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Open Streets Auckland – Sunday 12th April

March 20, 2015
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I may have played a part in the graphics, they sure look familiar.

Sunday 12th April, 10am – 4pm

Quay Street, from Princes Wharf to Tinley Street (That’s 1km)

Open Streets is an international initiative to claim the street for walking, cycling, playing and socialising. At Open Streets 2015, the road will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic. You can stroll or ride in a car-free space and enjoy a variety of activities, with street entertainers, family fun, sports activities, guided tours, street games, a heritage trial, chill out areas, and much more. Get your family and friends together, say goobye to your car and come explore the waterfront.

I’ve watched my friends in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco having a ball at these for years so it’s very exciting to finally get one in Auckland. There was a similar gig last year called Ciclovía, but it slipped under the radar somewhat. For 2015 we have a name Kiwis understand, professional event organisation, much more promotion and a bigger slice of Quay Street. Can’t wait!

Show the powers-that-be Aucklanders want this event by turning up in droves, with your significant other, with the kids, the neighbour’s kids, your dog if you have one. Oh, and your bikes, don’t forget to bring your bikes!

Open Streets Website

Open Streets FaceBook Page

Open Streets Auckland is a FREE event.

Bubs on Bikes Family Bike Day

March 9, 2015

The inaugural Bubs on Bikes Family Bike Day last year was a hit so Jena from Cycle Action Auckland is running another one, but this time across town in Point England.

If you’re curious about transporting littlies on two wheels and want to avoid the bike-shop “hard-sell”, pop along on Sunday March 22nd and check it out.

Or maybe you have friends that are not very bike-savvy and are unfamiliar with the various child seats and systems? Perfect, give them a shout-out!

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This is an event for families with younger children. There will be learn to ride instruction for kids still on training wheels, information on the best ways to cycle as a family (e.g. using baby seats, baby trailers etc.), support and information from those who already cycle with their kids, a range of children’s seats, trailers and ‘tag-alongs’ to check-out and other activities.

When: Sunday March 22, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Where: Roberta Reserve, Pt England

Riding with small children is very rewarding and once you get in-the-groove it’s A LOT more relaxing (and fun) than tripping around the neighbourhood by car.

Here's Bike Friendly North Shore reader Lisa showing how it's done with her family (literally) in-tow.

Here’s Bike Friendly North Shore reader Lisa showing how it’s done with her family (literally) in-tow.

Bike Rave Auckland a Great Success

March 8, 2015
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Last minute light-tweaking in Mission Bay Reserve before we set off.

After a long list of excuses were ignored and man-flu symptoms rightfully mocked, I eventually convinced my friend Muz to join me (way past his bedtime) and we set-off for the Mission Bay start with lights blinking and spirits high.

Riding bikes in the city is fun. Riding bikes at night is funner. And riding with your friends is the winning combo.

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Lots of imagination used decorating both riders and their machines.

We snaked through Downtown, weaving around tin-tops, intoxicated yoof and bewildered tourists. By Tamaki Drive we had caught some fellow ravers and continued along the waterfront bike-path in a ragtag bunch of twenty or so.

Side Note: That Tamaki Drive bike-path is CRAP! (Apologies, I know this is a family-friendly site). It’s poorly lit, narrow, windy, badly surfaced and totally unsuitable for sharing with pedestrians, quite dangerous in fact. Shame on you Auckland Council, now I know what everyone’s been complaining about!

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Sky Tower helmet. Best costume of the night!

Approaching Mission Bay a rainbow frenzy of flashing lights and glow-sticks exploded through the trees and before long we were milling around with 150 others keenly awaiting the 9.30pm start. That’s not an “Eden Park” crowd estimate either – I counted 150 and the organisers came up with a similar number.

Once we got moving a shimmering ribbon of colour, music and laughter drifted around the water’s edge towards the city, stopping on occasion to take in the views, wet-our-whistles and marvel at the fireworks exploding above the Domain. It was all pretty cruisy and relaxing. I had imagined excitable youngsters ducking & diving across my path but there was none of that, and despite the condition of the bike-path I didn’t see anyone come to grief.

