News: November 2019

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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 speed at which she can get to places on a bike. She is a big believer that design has the ability to change behaviour.  “Once better and more bike lanes are built in Wellington, especially in the central city, more people will get out and ride.”“Cycling should be brought out of the sporty Lance Armstrong niche and into the mainstream.”“It is too hard for most people to start biking in the city. The people who ride currently have had to build that experience up over time. It needs to feel safe even for beginners or else it won't take off.” By Matt Lorah

November 13, 2019
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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 should be about preventing the car from hitting the cyclist. Still, we are where we are and, right or wrong, it makes good sense to deploy every safety tactic, weapon and disinfectant available when we clamber onto a bike. If only to view things through the 'survival of the fittest' prism. 1/ Rear view First up, I highly recommend watching. I don't mean just the regular, forward watching you already do from the saddle perch; I mean enhanced watching. Hugely unfashionable, despised by the speed demon...

November 12, 2019
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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’s world-class mountain biking and the ride around the harbour. On biking to work in the city he believes that more people need to start biking to make a difference.“If more people bike then there will be pressure to build better infrastructure. If there is better infrastructure then more people would bike. This is the positive feedback loop we need.”By Matt Lorah

November 12, 2019
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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 everywhere. We are surrounded by great views and too few ever truly enjoy them.”  By Matt Lorah #PeopleofWellington

November 8, 2019
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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 by themselves to college.” By Matt Lorah #PeopleofWellington

November 6, 2019
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“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.“I like helping others enjoy the biking lifestyle.”  She recently completed the Alps to Ocean bike ride on the South Island and plans to do longer rides in the future. Her only gripe about biking in New Zealand: “We need more protected bike lanes in the cities to encourage new riders with a safe environment.” By Matt Lorah #PeopleofWellington

November 5, 2019
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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 was in the process of repairing his bike. “These workshops are great because they allow someone like me who, while makes a living riding a bike, still struggles with basic repairs”. “I think that bikes solve so many problems. They lead to quieter streets, healthier lives, and more social interaction for everyone.” By Matt Lorah #PeopleofWellington

November 4, 2019
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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.“I love the freedom and the exercise that biking has brought to my life.”By Matt Lorah

November 1, 2019
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