Bike rack ideas needed at bike friendly town

Northern News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JENNY LING

The Kawakawa Busi­ness and Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion is call­ing all stu­dents, artists, de­sign­ers, and cre­atives to dream up the most in­no­va­tive bike rack de­sign for Kawakawa.

Kings Theatre Cre­ative spokes­woman Lau’rell Pratt says it’s hoped the bike rack de­sign com­pe­ti­tion will help the re­gion be­come more bike friendly.

‘‘Our busi­nesses and com­mu­nity want to be more cy­cle friendly and we know there are some sons, un­cles, aun­ties, cre­ative cousins, crazy mad farm­ers and en­gi­neers out there who would just love to get cre­ative with their weld­ing torch, or up­cy­cle some­thing into a beau­ti­ful, func­tional form,’’ she says.

’’With the open­ing of the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cy­cle trail last sum­mer we are see­ing an in­crease of vis­i­tors on bikes to Kawakawa from Opua and Horeke which is great for the town and awe­some to see the trail open and ac­tive. There is now a crit­i­cal need for bike racks to pro­vide

‘‘There is now a crit­i­cal need for bike racks to pro­vide ease, ac­cess and safety to our vis­it­ing cy­clists.’’ Lau'rell Pratt

ease, ac­cess and most im­por­tantly safety to our vis­it­ing cy­clists.’’

Pratt says she ex­pects the pop­u­lar­ity of the trail to con­tinue to grow. Plans for the pro­posed Kawakawa Hun­dert­wasser Park Cen­tre - Te Hononga will pro­vide for a larger bike fa­cil­ity that will con­nect the cy­cle trail to the cen­tre of town. Vis­i­tors love Kawakawa for its cre­ative Hun­dert­wasser toi­lets and mu­rals, Pratt says.

‘‘Our public works in town have been created along­side our com­mu­nity in­clud­ing artists, whanau, schools, busi­nesses...we want to con­tinue that cre­ative trend, by invit­ing de­sign ideas for func­tional racks that se­cure bikes along with peace of mind, and com­mu­ni­cate the heart of our town.’’

Racks must be suit­able for a min­i­mum of two bikes, and they must be func­tional, se­cure, re­silient and made in the North. Up to six de­signs will be cho­sen and win­ners will share a to­tal bud­get of $6000 to help make them. It’s hoped they will be in­stalled this sum­mer.

En­tries close De­cem­ber 3. Get en­try forms from Kawakawa Ham­mer Hard­ware, Kings Theatre Cre­ative or by email­ing kingsthe­atrecre­ative@gmail.com or Kawakawa Face­book page.

JENNY LING

Cy­clists Mary and Lins­day Smith, from Hamil­ton, sup­port the plan for bike racks in Kawakawa.

Lo­cals RaeRae He­mara and Jen­nifer Pick­er­ing reckon bike racks would be use­ful.

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