A couple of years ago during the school holidays, we threw together a list of great places to ride with little kids – beyond the driveway, the neighbourhood park, and the local school courtyard. And every school holidays, like clockwork, that blog post leaps to life again!
But would you believe that original list is our most popular blog post Of. All. Time?
That’s right. ‘Where to ride with children’ is bigger than ‘what’s up with Skypath’, more popular than ‘how to fix Tamaki Drive’, and more sought after than even ‘how to get to the pink path’.
What this tells us is that Aucklanders’ dearest wish is that their kids can experience the joy of riding a bike – safely, confidently, happily.
We love knowing this, because that’s our dearest wish, too. Going for a family bike ride is one of the most fun ways to get a bit of fresh air. And we reckon children deserve – and want – the ability to travel independently, to know their neighborhoods and own their streets.
Because, frankly, the data tells a sad story…
…but there’s hope. Together we can turn this picture around.
Because what you nurture, grows. What does your neighbourhood need to be better for kids on bikes? Slower traffic speeds? A protected cycleway on a main street? Safe, quiet greenways connecting parks, shops, and schools? All of the above?
These are all things we’re working for. We envision a future in which everyone who wants to ride a bike in Auckland, can, anywhere they want. To the dairy, to school, to work, to study, to a friend’s house, or just out to explore… It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
Knowing that you share our enthusiasm boosts our energy as the non-profit working for a more bike-friendly city for all Aucklanders.
So we warmly welcome your support for a more bikeable Auckland! Come along to our events, sign up to our newsletter, join us as a family member, speak up for better streets during consultations on new cycleways, – and just get out there and ride!
We’ll have more info on kids’ rides coming soon, thanks to our fabulous new volunteer Tracey-Lee – including a dedicated Facebook group and a searchable database of all kinds of rides.
Note: our original focus was the under-10s and those who still love playgrounds (although, who doesn’t!), but please let us know what else you’re looking for. Feel free to add any suggestions or questions at the bottom of this post – or pop over and join the conversation on Facebook.
PS If your kid really, really, REALLY loves their bike, they may also love one of these…