Great wall of buses planned
Travel over the harbour bridge on Sunday and you will catch sight of an unusual safety measure.
A wall of 98 buses will be used as a solid barrier between Bike the Bridge entrants and vehicles on one of the country’s busiest stretches of road.
Buses will be used instead of traditional concrete barriers which would take a week to put in place and another week to remove.
Drivers will begin setting up from midnight and aim to have them all parked up by 4.30am.
At 5am more drivers will arrive to clear the bridge more quickly at the end of the race, Ritchies’ service quality manager Garth Stewart says.
The cycling event raises money for multiple sclerosis, making this a personal project for Stewart.
His brother suffers from the disease and is in a care home.
The event has raised more than $170,000 to support MS Auckland over the last two years.
Cyclists can choose to ride 105 kilometres, 50km or 20km in Bike the Bridge 2014 and all of the routes include riding over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The Travelwise Kids Challenge offers distances of 2km, 4km and 6km on the closed ring road and toddlers can also take part on their own dedicated track inside North Harbour Stadium.
Water crossing: Bike the Bridge is on again.