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Maliu, 4 & Sabrina, 5 From home to school We ride really, really fast

Maliu and Sabrina love to ride every day. Maliu recently woke up at four a.m. to ask his uncle to fix his bike and Sabrina can’t wait to ride to school in the mornings. “I’m five, but I’m turning fifteen…one day! So I’ll have a big bike like my cousin, it’s white with a rainbow on it. We ride really, really fast. Well, my brother rides fast – he likes to be in front and race. We ride to school and we ride to the park, it’s so fun.”

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Lisa & Mat standing next to their bikes

Lisa & Mat Birkenhead to the city Bikes and banter

Lisa and Mat ride to the harbour and take a ferry to the city. When the Skypath is built, they’ll cycle all the way. “There’s a community of people who take bikes on the ferry, so there’s lots of chat and banter on the boat. Then riding home through Highbury you get whiffs of delicious smells coming out of the restaurants and cafés. You don’t tend to get those social and sensory experiences when you’re in a car or on a bus.”

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Mr Tee Mangere Let the price of petrol rise

Mr Tee started cycling in 2012, when his doctor invited him for a ride. Now he bikes to get around easily, for a free workout and to enjoy the scenery. “I love the challenge and it’s the key to freedom. I always start at home or at the Mangere Community House, Mangere BikeFIT HQ. Every day is different. You go wherever the wheels take you, so I just sit back and enjoy the ride. Keep the wheels spinning!”

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Andy, 32 Birkenhead to Takapuna Pedal Patrol

Andy started riding at eight years old, to buy lolly bags from the dairy. He has been commuting by bike for seven years now. “I really enjoy my morning rides as the sun comes up over Rangitoto. There are great views cruising down into Takapuna. I recall after one particularly long day, watching a kererū fly overhead with its distinctive wingbeat. My stress faded away and I remembered why I love riding and living in Tāmaki Makaurau.”

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Astro, 26 Otara to Mangere Bridge Loop Killing the legs

Astro has been cycling since 2010. Now he goes from Otara to Mangere Bridge every day, picking up friends along the way. Astro’s passionate about sharing his love of bikes. “I run a cycling group called Pedal To The Max; we encourage our Pacific people to ride bikes for fitness and transport. Oh man, the best thing is when the people in your group thank you for giving them the cycling. They’re always hustling me about “when’s the next ride”, ha ha! I also ride along with a friend who runs Triple Tees, a cycling charitable trust in Mangers – keep that wheel spinning guys.”

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Pete, 66 St Heliers via Westhaven 4 Square to foreshore

Pete started riding as a teen, to school and work, doing paper rounds and 4 Square deliveries. He has gone from an old bike with no gears and a big basket to an electric bike. “I go over the pedestrian bridge by the harbour and the Maritime Museum. From there I head past the wonderful architecture of the pools at Judges Bay and along the waterfront to St Heliers. I love the variety of topography and the shifts from urban to seaside. There are fantastic views and I get the wind on my face – or even better, on my back.”

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Miriam, 62 Cox’s Bay to Victoria Park Colours of our city

Miriam started riding her first fixed-gear bike at six years old, in the Netherlands. Now she cycles throughout Auckland city. “I cruise from Cox’s Bay up West End Road, towards Sarsfield Street and along the waterfront past my artwork, ‘Colours of our History’ on the Victoria Park viaduct columns. I love riding through our vibrant city, doing my shopping, going to my yoga class – and my electric bike is the quickest and easiest way to get around.”

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Ngarimu, 41 Mountain to the sea Hui and doey

Ngarimu handed in his company car in 2011. Now he says riding feels political. “I go to lots of hui but I do the doey, with various roles in governance, consulting and community development. Cycling feels like a practical expression of Kaitiakitanga – it helps reduce emissions, healthcare costs and improve water quality. It’s important our kids get to experience the thrill of cycling like most of us Gen-Xers did, riding on suburban streets without fear.”

