Puzzle me this: which way to the pink path?

Puzzle me this: which way to the pink path?Several months ago we shared a wayfinding tale of woe by Neil, who tried to bike from the city home to Henderson by dead reckoning – and got dead confused. At the time, we nudged AT to address the situation for new riders, given the volume of people who are keen to try the city’s cycleways, …
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Lost and found – a wayfinding fiasco

Lost and found – a wayfinding fiascoFor experienced navigators of the city, it can be hard to remember what it was like just starting out. We get used to figuring out how to get from A to B by following the breadcrumbs, or the ant trail of other people on bikes. Once you know the way, it can be almost impossible to return to what …
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What the Dickens? A Cycling Christmas Carol

What the Dickens? A Cycling Christmas CarolOur favourite storyteller Simon Vincent has done it again, with a bike twist on a seasonal classic (and we contributed a few embellishments ourselves)… ‘Twas the day before Christmas. The sky was clear and promised another glorious day on the morrow. But Ebenezer Schrader was unhappy. He was always unhappy, but he was particularly unhappy after …
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Horsing around the world

Horsing around the worldOur favourite storyteller Simon Vincent has been around the world and back again, and returns with a bit of whimsy that he sincerely hopes doesn’t seem like flogging a dead, er, bicycle… Our family recently undertook a long haul trip to visit family and friends. The opportunity to see new or old places, catch up …
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School holiday inspiration: Greg & Neale build a tandem

School holiday inspiration: Greg & Neale build a tandemWe’re back from blog holiday! And yet still buzzing with holiday spirit and creativity and plans. So, you might have seen Bike Auckland secretary Greg Nikoloff around and about on his amazing electric bike, the ‘Orange Smoothy’. But Greg and cool bikes go way back, as he explains in this shaggy-dog story of two lads and some epic tinkering…  …
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Flocks ‘n’ Bikes – birdwatching on wheels

Flocks 'n' Bikes - birdwatching on wheels“On my bike, I get to enjoy being a part of my environment, not apart from it,” writes our favourite storyteller Simon Vincent, as he turns his commute into a flight of fancy about what his feathered friends are thinking… Opening the squeaky door of the shed (sorry, neighbours) to get my bike out of a morning, …
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How the Cycle May Be Used as a Weapon, and other handy tips

How the Cycle May Be Used as a Weapon, and other handy tipsIn the early decades of bike culture, we pretty much made up the rules as we went along. Witness this amazing article from a 1901 issue of Pearson’s Magazine, which we stumbled across on Twitter yesterday. Dangerous times indeed. It transpires that bicyclists are easier to ambush than horsemen, on account of having bicycle lights, so you …
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Why we ride – Marcus Perry on getting a taste for biking

Why we ride - Marcus Perry on getting a taste for bikingWe all ride, but we all got into riding for different reasons. Marcus Perry’s story is a tantalising tale of a wee nipper… and a wee nip. Don’t try this at home (or school!). As a kid, like many of my generation I got bikes as birthday or Christmas presents as I grew. I’d ride around …
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The Ride to Wigan Pier – a story of kids, bikes, and beer

The Ride to Wigan Pier - a story of kids, bikes, and beerA guest post by Simon Vincent, of Auckland Transport and Bike Te Atatu. As it’s a crisp, clear morning I park my bike at the jetty alongside Henderson Creek in Tui Glen Reserve and look into the water and let my mind flow with the tide. That’s one of the joys of riding a bike …
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Take a Two-Mile Tour or a Four-K Frolic – but above all, take a friend!

Take a Two-Mile Tour or a Four-K Frolic - but above all, take a friend!So many people are out there, hankering to hop on a bike! How many? Well, Auckland Transport’s own research reckons 60% of Aucklanders would ride if the roads were more welcoming. And who can forget what happened in 2013 when AA’s Directions magazine – the magazine for car drivers! – asked its readers if they’d give cycling …
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Snacks on Bikes – A Wheely Good Idea

Snacks on Bikes - A Wheely Good IdeaWhat is it with food and bikes? They go so well together. First, Tom Beeston’s pop-up cake stand. Now, this weekend’s amazing-sounding Brooklyn Donut Massacre from NYC’s Five Borough Bicycle Club. Read it and drool: “So many donuts – so little time. In about 25 miles we visit five of the best donut shops in Brooklyn …
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Bikelash: Some ammunition for the comments section

If, like sad cycle geeks such as me, you are always reading articles on cycling, you will see the same tired lines rolled out in the comments section again and again. It doesn’t matter what country, website or time of day, there will be someone trotting out one of a number of anti-cycling “facts”. Below I have …
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