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, if only they can find them. The city centre cycle network map is great, and there’s now one for Waterview, too. But in our experience, people also need simple, intuitive, and unignorable on-the-ground signage. This will be especially true over the next few years, with increasingly popular and connected bike paths, and more and more of …
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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 the Zen masters call ‘Beginner’s mind’. But with Auckland Transport reviewing its paper bike maps (and looking at map apps for the digitally enhanced among us), it’s ever more crucial to see things with fresh eyes. Enter Neil, a retired school teacher who regularly bikes around his Henderson neighbourhood for exercise. He contacted us the other day with the following good-humoured tale of …
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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 his long and annoying drive into work today. “Bah, traffic!” he complained as he climbed out of his SUV. “Why don’t they do something about all these infernal people in their cars?” He to grumble as he entered his business premises: Schrader’s Specialist Emporium of All The Coffee. Bob Crankset, his loyal assistant, greeted him …
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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 with friends and wallow in nostalgia is one I enjoy, of course, but the flights themselves can be tough. On long haul flights you need sleep or distraction. On our first leg – Auckland to Hong Kong – I found something that provided both. I read an article about the old bicycle vs. horse races that …
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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…  It all started some 36 years ago – and as these things always seemed to back then, it started with something my younger brother Simon did. Something that sparked: a mishap, an idea, an epic adventure. Simon worked in a garage after school, which meant he had access to cool stuff like welding, spray-painting… and the money …
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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, I am often greeted by a 21-sparrow salute. The birds rise as one, complete a few aerial manoeuvres, then resettle themselves on the roof. I am intrigued by birds; their personalities and aerial displays are an integral part of my ride to work. I am not a “twitcher”, more just an interested passerby, gliding quietly through the world …
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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 can see them coming. Oh dear! But – On the other hand, consider the cyclist’s advantages. He comes silently, and passes swiftly, like a spirit. Like a righteous spirit. Oh yes. For cyclists faced with all manner of bike emergencies and disasters – be it brake failure, getting caught without lights, running into a miscreant bent …
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