Bike the Night – Photos & Blurb
Bike the Night – Matariki 2
Had so much fun last Friday night riding with Teau Aiturau and the Triple Teez crew (Time to strive to Stay Alive). The weather was mint, there were lots of kids, lots of friendly faces, lots of unicycles, lots of flashing coloured lights, even a mid-ride fireworks display! Throw those ingredients together on a bike ride under the stars and you can’t lose really.
It was great to meet Teau face-to-face after hearing him talk at the recent Pecha Kucha night. Hard working “people” people like Teau bring so much to their communities. Thanks to our sponsor Evolution Cycles I had a pretty flash mini-pump to give away at the post-ride sausage sizzle. I tried passing it to Teau to pick a winner, but he made me stand up and choose someone myself! Choking down the remains of a half-eaten sausage I awarded it to the youngest rider. She was a gutsy eight year old who rode the whole loop on a squeaky singlespeed keeping up with the bigger kids. Easy decision really.
If you get the opportunity to attend one of these community night-rides I highly recommend them. With the twinkling lights and banter between riders there’s always a cool vibe. You feel safe in a big group, and the general public get involved too with lots of encouragement from pedestrians and passing traffic. Bring on the next one…
p.s. I rode alongside a young chap from Highbury who commutes daily by bike and ferry to Glendowie! Then after work (on this Friday) he pedals to Mangere to join in the fun before riding all the way home. Respect to that man!!!