Did you know you can ride for miles in most directions from Pt Chev, almost entirely free from traffic? Join us for the first of what we hope will be many local bike adventures, exploring off-road connected bike paths in our hood and beyond!
We’ll gather in the town square outside the library – then head off, on an out-and-back ride of ~14km. It’s about half an hour in each direction, so expect to be on the move for around an hour, not counting stops to explore.
Saturday 25 May, 2pm start. Meet in the Pt Chevalier town square near the library, from 1.45pm.
On our return to Pt Chev we’ll hang out at Nomad for a chat. Feel free to stick around!
Given the length of this initial ride, it’s more suitable for adults and teens. Once we’ve tested the concept, we’re planning future rides more suitable for families with children. (If you do want to ride along this time, there’s a natural turnaround point that would make for a shorter 5km route.)
This ride is entirely off-road and on quiet streets, with a couple of road crossings along the way.
In line with our Transition Town goals of encouraging the use of lower-carbon transport modes Transition Town Point Chevalier has become a supporter of the Healthy Streets Alliance.
You can learn more about the Healthy Streets concept here and see the video of Lucy Saunders talking in Auckland about the subject here. The group is also aiming to promote safer speeds, Vision Zero, the work of health academic alliance, Healthy Auckland Together, and Neighbourhoods for Active Kids. Essentially, the group is looking to promote the benefits of having safe, low-speed, low-traffic, well-designed city environments so people can live active, healthy lives in their communities.
The speed limit bylaw consultation is a really important
step to bringing a healthier, lower carbon transport network to Auckland, where
it’ll be much more appealing to Aucklanders to actively move around our city.
With so much bad information circulating about the
consultation speeds, I thought you might be interested in watching this
inspiring video from AT. Their myths and misconceptions page is really good.
If you’re following the damaging position the AA has taken
on the subject, my post in Greater Auckland today discusses the survey they are
trying to use to strengthen their position. There’s much more on that subject
The EU has calculated its subsidy to driving is €500 billion
Also, even at the current low rates of walking and cycling
due to unpleasant traffic environments:
“Due to positive health effects, cycling is an external
benefit worth €24 billion per year and walking €66 billion per year.”
In NZ, the subsidy to driving per capita will be
significantly higher than it is in Europe due to our sprawl and high car
This information could be useful when you are face-to-face
with regressive car dependent people complaining about spending money on
cycleways or arguing against the changes to our systems that would boost
cycling numbers, such as 30 km/hr speeds. Cycleways give us a return on
investment. Roads are what cost too much.
A couple of good articles showing that we are right to push
for cycleways and better walking amenity as an important way to reduce carbon
emissions. Transport carbon emissions are big, and the easiest thing to target
while also improving our lifestyle and health.