ON THE MOVE
How do you get to work?
NAME Emma Mcinnes GOING FROM Mt Eden to central city MODE OF TRANSPORT I cycle, and when I feel like reading I take the bus. WHERE ARE YOU GOING? I cycle from my home in Mount Eden to work in the morning on O’connell Street. ——— How did you get into cycling? I learned to cycle in hay paddocks in Northland, but my family lived so far from town it wasn’t even possible to cycle to school or to bike to my friends, so I put away my bike until I moved to Auckland. Since I’ve been living here I’ve taken it up again, mostly because it’s a small thing I can do to be kind to the environment. I haven’t owned a car in the six years I’ve lived here. ——— Tell us about your bike. The one pictured is an old BSA three-speed, but now I use a Linus Scout. The Linus has seven speeds and a Lekkie electric battery. It’s a dream. ——— Why do you use a bike? It can be a very pleasant way to get around – the best times I’ve had in Auckland have been spent on a bike. I love that I can easily pop up to Karangahape Road on the way home after work, when it would be a struggle with any other mode. The city is much more accessible when you’re not bound by a car. And I adore the Auckland cycling community, who are the kindest, cleverest folk who work so hard to fight for changes to our streets to make sure our city is one where everyone thrives. What other mode of transport has a community and movement of people behind it? ——— What do you do when it rains? I hop on a bus or put a rain jacket on if the rain is light. It’s really not an issue. ———