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 should be. Like Rob and Craig, Renate has more than once felt the unhappy consequences of traveling on roads dominated by cars and designed and used with little thought for people on bikes. Read on for a harrowing account of her run-ins en route to work – and her observations about what needs to change. …
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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 also home to a naturally health-conscious workforce, several of whom make a point of biking to work – while many more would, if it felt safer to do so. Anaesthetist Rob Burrell is one who counts himself lucky to bike to Middlemore, despite the lack of decent infrastructure. He shares his commute with us in a guest post, below. …
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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 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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