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Almost hit by a suddenly open car door

I was just finished working on Friday night (11-ish) I jumped on my bike and started to pedal the bike. My route is passing crazy K-road Friday night. There was congestion on K-road at that tim... read more

Topic: Other

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Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Biking in the Coronavirus Era

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

Finishing The Month Off Strong… Sort Of…

After missing many biking days earlier in the month due to illness, I thought today would be an ideal opportunity to put some good kilometres on the clock. Starting from Glenfield, I wanted to p... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

OVERCOMING FEAR OF RIDING A BIKE ON THE ROAD

Late Sept 2018, I was riding my bike to work when a large came dangerously close to me on the side of the road that I had to hop onto the footpath. Didn't make it tho, I hit the curb so hard I was ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story I chose to Bike There Instead

I chose to Bike There Instead

One of my favourite t-shirts is this red one with a pic of an ice cream atop a bike helmet, the words say "Bike there instead." Going for ice creams with my whānau last week I thought this was a gr... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Trips together

Trips together

As well as encouraging others at work to participate in the bike challenge, my partner and I have been exploring Auckland's cycleways and done parts of the Hauraki Rail Trail. We've gone to so many... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Having a yarn with ducks

Having a yarn with ducks

While riding with friend on bike through cascades walkways, was able to stop at the pond and sit down and have a quacking contest with the friendly local ducks. Was a quackamazing!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story East Auckland Car Free

East Auckland Car Free

We moved to East Auckland in March of 2021 and decided to challenge ourselves to living car-free. Commuting on a regular bike in and out of the city is still faster than sitting in traffic, and kee... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New off road paths!

New off road paths!

I hadn't ridden a bike from my early 20s until last year (er, my late 30s). I wasn't scared as such, but I found the new shared path along SH1 at Takanini was a good place to get my confidence up. ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Biking is better, even in -50C

Biking is better, even in -50C

I have ridden a bike as my primary mode of transport since 1989, doing my Master's degree. I owned a car briefly for one year in 1995-96, and had bought a house outside of the city so I could be i... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story riding to Mt Eden

riding to Mt Eden

I just went to my roomie's work just today at the Time Out Book Store, I just loved riding my bike and every once a day I do ride bike sometimes I go to my sister to Babysit my newphy and helping ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Love To Ride was useful

Love to ride was useful. I found it a good motivation tool and way to trace rides. But they have stopped keeping the totals. At the top of the page was a part with total kilometres and total trips.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Sunday ride

Sunday ride

Sunday morning 28/02/21 and level 3 has kicked in. I'm feeling pumped, yeah! let's do this...no destination in mind I'm just going to ride so I head over toward Mangere Bridge underpass. I decid... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Breakfast ride motivation

Breakfast ride motivation

This is my first year as the office champion for the bike challenge. Over the month we have met up for a total of three cycle breakfasts before work. They are by far the easiest way of getting me o... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Love working for a company that accommodates cycling to work!

Love working for a company that accommodates cycling to work!

Dedicated bike parking in the office + shower facilities are awesome benefits of my job <3

Topic: My commute by bike

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Just a Reminder

During the Coronavirus Era, we need to remind ourselves of how grateful it is to be in one of the most safest countries in the world right now. And a part of this is to enjoy with much more apprec... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Biking the twin coast cycle trail

Biking the twin coast cycle trail

We took advantage of the beautiful weather over summer and biked the twin coast cycle trail after Christmas. It is beautifully scenic, I particularly love the ride from Kawakawa to Opua. I love exp... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Break free of gridlock with an ebike

I was getting tired of the parking lot otherwise known as the northwestern motorway - and because my working day is “bookended” by school dropoff and collection times I couldn’t change my hours to ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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"It's Never Too Late To Make a Difference" (My Motto)

A keen sportsman in younger days, I was 50 yrs when I decided to get back to a fitter, healthier, Happier lifestyle. I joined a gym, tramped, and cycled. At 65 yrs I studied to the certificate leve... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Waiheke Adventures

Waiheke Adventures

Leading the pack at Waiheke (photo) A group of us went to Waiheke, hired ebikes and had the time of our lives. It was an awesome way to get around and we clocked around 30km. We stopped where e... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story City waterfront ride to work

City waterfront ride to work

Every ride is different, today watching the sunrise over the Hauraki Gulf, the double hulled waka under sail in the harbour caught my eye. Otherwise the sunrise reflecting off the buildings aroun... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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discounted biking gear

just heads up that there is a bicycle clearance store on Lunn Ave , they have helmets from $20 and huge bins of assorted bike accessories including lights, gloves, saddles etc at very affordable pr... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Contagious commuting

Contagious commuting

We bought my son a good second-hand bike when he got to intermediate so he could independently cycle the 4km to school each day; no worries if we're working and can't do drop-off or pick-up. I lik... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Pride on the Pink Path

Pride on the Pink Path

Loved the changing lights on the Pink Path this morning! Happy Pride! The lights went really well with the multi coloured Sky Tower - too bad it wasn't still dark by the time I reached the pink pat... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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TriEye Bike Sunnies

Have to shout out to one of the Bike Challenge supporters; TriEye, the riding glasses with a rear-vision mirror. After a recent experience with a large vehicle that was wider than the driver rea... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Uneventful cycling month, apart from ...

