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“Some years ago I dusted-off my old mountainbike and started riding to work. I liked it, I REALLY liked it. Pretty soon I was using my bike for all those small trips you do around town; taking the kids to school, going to the park, grocery shopping, and it was all more fun on a bike, often quicker too.” – Antoine, BFNS Founder

Bike Friendly North Shore promotes and celebrates bicycle culture on Auckland’s North Shore. We’re not about racing (though we love that too), instead our focus is on using bikes for everyday transport like getting to work, visiting friends, shopping, or just hanging-out and exploring the neighbourhood. We want to encourage anyone and everyone to give it a go and provide information and inspiration on this blog to help that happen.

Bike Friendly Texas Logos

Our logo was inspired by the Bike Friendly folks of Texas, and used with permission.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2010 5:27 am

    Welcome North Shore! We wish you the best of luck, and can’t wait to visit and see your successes!

    Your friends at Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson (Dallas).

  2. Roselle Entwistle permalink
    February 17, 2010 12:16 pm

    Great Work on this site, happy riding the NS.

  3. February 17, 2010 1:40 pm

    Thanks guys. Bike-Culture (at least the type you are enjoying) is pretty thin on the ground down here, but I’m sure there are others out there on the North Shore with a similar outlook on cycling and the Bike Friendly concept just might bring them together.

    Roselle is a local that contacted me to wish me well and I hadn’t told a soul about the blog, so that was an encouraging start.

    – Antoine

  4. February 22, 2010 9:18 pm

    Great idea and great looking blog. I’ll be sure to blog about it soon too…..

    • February 22, 2010 9:34 pm

      Thanks Paul, I’m slowly getting my head around WordPress. I need to find some locals to help me with the “bike friendly” concept if it’s going to grow. I’m not convinced there’s any “bike-culture” around here yet, but it’s early days!
      – Antoine

  5. Bronwen Jones permalink
    March 16, 2010 9:00 am

    Awesome site!! Wow. This is an important initiative for bike power on the Shore. Well done, bikers.

    • March 17, 2010 5:32 pm

      Thanks Bronwen, I struggle a bit with the writing side of things but am doing my best.
      Feel free to write something about cycling in your your part of town (I’m assuming you’re on the shore) and I’ll throw it up there ;^)

      ibikenz [at] gmail.com

      – Antoine

  6. Jane Clayton permalink
    September 8, 2012 5:57 pm

    Thanks for a great resource. Bought new bikes today for me and the seven year old and our first ride was Orewa, Te Ara Tahuna.. it was a lovely ride and great for us both to be away from the screen!

    • September 9, 2012 9:14 am

      Cool, must get up to Orewa again with the kids when it stops raining! I haven’t got the time to keep the blog updated any more but I suppose it’s still a bit of a “resource”, there’s not much else out there.

      Keep the rubber-side down – Antoine

  7. Jos van den Akker permalink
    November 7, 2012 5:14 pm

    Hi Antoine, good initiative to start this blog.
    I’ve only recently arrived in NZ (June 2012) and bought myself a bike straight away. Am using it every day to cycle to work, do shopping, etc.
    Coming from a cycle-friendly country (the Netherlands) it’s a bit of a shock to cycle here though…. stepping back into medieval times! :-)
    Anyway, we can only hope things will improve.
    I’ve joined Cycle Action Auckland as well and like their relentless push for a better cycle infrastructure in Auckland, “City of Cars” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCKDBHT3i74.

    Keep up the good work!

    Jos

    • November 7, 2012 5:37 pm

      Hi Jos, thanks for the kind words.

      Enjoy your first Auckland summer on two wheels (longer than the 3-weeks you are used to back in Holland ;^) and don’t forget your jousting pole for our local traffic conditions!

      – Antoine

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