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Dec

Coming back to Wellington from London, Jane Dawson was “shocked by the state of the biking infrastructure and bad drivers.” Instead of giving up, she instead decided to work with decision makers to improve her city.

That was a long time ago. In recent years she has worked with Cycle Wellington, and the Cycling Action Network (CAN)  to make things better.

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December 2, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
27
Nov

The freedom, low environmental impact, and beautiful scenery along the waterfront are what drives Newtown resident Nicole Gaston to not drive everywhere. For years she has biked around Wellington and often commutes to work at the National Library. 

Nicole sees the growing need for mixed-use roadways.

“So many design elements of roads disadvantage cyclists and make it unnecessarily difficult to ride a bike for no reason other than lack of thought.”

By Matt Lorah

  

November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
27
Nov

When asking Jordan Roy why he biked to work and for fun on the weekends he responded…

“Since I was a child and my parents put me on a bike, my eyes lit up!”


  

 


  

November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
26
Nov

After 37 years of biking around Wellington, Charles Dawson of Crofton Downs has experienced first hand all of the benefits that come with his choice form of transportation. His favourite things include: hills for exercise, the lovely Skyline, Makara Peak and other trails, the slowly increasing number of bike lanes and a supportive biking culture. In New Zealand it's great we have a flourishing network of regional trails, which my family have specifically travelled to for holidays.”

Commuting to work as an educator...

November 26, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
25
Nov

Nicole Page is a member of the women only biking group Revolve.

Biking on both roads and trails with all levels and abilities, Nicole loves the fact that “biking gets you outside and gives you all the exercise you need.”

November 25, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Nov

Shredding for four years now, Tom Cappleman works for the nonprofit WORD, which is all about encouraging kids to mountain bike.

 

Tom has previously worked as a mechanic and bike shop manager. 

 

“I like achieving goals that are based around fun, and seeing the kids do the same.” 

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November 21, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Nov

Mark Lerwill is a member of USO, a bike riding group named after the Samoan word that translates as brother. Mark is one of the first members of USO, started by his brother-in-law in 2011 to promote and encourage Pacifika health. 

 

Mark loves biking in Wellington, and says that the friends you meet and getting into the great outdoors are the biggest additions to his life...

November 19, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
13
Nov

Amy Barnett is a veteran when it comes to bicycle commuting. She is accustomed to biking in cities such as London and Berlin, but the biking here in Wellington, she says “is not as scary, it’s just not as enjoyable”. 


This artist and government strategist likes the passive exercise and the...

November 13, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
12
Nov

I cycled 11,000km around Aotearoa and learned the following bonus safety tips

by Dunc Wilson


It's one of the most talked about issues of cycling: how safe is that bike person over there on the road? Almost universally, the conversation comes from the perspective of preventing the cyclist from being hit by the car. When, really, it...

November 12, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
12
Nov

Sometimes sharing a great experience with others is better than doing it yourself. But what if you could do both? 

 

Jimmy Green makes his living sharing both the city of Wellington and the joys of biking with tourists at his job with Switched On Bikes. As a bike tour guide he is proud of Wellington’...

November 12, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
8
Nov

Michael Petta was busy fixing his derailleur after buying a used bike off of Facebook when I caught up with him at the Mechanical Tempest community bike workshop.. 


He enjoys biking recreationally both on the trail and the road as long as there is great scenery, which “here in Wellington is...

November 8, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
6
Nov

For the last year Justine Hall has accompanied her two children every morning to school. The twist? Everyone is on a bike!

 

Justine, who works for the Wellington City Council, believes that biking is “good for my children’s health, and their confidence. My aim is for them to be comfortable to ride...

November 6, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
5
Nov

“Cyclists just tend to be good people,” says Phoebe Balle.

 

In her work with Workshops For Accessible Cycle Care (WACC), Phoebe has led bike servicing and repair courses. Through the Pedal Ready programme she has instructed young people on how to bike safely and competently.

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November 5, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
4
Nov

Jamie Hoare has always wanted to be a business owner. Earlier this year he combined his passions for cycling and business ownership, and he now co-owns NoCar Cargo, a bike courier business. 


I caught up with Jamie at The Mechanical Tempest, a community-run free bike repair workshop, while he...

November 4, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
1
Nov

A recent newcomer to Wellington from the UK, Tamsin White rides from Newtown to Thorndon on her commute to work. 


“I like the lower number of cars and the dedication to improving biking infrastructure in the area,” she says.

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November 1, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
31
Oct

Wellingtonian Mike Trudgen followed his passion, and with hard work and determination has made his small business a full time job. He now owns and operates the Stealth brand of bags, panniers, and other bike storage options. 

 

He enjoys his daily commute to the city from Highbury and loves the...

October 31, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
30
Oct

Six paid bike-related jobs in the last five years? Sounds about right for Thorndon resident Christian Williams.

 

Christian loves bumping into people around town and casual chats at the lights.

Currently, as a cycle...

October 30, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Oct

After biking for 30 years around Wellington, Ngaio resident Jonathan Kennett has seen infrastructure and safety improve. On his daily commute to work as a writer he says he feels alive and invigorated during and after the ride.

 

“I ride daily and have not had a crash since being doored while...

October 29, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Oct

Coming back to New Zealand from the biking utopia that is the Netherlands, Koen teamed up with Wellington local Stuart Cunningham to co-open Get Lost Cycling in Mt Victoria, Wellington. He enjoys biking in the lush mountains and commuting around town. His favourite aspect of biking is the feeling of escaping from the busyness of the city and getting into the hills. He says that recreational cycling around Wellington is awesome....

October 25, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Oct

Student and avid cyclist Inka is often found pedaling up Makara Peak or in Polhill Reserve. 

 

“My favorite part about biking is being able to super easily get into the bush for good mountain biking or cross country cycling.  Least favourite is a tie between bad drivers and the narrow, unsafe roads...

October 24, 2019 Patrick READ MORE