Want to head out on the bike with the kids this summer? Not sure how to start? Join us at the Onepoto Domain Bike Park for a fun and informative day about cycling with kids from 1-5years
If you’ve ever contemplated cycling with rug-rats or pre-schoolers get along to Onepoto Domain on Sunday 19th October (10am-1pm) and get inspired.
Onepoto Domain is a first-class cycling destination for under-5s with a network of bike paths set-up specifically for littlies. Intersections, roundabouts, speed-bumps and various surfaces mimic grown-up roads. It’s superbly done and was a favourite destination for my daughter and I before she was enslaved to the rigours of an oppressive schooling system (her words).
If you’ve never been there the two playgrounds at Onepoto are worth a visit alone, highly recommended.
Okay, okay, it’s been a whole month and I haven’t posted a single thing on this blog. I’m feeling guilty enough, don’t rub it in! But with some longer spells of fine weather I’ve been riding more and really getting a kick out of feeling a bit fitter. You know you’re fitter when you get to the top of your nemesis-hill (we all have one) and your tongue is still in your mouth, not on the top-tube. There’s been no epic rides, just the usual work commutes, neighbourhood errand-running and some two-wheeled exploring while my boys are rowing. I’ve usually got my camera with me so here’s some highlights from the past few months of pedaling:
Bike to the Future Protest Ride
This wasn’t so much a protest as a gentle reminder to the-powers-that-be that the proposed separated cycle lanes on K-Road should happen sooner, rather than later, and not be watered-down to a line of paint on the road. The energetic young minds at Generation Zero used the wonders of social media to gather together 400-500 cyclists and we cruised down Ponsonby and Karangahape roads on an overcast Saturday morning in that state of excitement only a group bike ride generates. Actually “cyclists” is probably the wrong term, we were just “people riding bicycles”. There was a marvelous cross-section of Aucklanders there, all shapes and sizes, all ages, and every weird and wonderful bicycle you could imagine. As Crash of Pickled Pedallers pointed out it was great to see young children riding down city streets in perfect safety – “safety in numbers”. That’s a glimpse of the future right there, but we’ve got to fight for it!
Coastal Riding on the Fat-Bike
With big brands like Specialized, Trek and Kona (finally) getting in on the fat-bike act, it won’t be long before our beaches are crawling with the things. In the meantime I’ve got the coast to myself and I’m enjoying the solitude. Company would be nice though, get down to Echelon Cyclery in Barrys Point Rd, pick-up a FatBoy, then we can ride together!
Commuting to Work
Most of my riding is simply getting to work and back, I love it, I really do. Those crisp early mornings and inky-black night rides are often the highlight of my day, it’s certainly not the eight hours in-between! In a staff of eighty-five there’s only two of us that bike to work. That’s a sad statistic, but probably an accurate reflection of cycling percentages in the workforce. I know I go on and on about them, but I love my MonkeyLights (LED wheel-lights). I feel so safe with that pulsating light-show going mental inside my wheels and a beautiful wash of colour spills onto the road around me. So much fun too, exercise, art, safety and transport all rolled into one. Much like fat-bikes, I sometimes wonder why I seem to be the only one who’s so enchanted by the things?
Exploring Further Afield
I sometimes take a bike when I dump my kids at Hobsonville Point for rowing training. If you have to get up at 5.00am in the weekend you might as well make the most of it. I usually ride west, through the coastal suburbs, past the marina, until I get to that wonderful yellow bridge crossing the motorway to Westgate. Not far from there you can pedal through the Manutewhau Reserve to Moire Park. Moire Park is a hidden gem, there’s some beautiful little trails in there – you could be in the middle of nowhere!
Phew, there’s a month full of posts right there! Keep the rubber-side down – Antoine.
Wind and rain have forced us to postpone to the 28th of September, when the sun will be out. We want to make the ride bigger and better than ever, so spread the word, put it in the calendar and we’ll see you in a month!
