Bike style

Two-wheeled chic with Meka, spot­ted on Pon­sonby Road

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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

A new sta­tion fea­tures an old build­ing The new Par­nell Sta­tion is tak­ing shape, partly thanks to the restora­tion of a 108-year-old build­ing: the old Newmarket Sta­tion. Once un­der threat of de­mo­li­tion, the build­ing is being reused for the new sta­tion and

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