Two-wheeled chic with Meka, spotted on Ponsonby Road
Meka, where are you going?
To my friend’s flat. What are you wearing? Some clothes I picked up off my floor – this top I skuxxed in last night – and my good old trusty Docs! Tell us about your bike. I love this bike ‘cause I can carry whatever I like – my bananas never get bruised. Why ride? Because it’s faster than walking, it’s essentially free and zero carbon emissions. It’s also very fun! Favourite ride? With my friends! Or on a sunny day with some good music. While riding you…? Listen to ‘Top of the World’ by The Carpenters.
How can Auckland improve bike infrastructure or be more bike friendly?
Well, firstly there should be more bike lanes to encourage more riders and to create a safer environment, but also a mutual respect between cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. Interview and photography by Katy Wakefield, aucklandbikestyle.com
Idea for Auckland
Producer, comedian and writer Jon Bridges dreams of a friendly new app
“My idea is an app that you have going on your device in your car while you’re driving. And it shows the faces of everyone in the cars around you, nice and large on the screen. It also shows your face on their screen as you drive alongside, behind or in front of them. Smiling faces, giving the thumbs up and holding their dogs or kids, coming and going as you pass people and turn corners. And when someone is riding a bike near you while you drive, or walking across the road, their face comes up too. And so you come to understand you aren’t in traffic. You’re in a crowd – of people. You aren’t shooting for a gap, you’re pushing in. You aren’t alone in your car, you’re out among your fellow Aucklanders. Although this is corny and unworkable, I wish it could be real. Because if you can’t ride a bike to get away from the traffic, it would at least make driving social.”
Work on the $24 million Artillery Drive Stormwater Tunnel prepares for Papakura growth
Auckland Council is working to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and take pressure off Papakura’s existing stormwater network, by laying an underground stormwater pipe to carry stormwater from Upper Mclennan Park Pond to Pahurehure Inlet.
Craig Mcilroy (above left), who manages the council’s Healthy Waters department, says it’s important because a special housing area is to be located nearby.
“The land is actually a large flood plain so this work, along with two other planned projects in the area over the next few years, will ensure the stormwater network is available to cope with impending growth.”
Manurewa-papakura Ward Councillor Daniel Newman (above middle) and Papakura Local Board chairman Brent Catchpole (above right) visited the site recently. Newman says an efficient network will also provide environmental benefits.
Getting ready for the future