I remember this from the past but didn’t realise it was on again so if you want to ride over the harbour bridge then here’s your chance. Of course at some point in the future Skypath will allow people to cross the harbour by bike every day of the year. In addition to cycling over the bridge you also get to cycle up the northern busway.

The 2013 edition of MS Bike The Bridge promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor. But entry is strictly limited. We have a maximum number of participants allowed to cycle over the Harbour Bridge. Once that number is reached the event is closed. The Auckland Marathon (that enjoys more than twice our limit) sold out within 3 weeks – so you must get in early to avoid disappointment! Enter Now and secure your place.

There is no excuse not to get into it! This year MS Bike The Bridge offers the following event options. These events all include the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and Northern Busway.

– 115km
– 50km
– Harcourts Cooper & Co. 20km

Each of these distance options above include a division for Secondary School pupils. See our Event Information for more Details.

In keeping with the community ethos of MS Bike the Bridge our new finish line at North Harbour Stadium enables us to keep your whole family engaged and entertained with specific event options for Primary School kids, pre-schoolers and those who like to do their cycling a little on the edge!

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  1. is there any way to get our bikes back to the city afterwards? Would be great having a few NEX’s with bike trailers attached/following after the event.
    Don’t seem to be any nice ways to bike back to the city. A ferry from West Harbour or Hobsonville would work a treat too.
    However only options seems cycling to Devonport or Henderson for the train and ferry from there.

  2. One needs to pay $65 for the privilege of biking across the bridge (that’s the price of the 20k, the others are higher). To me that seems like an unreasonable amount of money for a public event of this nature.

    1. Such an event needs a lot of traffic management – lots of stuff to arrange, roads to close, etc… our risk-averse, belts-and-suspenders culture around such events hasn’t made that easier and cheaper.

  3. On a similar note, does anyone know what the cost would be per household if the council were to pay for the new cycle crossing?

    Id imagine the private venture would more than double the effective cost of the thing just like the PPP on TG.

    1. I heard 28m for all of the construction including the path to Takapuna. That would be about $50 per household across all of Auckland, can someone confirm numbers?

      1. With such a low number they should have put a vote out to auckland as to if they want to make a one off $50 rate increase for one year to get the bridge.

    2. The T Gully cost is only doubled because it is not a real PPP, where the private sector has to fund their share from toll revenue.
      The Skypath will largely be funded from toll revenue, so should have 0 cost to the council, providing a reasonable number of people use it.
      Main cost to the council will be approach paths, notably Seapath which will connect skypath to Takapuna.
      Costs are outlined in Auckland Transport Committee report here – http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/committees/transportcommittee/meetings/transportcomagitm1to1020130213.pdf
      Confirms the $28 million figure.

      1. There is no toll on TG, the PPP winner will need to find their own money to build the thing which the goverment will pay them back a fixed sum each year.

        The sky path however runs on tolls which has the risk of inadequate income but the oportunity of extra income.

  4. I’ll be participating in the 50k event on Sunday. The event organisers have apparently arranged shuttle buses to take people back from the finish at North Harbour Stadium to Wynyard Quarter. Cost-wise it seems comparable to other events similar like the Auckland Marathon.

  5. NZTA are so overly paranoid about traffic disruptions from closing just 2 lanes on the bridge for a few hours on a Sunday morning, they have the event start before any public transport is even running (including ferries). Thus participants from north shore have no other options but to drive or be driven by private vehicle over the bridge to the start of the event. Does anyone else find this a bit ironic?

    See NZTA’s official media release:

    http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/about-us/News/LatestNews/Pages/Bike-the-Bridge.aspx

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