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Auckland’s car parking buildings have the best views in the city

  A few weeks ago I had a couple of tourists on the back of my biketaxi. We were going down Quay st and they were asking me why the Britomart carparking building has the best realestate in the area. I didn’t have an answer. It seems like a strange zoning mis-step by the council…

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Bike lanes vs pedestrians

  There is a new bike path on Quay st near the viaduct. This is great in and of itself but it begs the question, who has the right of way? If a pedestrian chooses to walk on the bike path or on any shared path should the cyclist go around the pedestrian or should…

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Bikeman interviews Wayne Anderson

While riding around Auckland on my bike taxi I get some meet some amazing people. Check out the lungs on the inimitable Wayne Anderson bikemanRiding through the streets of Auckland I see a lot of incredible, weird and broken things at the small end of the night. A lot of folk having the ride of…

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Auckland Bike taxis are a superior form of transport

I have never owned a car and while it’s a bit inconvenient I feel like my conscience is clearer environmentally and socially. The few times I have driven a car I am struck by how dangerous it is. Just last week I watched a man playing a game o his phone while waiting at a…

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Begging in Auckland

So it’s pretty hard to walk ten metres on Queen st without being asked for spare change from a homeless person. I was talking to a couple of girls who live with their parents in Fort st. They were around fifteen or sixteen I guess and they had come out begging for the evening. Not…

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Myers Park and the Taniwaha who would not be tamed

So the other night I had a couple of people in the back of the rickshaw and I rode them up to the bridge over Myers Park. As they got off the bike they were talking like they didn’t really want to pay the fare. Now granted it was three in the morning, granted they…

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Albert park is the heart of the city

Five minutes walk from the Auckland CBD is a huge park full of half naked tourists, students attempting to read the latest photocopies from their lecturer in size 8 font and office workers getting away from their high-rise cubicle lifestyle. This park has the essence of what can make a city more liveable. An inner…

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What is the secret of Wynyard Quarter’s popularity?

Bikeman rickshaws spend a lot of time picking up people from Wynyard Quarter so I thought I would explore some of the reasons why this is such a popular area.  There are Strange water features that children and dogs love In a city that often values practicality over art Wynyard Quarter has some refreshing and…

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Large steps, Small Footprints

A great new cycle-way just opened linking the Upper Queen st and Nelson st. It is bright pink and has an awesome camber. Bikeman spent some time going back and forth along the route and found that more than being necessary to Auckland’s cycle-ways, it is fun. And this is exactly what Auckland needs. I…

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Where’s my Cycleway?

The beach road cycleway is 1.5 kms of dedicated cycle-path in Auckland city that I can’t figure out how to use. It is a two-way cycleway so bikes are next to each other instead of on opposite sides of the road. The concept is sound until the intersection at Te Taou Crescent and Beach rd…

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