyone peels off in different directions! Our special guest Mayor Phil Goff will join us on his e-bike from around 7.15am, …
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Team Xero loves to ride: a workplace challenge

Team Xero loves to ride: a workplace challengeThere’s one week left in the 2017 Love to Ride Aotearoa Bike Challenge, and Team Xero’s Auckland office has just taken the lead in their workplace size category on the Auckland leaderboard. Xero’s bike-boosting cheerleader and all-round excellent person Genny gives us the scoop: The Bike Challenge is like my own personal Tour de France that I’ve been training for all year. Encouraging people to bike is a full time obsession of mine, and I’m proud to say I’ve had a few successes over the years. I’m pretty stoked when I get a message from someone saying ‘I bought a bike – inspired by you!’ The Love to Ride challenge gives my evangelical zeal a workplace legitimacy that I exploit to …
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‘End-of-ride facilities’ = bike to work, no sweat!

'End-of-ride facilities' = bike to work, no sweat!When you survey people about making the leap into everyday riding, near the top of their list of needs, you’ll find ‘end-of-ride facilities.’ This can be as simple as a place to park a bike, through to showers and bathroom facilities to get fluffed up before hitting the office. Even with the advent of e-bikes, many of us feel conscious of being sweaty and malodorous after a ride, which can be a significant impediment to enjoying the delights of commuting by bike. The new Unitary Plan includes a very strong nudge towards providing end-of-ride facilities, and it’ll be interesting to see how these new requirements improve things for people and …
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Evening pit-stops to warm the cockles

Evening pit-stops to warm the cocklesHey, this is nice: AT is running pit stops along major bike-commute routes, to offer a bit of warmth as we roll into autumn and put the “community” into commuting. A good chance to cross paths with your local bike burbs, as well! We will have a hot drink for you, the NZ Transport Agency Share The Road photo booth, a bike mechanic, resources and the AT Ambusador. Come get your photo taken, catch up with friends and others who share your route. The pitstops are at the following places and dates, from 4.30 – 7.30pm. NW Cycleway by Unitec – Tuesday 31 May Mangere Bridge – Wednesday 1 June Devonport Wharf – …
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Running the gauntlet, from Pakuranga to Panmure (and a plea for better bike parking)

Running the gauntlet, from Pakuranga to Panmure (and a plea for better bike parking)Jo Jalfon commutes daily from the east to town, by bike and train, despite some challenges along the way. Read on to see what she and other commuters from the east are up against, including the matter of parking… I bike from Sunnyhills to Panmure Station to catch the train to work. Why bike? It’s quicker than driving to the train station, especially now that uni’s back in session. I love the freedom it affords me, and the ride over the Tamaki River and around the lagoon is scenic year-round. In fact, on Fridays when I have more time, I sometimes cycle home around the Rotary Walkway – but like most motorists, during …
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Guest Post: 10 Tips for Women New to Bike Commuting

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Women New to Bike CommutingA guest post by Camilla Needham from Beca, inspired by her experiences during the Auckland Bike Challenge in February. This is for the ladies out there. Did you know we are currently very under-represented in the urban cycling stats? Three quarters of people who cycle to work in New Zealand are men. It’s time to change these figures! Here are my tips based on my own personal journey to cycle commuting awesomeness. I hope this helps you get over the ‘can’t be bothered’, ‘too hard’, ‘I’m too busy’, ‘it’s not safe’ valley of reasons that have been holding you back until now. 1. You don’t need to cycle every day to reap the …
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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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Round, round, get around: how Aucklanders commute

Round, round, get around: how Aucklanders commuteA fascinating article in the Herald today looks at all the different ways Aucklanders get where they’re going. It’s part of the paper’s series on what would make for a “World Class Auckland”. Travel reporter Mathew Dearnaley spoke to eight people who travel during peak hours, covering distances ranging from 4.3km to an amazing 57km. Pretty much every mode of transport gets a look-in – foot, bike, car (including carpool), bus, train, and ferry… even a scooter! Aucklanders are a resourceful bunch, and we’re impressed with the careful calculations and accommodations they make to get where they need to go. They’re also smart about what would make life easier: building the CRL, electrifying all the trains, more frequent buses, more bus priority …
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Serendipity on wheels – when a commute becomes a community

Serendipity on wheels - when a commute becomes a communityWhen he took up bike commuting, Duncan Laidlaw discovered that going by bike doesn’t just have to be a method of transport – it can be a part of your social life, too. Here’s his story: When I was younger, my brother and I used to meet up with the kids over the road during school holidays. We’d cycle down to the supermarket in Karori for lunch supplies, pack our backpacks, then head off for an adventure. During secondary school, this stopped, for some reason; and the restart in university days was only for the odd trip here and there. But fast-forward 25 years from those early adventures… I now cycle 5 days …
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Why I ride – a guest post by Simon Vincent

Why I ride - a guest post by Simon VincentWe ride for a variety of reasons; convenience, health, sense of freedom, cost savings, environmental concerns and fitness, to name but a few. But the thing that keeps me riding to work every single day come rain or shine is the sheer joy I get out of my particular journey – Te Atatu Peninsula to Henderson. Each day I leave my home and my daughter waves me off at the window with a smile and a “have a lovely ride”. On my road I get to wave and greet neighbours; they seem to be finally recognising that “Ay oop” in a Lancastrian accent is friendly and no cause for concern. …
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More infrastructure = more cycling = better health

More infrastructure = more cycling = better healthNo great surprises here, but research in the United States has found a link between improved cycle infrastructure and positive health outcomes. The research specifically concentrated on the development of the Minneapolis Greenway and the effect on travelling patterns in the areas near the Greenway. The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile [8.8 km] long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis with bicycling and walking trails. It sounds very similar to the Glenn Innes – Tamaki cycleway, work on which is due to start shortly. In fact, there is a proposal in Minneapolis to build a street car (tram) line along the Greenway to cash in on the fantastic synergy between public …
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