An exciting way to stay active during the Covid-19 lockdown, explore Auckland and win prizes has arrived in the form of the Street Art Bike Challenge.
To participate people simple need to snap a photo of themselves, their bike, a piece of street art, and share the photo with the hashtag #streetartbikechallenge.
The event will run throughout October and aims to encourage people to cycle around the city and stay active throughout the Covid-19 lockdown.
It is being hosted by EcoMatters Bike Hubs, who have compiled a map of over 200 street art pieces around Auckland to get people started.
Over $1000 worth in prizes are up for grabs. Will you be participating in the Street Art Bike Challenge?
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Summer is nearly here and for many folks it is time to head to the beach. Whether you have your own batch or rent one it can be interesting to know about sea level rise, risk posed by storms, and of course tsunami.
With the Climate Insights property report you can get information on all three ocean-related events. With easy to read graphs and insights for reducing your family's and a property's risk it is an essential part of your coastal awareness toolkit.
Could someone, anyone please explain to me like I am a 5 year old child as to why the Auckland Transport is hell bent on putting those dreadful speed bumps, speed humps, speed 'break my neck' mini walls (call them what you want) along so many residential (and CBD) areas now?
Why can't they spend the money on repairing the absolute shite roads that are full of holes, wear and tear from those heavy trucks going up down the roads that are involved in the construction of those God awful Lego /chicken boxes?
I read an article from the beginning of this year, that almost 700 speed bumps have been installed or planned for streets around Auckland in the last four years at a cost of up to $97 million - this point I remembered as I was floored by the excessive amount for something not wanted nor needed.
The ones in Glen Eden are neck jarring, chassis scrapping, ill thought-out slabs of concrete thrown on the roads at now (I think) 3-4 places along the main road with an incline/decline of ridiculous percentages.
What is happening now, is that motorists are choosing shortcuts through local streets to avoid theses speed bumps.
You have to feel for sorry those residents in those streets now.
The intersection of Railside Ave & Great North Rd (down by the mall) have got those SURPRISE mini humps - WTH???
Bruce McLaren Road is now getting speed bumps - argh!!!
Parrs Cross Road and Bruce McLaren Road intersection is also soon to have a bloody roundabout!!!! (See pic below)
We expressed our thoughts, our feelings and all of the pros (zero) and cons (endless) to their proposed plan; and yet they have got experts who probably don't live in this area and they in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the concerns of those who live here are null & void!!
Now, before anyone says, "it's all very well complaining, what solution do you have instead?"
My answer is, "Do what they have done very well in Ponsonby for example" - see pic below.
My solution will not only slow the boy racers down, but it will provide ample access for all vehicles, including emergency ones.
People in ambulances won't shot skywards when the ambulance has to go over repeated speed bumps.
Also, for the greenies, trees can be planted in the middle and/or sides of the road - a win win for all concerned.
But no, the powers that be, over a cup of expensive soy triple shot lattes with 3 ice cubes and a organic date scone have decided concrete and vehicle breaking, neck jarring bumps are the way to go !!
All this money being spent when they need to do is:
FIX THE DAMN ROADS!!!!