Cycling in Auckland

Today is a great day. For the first time ever, I was a commuter cyclist in Auckland. I finally overcame my fear and cycled Elizabeth to kindergarten, a round trip of about 8km. It was hot! But it was a good ride, easier than I was expecting and no lives were lost. Auckland is very hilly and my bike is heavy, only has three gears and a heffalump on the back in the form of a four-year-old child but despite all of this, it was easily doable

There are no bike paths at all in this part of Auckland. Not one. Most of my route is along a very busy and very main road which gets lots of trucks, buses and vans as well as many, many cars. So I opted to ride on the footpath the whole way. I think this is probably illegal but if my flouting of the law helps to bring attention to the glaring absence of safe cycle paths, then it’s worth it. I also stuck this sign to the back of my bike. Victor gave me the idea.

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The message I want to convey with this sign is that I want to ride my bike. Me riding my bike is good for me, good for Auckland and good for New Zealand. I want to be safe and in order to be safe, I need cycle paths. Therefore Auckland needs cycle paths.