Essential Workers on Wheels 1: The Health Professionals

Essential Workers on Wheels 1: The Health ProfessionalsEvery day, all over Auckland, essential workers set off to their workplaces by bike. With New Zealand now operating at Level 4 lockdown, we’re keen to shine a light on their experiences, and their thoughts on the way ahead. Today, we focus on five people whose job it is to keep us healthy. (Plus: here’s …
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Biking to, through and round Auckland Airport: what’s the plan?

Biking to, through and round Auckland Airport: what's the plan?Who wouldn’t want to zip past airport traffic jams, and park right at the gate, by getting out of the car and onto a bike? It’s an appealing thought not just for travellers, but for the many people who work around the airport. And a bunch of new developments make it way more thinkable than ever: e-bikes and …
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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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A rough ride: run-ins en route to Middlemore

A rough ride: run-ins en route to MiddlemoreRounding out our series of guest posts by Middlemore medics who bike to work is Renate Koops, a consultant in General Medicine and Diabetes. Like her colleagues Rob Burrell and Craig Birch, Renate rides because it comes naturally – she’s Dutch! – and because it’s a refreshing and healthy way to travel. Or rather, it …
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Middlemore: a healthy commute, a health conundrum

Middlemore: a healthy commute, a health conundrumMiddlemore Hospital has been much in the news lately. The health centre at the heart of the isthmus, it sits at the heart of a health-challenged community, many of whom suffer what Dr David Galler calls “the South Auckland full house, ‘a six-card hand of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and gout’.”  Middlemore is …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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! …
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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! …
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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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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