This is a guest post from Leroy Beckett, Auckland Director of Generation Zero
Join us on a bike ride tomorrow to make it clear to politicians, the council and disgruntled protesters that we support (and need!) safe biking infrastructure in Grey Lynn and across Auckland.
Last year, you helped us show our support for making Grey Lynn a calmer, more pleasant place to be. However, the recent street upgrade isn’t perfect and has a lot of people riled up, and a small group of protesters have shut down construction of a safe bike path in Grey Lynn, and are trying to do the same across Auckland.
Protected bike lanes make safe, low-stress routes connecting our homes, schools, workplaces and recreational spaces. A network of bike paths will give a wide range of people a healthy, sustainable transport option, and helps create vibrant and inclusive communities, while reducing our reliance on cars. Come and show your support for these bike paths on a ride through West Lynn village to promote inclusive and safe streets for our future.
We will be assembling at the Westmere shops from about 10am, before heading off on a cycle through Westmere and Grey Lynn to the West Lynn shops, where we will end up in Francis Reserve. We think the actual ride will take only about 15-20 minutes at a casual pace. We’ll also be stopping to pick up a contingent at Westmere School along the way, so feel free to meet us there if you’re after a slightly shorter ride.
Here’s the route for Bike to the Future 2.0
We plan to assemble at the Westmere shops at 10am, and we aim to leave at 10.30am.
From there we will be cycling along Garnet Road -> Old Mill Rd -> Surrey Cres -> Richmond Road -> through the West Lynn shops -> to end in Francis Reserve, behind Harvest Wholefoods.
If you’re wanting to do a shorter ride, we’ll also be stopping to pick up a contingent from Westmere School. So feel free to join from there.
At the end of the ride we will present the petition and end with some small speeches.
After this, we plan to stay in the area for ice creams and/or refreshing drinks
At the end of the journey, we will be delivering our petition in support of a more inclusive Grey Lynn to Kathryn King (Auckland Transport – Walking, Cycling and Road Safety) and Pippa Coom (Chair of the Waitematā Local Board).
If you haven’t signed it yet, you can still do so on easily online here.
Help us show our support for safe and inclusive roadways: sign the petition, and come out on Saturday 17 February to make your voice heard! Please also invite friends and anyone else you think would be interested through our facebook event here.