Join Bike Auckland (formally Cycle Action Auckland) and friends to christen Auckland’s latest world-class bike path next week. I believe the ribbon-cutting/speeches/fall-asleep-standing-up part is in the morning. This is simply a casual ride that evening with fellow cyclists as the sun sets and the multi-coloured lighting fires-up for the first time.
700m long, lit by LED wonder-lights, surfaced with pink fairy-dust and suspended high above Spaghetti Junction, this is one impressive ribbon of concrete & steel. It’s the type of fast, convenient, safe infrastructure Auckland needs to get people moving under their own steam.
What progress we’ve made, remember the fuss when the Takapuna to Devonport cycle lanes were put in? That was a mere strip of green paint (Leprechaun-Dust?) and the tin-top brigade thought the sky was falling-in.
The Nelson Street path utilises a mothballed section of motorway, but it didn’t come cheap, and yet we barely heard a peep? Times are changing and I like it!
When: Thursday 3rd December
- 7.30pm meet from at Mercury Lane Food Court
- 8.00pm Ride Departs
- Sunset @ 8.24pm, Lights On!
Are you looking to buy an inexpensive bike? Thinking about selling your old bike?
The bike market will have a range of new and used bikes for sale at affordable prices. There is no fee for selling. If you are interested in buying a bike there will be bike mechanics on site to make sure your new ride is roadworthy and to make small adjustments for you.
Sunday 22 November 2015, 9am – 2pm
YMCA stadium, Greys Ave, Auckland CBD
Details for buyers and sellers on Auckland Transport’s website.
Hmmm, I’ve got a few bikes gathering dust in the garage…
When: Saturday December 5
Where: Leaves Mission Bay at 8pm
Bike Rave 3.0 is coming folks and it promises to be bigger, better, warmer, louder & prouder!
I attended Bike Rave 1.0 with 150 others and it was a total blast, these guys were onto something.
Numbers ballooned past 400 at Bike Rave 2.0 and people really got into decorating their bikes (and themselves). There were some crazy light-shows weaving along the waterfront that cold winter’s night. I tracked-down some battery-powered Christmas lights ($2 Shop) for my daughter’s bike, she had the time of her life.
You might think a bike “rave” is for 20-somethings only, but that hasn’t proved the case. While the bulk of the crowd fitted that description there were plenty of older folks (like me!), and I didn’t feel out of place taking along an eight year old either.
So stock up on blinkies, glow-sticks and LED wonder-lights and put the evening of December 5 in your diary. It’s the most fun you’ll have on two wheels.
Keep up-to-date with Bike rave 3.0 via the FaceBook Event page.
A friend of mine (and fellow cyclist) Murray, put me onto the historic picture archive Shorpy. You could waste A LOT of time on Shorpy, the photos are facinating, so detailed, and a real window to the past. Surprise surprise, it’s the bicycles that caught my eye, there’s even a handful from New Zealand.
I love the pride these folks showed in their steeds, so keen to include them in group photos. We tend to forgot the bicycle was the fastest vehicle on Earth until rail upped it’s game, and you couldn’t go out and purchase your own steam locomotive, could you? Passenger cars were rare, expensive, and slower than bikes until the start of the 20th century. Long live the bicycle!
These last two are from the USA, but they could easily be New Zealand scenes. Look at the bustling wharf below, I’m thinking downtown Auckland back in the day. No dramas stuck in traffic or finding a park, just ride straight up to the boat, easy peasy!
And this one reminded me of the Waitemata Golf Club down in Devonport.
The course was originally encircled by a horse-racing track, but horses weren’t the only objects hurtling around the perimeter. Motorcycles, greyhounds and professional runners shared the facility. I’m guessing if there were motorbikes, there were also bikes, even if only local kids emulating their heroes.
There’s lots more (updated) details about next weekend’s Climate Tour de Shore up on their FaceBook Event Page.
Do the whole ride, join-in for one section, or show-up at one of the scheduled stops (Albany Domain and Onepoto Domain) to cheer the riders on!
A fun filled fossil fuel free tour around the North Shore to raise awareness of the possibilities of a clean energy future and to support the call for meaningful action at the upcoming Paris Climate talks. Please share and invite your friends!
Riding in a large group is a lot of fun and bicycles are clean energy personified. Good luck to everyone involved.
From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for cyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.
Bike Devonport are doing great things for cycling on the Shore. They’ve organised NZ’s first screening of Swedish director Fredrik Gertten’s new movie BIKE vs CARS, and bikie types from all over Auckland will be attending.
YOU need to be there too! One screening only, and it WILL sell out. So snap-up those tickets quick!
Where: The Vic, Devonport
When: Sunday 18th October, 3PM
How Much? $5 Entry (only 5 bucks!)
Book your tickets HERE via the Vic’s website.
- Movie followed by a Panel Discussion
- Valet Bike Parking
- Free Bike Safety Checks