Cre­ative bike racks sought for town

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - 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.

’’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 town and awe­some to see the trail open and ac­tive. There is now a crit­i­cal need for bike racks to pro­vide ease, ac­cess and most im­por­tantly safety to our vis­it­ing cy­clists.’’

Pratt says 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. 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 them make their bike rack. It’s hoped they will be in­stalled this sum­mer. En­tries close De­cem­ber 3. En­try forms can be col­lected from Kawakawa Ham­mer Hard­ware, Kings The­atre Cre­ative, or via kingsthe­atrecre­

Youth work­ers RaeRae He­mara and Jen­nifer Pick­er­ing, from Ngati Hine Health Trust, reckon bike racks would be use­ful for Kawakawa.

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