ON THE MOVE
How do you get to work?
NAME Christina van Bohemen GOING FROM Freemans Bay to Ironbank on Karangahape Rd MODE OF TRANSPORT Bicycle
——— What type of bike do you have? My bike is a Gazelle Bloom. It’s actually a ‘mother’s bike’ (moederfiets in Dutch) – it came with children’s seats in front and behind the driver, but I don’t have children so the seats were removed. ——— What do you use your bike for? It is my primary means of transport. I ride to work, to meetings in the city, and to dinner with friends. Big panniers turn it into a station wagon. They get used for #quaxing and for getting all the beach gear to Kohimarama. ——— What are the benefits of riding? It keeps me fit. Given the state of Auckland’s traffic a bike is the fastest way to get around. I like the feeling of independence and it’s also quite social, while you’re waiting at the lights. ———
What would you say to someone who is nervous about cycling?
The first day I got my bike I rode along Karangahape Road and I did have a moment of panic, but after a couple of days riding around the city I felt quite comfortable. I suggest people start on cycle paths and quiet streets in order to build up confidence. If you’re concerned about being “doored” then take the lane – i.e. claim the space. Cars can slow down behind you or use another lane. In truth, you have to have your wits about you. It’s much easier on the slower streets, and a dream in separated cycle lanes – let’s have more of them! ——— How bike-friendly is Auckland? Biking around Auckland has improved since I started in 2012. Separated bike paths along city streets make for a much more enjoyable experience. There are more and more people biking in the city, which means car drivers are getting more used to sharing the road.