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Louise, 30 Ponsonby to Britomart Empty tarmac and blue sky

For Louise, cycling simply makes sense. “I just jump on my bike and go. There’s no having to wait on anyone or anything. It took me a while to find the bike and helmet I wanted – some make you look like a Lego head. There are heaps out there now, so you can totally ride in style. I often have early starts and that’s my favourite ride – that empty tarmac, blue sky…sometimes I even wish my ride was a bit longer.

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Carlos, 26 Kingsland to the CBD Fitter, faster and cheaper

Carlos Ulberg, a professional boxer, says cycling is a good way to see Auckland and keep fit. “My ride starts in Kingsland at the City Boxing gym and ends at Balmoral Lee Gar gym. This route takes me through Dominion Road and along the Northwestern cycleway, leading up to an amazing view of Auckland city and an exciting thrill ride on the overbridge. Cycling is cheap, it’s an excuse for me to get fitter and enjoy some beautiful morning sun.”

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Liz, 32 Grey Lynn to Queen Street Blowing out the cob webs

Liz rides to work and from meeting to meeting every day, making her way through the hustle and bustle of the city. She loves cruising on her vintage bike, soaking up the city’s energy and architecture: “My ride takes me down Queen Street, past Myers Park and gorgeous historic buildings near the old Real Groovy. My favourite buildings are the Sanitarium Company and the Craic. On ground level they’re new Auckland, but above some of those verandas you’ll find a snapshot of the old Auckland.”

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Han, 32 Mt Eden to Newton Designing a better Auckland

Han is an architectural designer from Mt Eden who loves nothing more than checking out Auckland's buildings on his custom made single speed road bike. Here's why Han loves his ride: "I really enjoy the's like a little taster of the beautiful diversity that Auckland City offers so naturally. Birds chirping, the warmth of scattered sun shining through the trees, it's heavenly."

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Su Yin on her bike with her daughter

Su Yin, 33 Viaduct CBD loop Counting the seagulls

Auckland designer Su Yin and her daughter Ada are regulars on Auckland CBD's protected cycleways: "Our loop marks an almost complete separated cycling experience, which is very comforting when you’re riding with a tiny human. We just cruise at our own pace with the sun on our backs, the breeze in our faces and you can’t help but smile. Oh, and who doesn’t love the hot pink Lightpath?"

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Ayisha, 29 Eden Terrace to Point Chev Cruising to her own beat

Ayisha is an artist, musician and coffee-loving creative who follows Auckland's vibrant street art and cruises through the city with her bike group 'Lady Gang' on the weekends. Here's why Ayisha loves her ride: "There are so many safe paths now, you can ride just about anywhere and you'll end up seeing the city in a different light while revitalising your body in the process (just in time for summer). Often times, you’ll cruise past that rush hour traffic too. It’s a win-win."

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Angie, 48 St Johns to the city Fresh fish for dinner

Angie is a mum of three from St Johns, who rides into Auckland city and back each day to pick up supplies for the family. Angie loves her ride: "There's nothing quite like smelling the bagels baking in the morning as I ride past City Works Depot or stopping at the Auckland Fish Market to pick up dinner on the way home. The freedom of riding along the pink Lightpath, crossing the North Wharf Bridge and then the Quay Street Cycleway…I love the trip counter there, too.”

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Kaytee, 37 Ponsonby to Kohi Urban adventurer

Kaytee, a self-professed holistic geek-a-zoid, started cycling as a kid. Now she zips around Herne Bay, under the Harbour Bridge and over the new boardwalk for work, sunsets, ice-cream…or a beer: “If I’m running late for work, the wheels come out. In the city, it’s so easy chaining the bike up vs. finding parking. It’s a fun way to get around, save time and money, plus keep fit. Check out the maps online, there are so many great urban rides for all levels now.

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Matt, 33 Penrose to the city through Cornwall Park Engineering the perfect commute

Matt is a Project Engineer from Penrose who has been commuting on his steel Dawes single speed road bike since 2006. Here's why Matt loves his ride: "It's the tree lined avenues and smooth roads of Cornwall Park, the views along the peaceful stretch through Puriri Drive, the swishing curves of Mt Eden Rd, the exercise, the freedom and not having to worry about parking."

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Making it easier to get around by bike is part of our strategy to help make Auckland the world’s most livable city.