After an idyllic 20 km morning ride along the sea front in Auckland, I was turning in to my work car park when I felt a sudden pain on my head. In order to pander to my urge to stop what I was d... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I biked the Otago Rail Trail

Apart from an occasional bike ride - as a family when my daughter was young, Covid lockdown rides. We decided to do the Otago rail trail in February. An event to remember next to my daughter start... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Legitimately quicker than a car

I have been tasked with cat-sitting my friend's super adorable rag dolls. Due to their very special and precious nature, they apparently require human-provided-feeding (wet food) twice a day, in co... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Unstoppable Beaches

Unstoppable Beaches

Auckland is blessed with kilometres of beautiful coastline. While rolling along in the sunshine with a cool sea breeze is bliss, it's such a pity that places like Buckland's Beach and Eastern Beach... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Changing mindset and changing behaviour for sustainability

Changing mindset and changing behaviour for sustainability

Just before the pandemic, I did an audit: 1. My car sits near the train station all day, 5 days/week. 2. I occasionally travel on the weekends nowadays, instead of every other weekend as I used t... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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North Western cycle track

The North Western cycle track is a really nice ride and the track is getting some upgrades at the city end. If you haven't ridden it, please come and ride. There is a nice loop from the city out ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Low-carbon commutes

Late last year I got an ebike and it’s been a game changer in terms of how I choose to get around. It’s a beast, it can go up to 45km an hour!! And it’s meant I can get to work in 20 minutes, no co... read more

Topic: Carbon Crushers

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Image for story Thames-Paeroa Rail Trail

Thames-Paeroa Rail Trail

The Rail Trail is beautiful and almost completely flat. My 13-year-old son and I cycled from Thames to Matatoki, but I really wanted to see what was around the next corner, so the next day came bac... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Railway adventure

We crossed the railway lines using the pedestrian crossing, and had to do some super maneuvers. Great achievement, and lots of fun!!!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Can we please get over The Auckland Harbour Bridge?

I have dreamt for the last 30 years that I could just leave my house in Northcote Point and take my bike over The Auckland Harbour Bridge to the CBD for my work. Now that I am retired I still canno... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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The joy

One night my wife and I were riding home from the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Coming up Grey Str going past the council flats a lone bike rider comes hurtling down the hill. He is a Polynesian ma... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Bike Ride for Fitness & Saves Time

Bike ride very useful for health maintenance. As long as the setting on the bike makes it comfortable and not strain the back and legs. Adjusting the height of the seat is useful. Carry air pump, t... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Buy another bike

Buy another bike

Saw a person ride up to the bus stop, fold up their bike, jump on and disappear in under half a minute. I've now got a folding bike too, lovely blue colour, so I drive across the bridge, unfold th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story What a great way to start and end my work day.

What a great way to start and end my work day.

I decided to treat myself to an ebike 2 years ago. My thinking was if I commuted one day a week to work it would take one car off the road. I have been commuting to work at least 4 days a week this... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Worklife BBQ Long Bay + Browns Bay + Friend catchup

Worklife BBQ Long Bay + Browns Bay + Friend catchup

I decided that despite leaving later than planned to arrive at a BBQ on time (can you really be late to a BBQ?), I would cycle on my recently repaired (glassed tyre puncture) bike rather than drive... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Tri-It!

Tri-It!

Kia Ora whānau, This is my e-trike, Trinity. She's the reason why I am loving the Bike Challenge this year. She makes riding up (and down) the hills a real breeze. Prior to having her in my life, ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Another convert

The second person I lent my ebike out to for the commute from Massey to the city has also bought an ebike. Two fewer cars on the road; two happier people.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Another convert

A friend was getting frustrated with his car commute from Massey to the City and the $12 per day parking costs. He was quizzing me on ebikes, so I lent him mine to see if it was a goer for him befo... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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12th Birthday Ride to Te Atatu

If I had been born on my due date, today would have been my 12th birthday (Feb 29 - a while back). Because I was one of the 50% of all babies that arrive late, I'm almost up to my 48th birthday. To... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Boffa Miskell Early Risers Breakfast

Boffa Miskell Early Risers Breakfast

A nice early morning jaunt wiht my colleagues to the Williams Cafe in the Wynyard Quarter before work.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Bringing the family together

Bringing the family together

This weekend we spend a couple of days on the Hauraki rail trail....cycling has become a great way to spend time together away from screens creating new and varied experiences. There was laughter a... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Reasons to ride!

Reasons to ride!

Hey hey, It's almost the end of #MoveitMonday week 2 My story is about sharing that I now find that I am excited about biking to or from work as part of this challenge as I am not really very co... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Across the Finish Line

After doing a couple of longer rides for me (>30km) I decided it was time to bike from my home town of Waimauku to work in the Auckland Viaduct area. I set out around 6:40am and had a good ri... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Flash new saddle bags

Flash new saddle bags

Biked to work with my newly acquired saddle bags which I won Week 1 through #MoveitMonday. The saddle bags match my bike really well, so feeling well chuffed! I had to adjust the bags on to the... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Beaut peddle home this evening

A bit of a later ride home tonight. Kind of nice hearing the birds chirp next to the car engines while stoped at the lights :)

Topic: My commute by bike

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