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Cargo-Bike & Disco-Ball. Win/Win!

It was a young crowd, but there were plenty of oldies like me and even a couple of kids present who were loving rocking around the city that late at night.

Passing cars on Tamaki Drive would regularly toot and holla their approval with the odd bogun chipping-in to question our sexuality and choice of vehicle. That was pretty funny, just added to the experience.

I was having such a great time I hardly took any photos but there’s plenty more on the FaceBook page from fellow ravers if you’re interested.

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Silo Park was looking decided dead before Bike Rave turned up.

More riders will add to the excitement and the music could have been louder, but I think for a “pilot”, testing the waters as it were, Friday night’s Bike Rave was a great success. Well done to the organizers Lennart and Emma, can’t wait for the next one!

The Princes Street Dash

March 7, 2015

Here’s something a little different, a 600m sprint race along Princes Street right in front of the University. On a closed road, with no other traffic, even an old guy like me would only lose his heat by, what do you reckon, 500m?

Everyone is welcome from lycra-encased pro-racers to casual riders, all ages and abilities, and you don’t have to be a club-member or university student.

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UACC Race Information Page

Princes St Dash Flyer

The LOVE TO RIDE Challenge

March 5, 2015

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It’s time to get more people riding bikes in NZ. We know riding is awesome – you feel great, it’s good for you, good for our planet, and it’s fun!  But we need more people to discover how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Love to Ride is a new online platform that makes it fun and easy for us to get more of our friends riding.  From 6 to 31 March, Love to Ride is running a new team based challenge.

How it works:

  • Start or join a team
  • Ride! Log your rides to increase your team’s score
  • Encourage others to ride too
  • Score points and win great prizes!

How you score points:

Every 100 points you earn gets you another entry into the prize draw. The more points you earn, the more chances you have of winning a prize.

Win great prizes!

Prizes include a new bike (worth $1,000), a holiday for two, bike gear (worth $2000), and a night for two in a lighthouse and a stone tower!

Find out more, view prizes and check out the new Love to Ride NZ site at www.lovetoride.net/auckland

Join in and let’s get more people riding!

Bike Rave – This Friday Night!

March 3, 2015

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When I started Bike Friendly North Shore all those years ago this was EXACTLY the type of bike-culture I was hoping would catch-on downunder, I was just too useless to organize it myself.

With a fixation on night-riding and LED wheel-lights I might just be there myself (if I can get a wife-pass), sounds like a lot of fun!

Hi all!

We’re pilot testing a wee bike rave, so we can hold a bigger one later in the year.

*Light* up your bike and come along for a night-time waterfront bike ride from Mission Bay to Wynyard Quarter (with a little add-on along the shiny new Westhaven boardwalk).

We’ll meet at 21:00 at the Mission Bay reserve. From there we’ll ride (slowly-ish) along the waterfront, while listening to some ear pleasing tunes.

Bring the following:

• Your bike, with loads of lights.

• Some drinks for the adventure. And um, should mention it’s potentially illegal frowned upon to cycle while intoxicated, so keep it civil ;) We’ll probably end at a bar anyway!

• If you have an amp, or portable music device, this would be rad too.

Auckland Bike Rave FaceBook

For those of us on the Shore some of the friendly folks from Bike Devonport have said they are catching the 7:45 ferry and riding to Mission Bay. They’ll leave the downtown ferry building around 8pm.

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I think I have my rig dialed!

 

Love Your Bike – Valentines Day Picnic Ride Tomorrow!

February 13, 2015

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The weather is looking fine so the Frocks on Bikes crew are super excited about riding and picnicing with you all tomorrow afternoon at Harbour View Reserve, Pt Chev. 3-5pm, access off Harbour View Rd.

Its a very open invite to all friends, partners and families – the more with bikes the better.  BYO blanket or a plate of something to share + togs / towel optional and the all important water and sunscreen.

If you are coming from the west or central they have a couple of troupes leaving from the following locations:
– 2.15 St Kevins Arcade with Nic Williams
– 2.25 at the new Oakley Creek Bridge with Jess Rose
See more on the FB events page and spread the invites:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1533314410287690/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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