Easter’s coming – more reasons to go biking Waiheke!

Easter's coming - more reasons to go biking Waiheke!Grab the kids or a gang of mates for a day cycling around the island at Easter. The weather is holding up, so pack your togs and get on that ferry. Here’s 3 new reasons to take to the seas for Waiheke – • Fullers announced to Cycle Action yesterday that the bike racks on their buses are all go again! Lucky me – I got the advice last night just as I was boarding the Waiheke ferry, so I couldn’t resist being the first to give the reinstated racks a test run. The racks are natty devices. Each bus has space for 3 bikes, but takes firm handling to …
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A day out on Waiheke tomorrow to celebrate the car-free Esplanade

Today’s rain is forecast to move on by tomorrow , which improves the prospect of getting out on bikes. This could include a trip to Waiheke where cyclists and walkers are inviting us to join their celebration marking 2 years of car-free use of The Esplanade. It’s the short road around the headland between Blackpool and Surfdale (for those who struggle with the intriguing geography of  Waiheke;  it’s ‘over the back, and down the hill’ from Oneroa, the charming village of quirky shops you pass through after arriving on the island). Auckland Transport and the Waiheke Local Board have decided to open The Esplanade to cars. This will end the 2 …
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$2 million to “traffic calm” a road without cars? [Updated]

Note – Monday update, with major amendment of project costs – see below  Yes, that’s what it takes if one insists that cars should be allowed on a road that has been closed to cars, and used exclusively by walkers, cyclists and  horses  since 2010. The Esplanade on Waiheke was closed to motorised traffic as a trial in response to public demand. But now, a very expensive plan is being drawn up to  reconstruct the road and its seawall to allow for two way vehicle traffic, including ‘traffic calming measures’. The cost of the project has been estimated to be at least $2m. It’s worrying that Auckland Transport sees fit …
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Sweating the small islands – I mean… sweating the small stuff: Waiheke

I hadn’t been to Waiheke for a year – but CAA organises our annual ‘hui’ on Waiheke, in the hospitable home of our chair, Barbara Cuthbert. Half a weekend celebrating the past year, planning for the next, and enjoying the company of others working to make Auckland friendly for cycling. I won’t talk much about the hui itself – though we hope that you will notice the improvements planned to CAA and for cycling. But I can tell you that it felt like a nice omen when riding up from the Matiatia ferry terminal, I reached the top, and saw the stretch of Oceanview Road north of Mako Street. Gone …
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Cycle Summit Video – Fullers

Did you know that Fullers, the leading ferry operator in Auckland, has been transporting bicycles for free for 20 years now? In recent years they have added to that great start with support for the Auckland Harbour Bridge pathway (because they know more tourism on and across the Waitemata will be good for them too – ride/walk one way, take the ferry back, anyone?) and with the great “bikes on buses” scheme on Waiheke, allowing casual bike trippers a greater range across the island. Hear Doug Hudson in this video talk about such initiatives and more. Here’s a company that has really understood that cycling is a win-win!
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Bikes on buses popular on Waiheke!

Just a short note from off-shore – The 3 bike racks recently installed on the front of Fullers’ buses on Waiheke have proven highly popular. On the right (Photo: Gill Alcock, Waiheke Marketplace) you can see the smiling chairs of Cycle Action Waiheke and Cycle Action Auckland, together with representatives from the Local Board and Fullers, when the racks were installed some weeks ago. Following the success of the bus bike racks, Fullers have now cancelled the trial. Okay, got you there, didn’t we? Early April Fools. The reason Fullers decided to declare the trial over is because they have already decided that the racks are so popular, they have …
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Waiheke Valentine night bike ride

To celebrate New Zealand Bikewise month, story teller Tanya Batt is  inviting ‘lovers of two wheels’ to join her for a Valentine Night Cycle on Tuesday 14th February. Meeting at the Story Centre at 8.45pm and heading off on a mystery cycle that will culminate in a romantic supper. This event is suited for those people whose bed time is after 8.45pm, who are confidant road cyclists and can cycle at reasonable speed for several kilometres. If you are keen here’s what you need to know: Meet at the Story Centre, Artworks Oneroa, Waiheke at 8.45pm Tuesday 14th February. Light up your bike – yes xmas lights, head torches, lamps – you do need to …
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