Bike lanes and businesses: When the numbers do the talking

Bike lanes and businesses: When the numbers do the talkingIf we had a dollar for every time we’ve been told that removing traffic lanes and car parking to make way for cycle lanes will kill local businesses, we could just about fund the lanes ourselves. It’s a classic barbecue assertion. And, like any other dodgy assertion, it withers in the face of the data. …
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Bike Advocacy Vancouver-style: HUB Cycling

Bike Advocacy Vancouver-style: HUB CyclingA common factor in just about every transition to a bike-friendly city is advocacy. In Vancouver’s case, that advocacy comes largely in the form of HUB Cycling, a charitable non-profit that works to get more people cycling more often in Metro Vancouver through education, action, and events. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, HUB has …
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Riding to the future: Vancouver on two wheels

Riding to the future: Vancouver on two wheelsA WhatsApp message from my friend Brendan: “I’ve moved into my new apartment in Vancouver. Come for a visit, bring your bike.” Why, yes. Vancouver had long been on the must-visit list. A charming harbour city with progressive politics, good coffee, loads of genial Canadians, and a reputation as a poster child for cycling infrastructure. …
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London’s FreeCycle – the key to the city on wheels

London's FreeCycle - the key to the city on wheelsLinda Wong and family stumbled across London’s iconic FreeCycle bike festival while on holiday earlier this year. With the Auckland summer approaching, it’s time to wonder once again why Auckland hasn’t caught the worldwide citywide open-streets circuit-ride bug yet? Sure, there are logistical and budget issues with closing streets for through-traffic for a few hours for …
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A bird in a flock – visions from Velo-City

A bird in a flock – visions from Velo-CityRichard Barter, our community liaison hero, was lucky enough to travel to the 2017 Velo-City conference – the annual global summit on cycling, which alternates between Europe and the rest of the world. (His visit was part of the CAN Share the Road Campaign funded by NZTA). This year, the conference was held in the Dutch region of Arnhem-Nijmegen. Richard …
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A bikeable city state? Singapore gears up

A bikeable city state? Singapore gears upLongtime Bike Auckland supporter Richard Ashurst has been keeping an eye on changes in Singapore’s bike culture over the last few years, and shares his observations with us… Every few years, I join my partner in visiting her family back in Singapore. It’s is an interesting little country, and after several visits I’m starting to notice …
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Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon Valley

Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon ValleyAlison Paulin is an Aucklander and long-time member of Bike Auckland/ Cycle Action Auckland. She shares her experience over the last few years promoting two-wheeled transport technology in the heart of the global HQ for information technology – sparking some interesting comparisons with how we do things here… I’ve been living in San Jose, California for three …
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Vive la cycling révolution! A Kiwi in Paris

Vive la cycling révolution! A Kiwi in ParisRoger Dungan is a Kiwi living and working in Paris, who writes about his experiences cycling on the roads of France at his blog Thousandth Fastest. We’re delighted to share his most recent blog post, on the surprising joys of city biking….  We need a cycling revolution. A gentle one, not an angry one. But a revolution …
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Heading in the right direction? Experts put Auckland in context

Heading in the right direction? Experts put Auckland in contextLukas Adam has recently finished a spatial planning degree at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and is moving back to Auckland to put theory into practice. As he discovered in his dissertation research, planning for cycling in spread-out cities like Auckland is mostly about infrastructure, but you can’t ignore the context… What’s the single biggest barrier to seeing more …
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Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen… through Auckland eyes

Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen... through Auckland eyesAucklander Keri Bloomfield is living the new parent dream – in Copenhagen, where she gets to bike around town with her baby as a matter of course. You can follow her her adventures on a beautiful blog (check out how to never be mistaken for a Dane while riding round Copenhagen) and via great videos on her FB page. Here, Keri gives us an …
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Orange you glad the Dutch Cycling Embassy came to visit?

Orange you glad the Dutch Cycling Embassy came to visit?(Sorry for the groanworthy pun, just trying to avoid another of those ‘going Dutch’ headlines…) On a rainy Monday night in Auckland, a standing room only crowd gathered eagerly to hear from the visiting Dutch Cycling Embassy. Most had arrived on bikes – including beautiful Dutch bikes, which formed a striking panorama on the Viaduct, outside The Original. …
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Can Auckland go Dutch? A letter from Utrecht

Can Auckland go Dutch? A letter from UtrechtBrian Johnston was lucky enough to live in one of the best biking cities in the world for eight years. He’s been keeping tabs on developments in Auckland from a distance, and making comparisons… They say that the best things in life are free, and after having lived in The Netherlands I can confidently say that the …
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‘Drive-and-ride’: California dreaming and some thoughts about Auckland

'Drive-and-ride': California dreaming and some thoughts about AucklandLast year during a trip to California, my wife and I satisfied a yearning for a bike ride by heading to the beach in a car. We decided to try a bit of ‘drive-and-ride’ – i.e. driving to somewhere suitable and comparatively safe and interesting for a bike outing. We headed to Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach, where we joined …
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Put a Bike On It – Jessica Rose bikes Portland

Put a Bike On It - Jessica Rose bikes PortlandPortland, Oregon: city of bridges, famous for its hipster attitude, craft beer capital of the States and possibly the world. Specky, beardy and full of artisanal products and people, it is of course also full of people on bikes. And it was this, not the weather (similar to Auckland’s, but colder, for longer), that brought …
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We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are: Jessica Rose bikes Los Angeles

We Don't Know How Lucky We Are: Jessica Rose bikes Los AngelesTall poppy syndrome, greener grass syndrome, whatever you like to call it – us kiwis have a habit of immediately thinking ‘they have it better over there’. I’m no different: I fell in love with Portland after watching Portlandia, and somehow I knew if I ever went to America that was where I’d find my …
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