Auckland Transport have come up with what they are calling great rides which are 10 of the best recreational rides that can be ridden by people of all ages and abilities.
The top ten most scenic bike rides in the Auckland region have been revealed today. One of ten bike rides featured in Auckland Transport’s Great Ride Passports is the Twin Streams bike ride in suburban Henderson, it runs alongside a stream and is surrounded by native bush and birds.
Each passport contains a map of a ride with a description of the terrain, length, amenities and points of interest along the way. The 10 passports are available at local libraries or on the Auckland Transport website www.at.govt.nz/greatrides.
The number of Great Rides has increased to ten from six last year and Kathryn King, Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling manager says they have proved very popular.
“We are often asked by people who are new to cycling where they can find safe, scenic, fun places to ride. In fact, our cycling maps are among the most searched for items on the AT website,” she says.
“These great rides offer a way to get out with family or friends and discover a new part of Auckland by bike. The Auckland region has some stunning natural beauty and what better way to enjoy it than on a bike.”
The rides are suitable for most ages and abilities and take in a variety of environments, scenic vistas and points of historical and cultural interest. The webpage has maps and a short promotional video which provides a glimpse of some hidden gems, accessible only by bike or on foot.
The “Great Rides” are:
- Matakana Trails
- Te Ara Tahuna Pathway: Orewa Estuary
- Green Route: Devonport to Takapuna
- Hobsonville Point
- Twin Streams: Henderson Creek and Opanuku Stream
- Auckland Waterfront: Britomart to Mission Bay
- Pakuranga Rotary Pathway
- The Cascades Paths: Pakuranga, Botany and Meadowlands
- Waikaraka Cycleway: Onehunga to Mangere Bridge
- Wattle Downs
Great Rides: www.at.govt.nz/greatrides
It’s interesting they’ve highlighted the Twin Streams path in Henderson in the press release as I often use part of the route to get to Henderson for some shopping – my quaxing route if you will.
I look forward to the day in the future when they can talk about using Auckland’s extensive urban cycleways to safely go about your daily activities by bike – whether it be shopping, riding to work, riding to school or just visiting friends. Although in saying that once AT put an extensive urban cycleways in they probably won’t have to tell anyone about them, people will be using them anyway.
Are there any great rides you think AT have missed?