This is plagiarism of the highest order but I’ve just spotted the post below over on Cycle Action Auckland’s website so I’ve reproduced it here in the hope they can get a couple more bums on (bike) seats from this side of the bridge!
If we want more Aucklanders moving around the city by bike you have to make it safer and easier. Proven infrastructure like separated cycle lanes are what’s called for on busy streets and K’Road is an absolute sitter for such a design. If you have time this Sunday morning pop over the bridge and show your support. Within a large group of cyclists you’ll feel safe-as-houses and have a great time…
The team at Generation Zero are holding a cycle rally on Sunday to show support for the proposed separated cycle lanes on K’ Road. Please go along to show your support.
The ride will meet at the corner of K’ Road and Ponsonby Road at 10.30am and some speakers (including Cycle Action Auckland’s own cycling champion, Barb Cuthbert) will address the crowd. The ride will then set off at 11am down Ponsonby Road and back, then down K’ Road across Grafton Bridge then back around to St Kevins Arcade where there will be a few stalls, stands and displays. It should take around 30 minutes to complete the ride.
What: A cycle ride in support of separated cycle lanes on K’Road. Ride will take about 30 mins
When: 10.30am on Sunday, 31 August : POSTPONED
Where: Corner K’ Road and Ponsonby Road
Weather postponement: Sunday, 28th September
Devonport is already a fantastic place to ride a bike. Let’s work together to make it even better and get more bums on bikes.
… So goes the blurb on the new Bike Devonport FaceBook page, sounds like a plan to me.
Inspired by the very successful Bike Te Atatu, Bike Devonport is the brainchild of Ben Lenihan and Chris Werry. With representation on the Takapuna-Devonport Local Board they’re chipping away at annoying (and potentially dangerous) shortfalls in local cycling infrastructure with the genius idea of Micro-Projects.
Although we all want shiny separated bike lanes and SkyPaths over the harbour bridge, small improvements can often be incorporated in the next street refresh or maintenance round by Auckland Transport with minimal extra cost. Something as simple as repainting a cycle lane or smoothing a transition over a curb can make a big difference to your ride.
It’s nice to know everyday cyclists like us have a word-in-the-ear of decision makers in roading and infrastructure. I certainly couldn’t deal with local bodies without having a temper-tantrum or nervous breakdown, so I’m grateful groups like Bike Devonport are doing it on my behalf.
My initial thought was North Shore “roadies” could identify problems and pinch-points (riding at the speeds they do) that plodders like myself don’t even think about. So, Lycra-Cowboys®, join the FaceBook Group and get your own micro-project on that list!
There are two weeks left to provide feedback to the powers-that-be on the proposed Northcote Safe Cycle Route.
The kerfuffle caused by some Northcote locals worried about losing on-street parking needs to be countered. I’d like to see as much positive support from North Shore cyclists as we can muster.
Read about the proposed route, look at the maps and diagrams and tell them what you think via the online feedback form. In my opinion it’s a couple of minutes well spent!
How cool would it be to ride through Northcote onto the SkyPath and straight into downtown Auckland? The SkyPath (over the harbour bridge) is by no means a done-deal, even if logic tells us it should happen. What we get in the meantime with this proposed infrastructure is safer roads for Northcote locals moving around under their own steam and people like us just passing through.
Riding bikes makes you feel good. Cruising to the dairy for a bottle of milk in the depths of a dark day can put a smile to my face, break me out of that bad mood, put problems in context.
I always thought it was fresh-air, exercise, the endorphins and all that. Make it past minute-nine on SLOMO and you realize it could be your acceleration around the centre of the earth at play, that’s John’s theory anyway!
A successful neurologist who abandons the mansion and Ferrari for a life on little wheels…
An Iraq war veteran finding some peace via his fixed-gear bike…
The simple joy of mastering that first ride…
Wok ‘n Woll people, Wok ‘n Woll…