|Great to be back with you! We’re keen for a massive year changing Auckland for cycling.This divine summer weather has been heavenly cycling – here’s hoping we’re in for months more of it.Before I give you a few updates for this first blog, I want to say ‘Thanks’ to one of our allies, Fullers, who made my trips to our Palm Beach holiday with my bike so easy over the holidays.|
|I love their new NZ built ferry, Te Kotuku, which has lots of space and options to park bikes in-transit – hang them or lean them, like mine laden with panniers. There were even a couple of bikes lying down, having a little rest !Before Xmas I met Peter Davenport, who has a UK based company, Bikes on Buses. He’s supplied bike racks to US and other cities. He also met Councillor Chris Darby, Paul Waldon, (Chair, Waiheke Local Board) and Matt Rednall (Auckland Transport) in Auckland.A few years ago Fullers put bike racks on their Waiheke buses, (so handy when I was laden with gear for my house!). Sadly the racks partly obscured the bus headlights, so were removed for modification. Paul is on the case and will let us know when it’s been sorted.Chris told me Matt will report back on scope for AT to help deliver for bikes on buses. I’d welcome a pilot for Auckland – I know from working with Generation Zero mates that they’d like to see this trialled on West Auckland City-bound buses.Does anyone have other ideas on this?We’ll be publishing a blog later this morning with news from the new NZTA team working out on SH20A, ( Kirkbride Rd grade separation). Tomorrow we have a real gem blog from Steve Southall, (a former transport engineer and now IT Consultant), who is our North Shore agent. He shares his thoughts on lessons from his recent 2 month holiday in Europe.We’re also working on our message for you on ideas for submissions for the Sky Path resource consent application.
While we’re distracted with that, we’d love to get some guest blogs on your cycling thoughts or trips during the holidays. You just need to email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). It can be short or long, with photos and maps (if you have them).
Is anyone up for it?