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We will create up to 10 bike hubs in the next 3 years as part of Auckland Council's Ngā Tiriti Ngangahau - The Vibrant Streets programme.
Bike hubs are community-run spaces for people interested in cycling, offering basic bike fixes, information and advice, education and training, donated bike resales, and free events. They’re a great place to connect with others on bikes.
Pop down to your nearest bike hub to say hello and learn more.
Why we’re creating bike hubs
Bikes are useful for reducing pollution, increasing accessibility, and supporting local economies. Auckland Transport needs to make it easy for those who want to ride a bike to do so, as we look to deliver on our promise of better journeys for all Aucklanders.
A third of Aucklanders currently ride bikes, and another third say access to a bike prevents them from riding. Bike hubs will make it easier for those riding and those who want to ride to access affordable bikes, get free basic fixes, and local friendly guidance.
We know bike hubs only work if they look, feel and operate like a local. So we’re partnering with local groups to operate our hubs, designing the look and feel of the containers with local artists, and co-designing the operating model with community.
Our plan for bike hubs
This project supercharges growth of our bike hub network and will see up to 9 bike hubs delivered in the next two years by AT under the Ngā Tiriti Ngangahau programme. Some bike hubs will be completely new, while some community bike spaces will be assisted into becoming a full bike hub.
We have prioritised 9 locations: Devonport, Grey Lynn, Pakuranga, Manukau, Mount Roskill, Onehunga, Papakura, Epsom and Waiheke. Exact sites are still being determined but have been prioritised based off community support and the alignment to new and existing infrastructure. Bike hubs will be delivered in three stages between 2022 and 2023.
This is a new model of bike hub development in which AT establishes and owns the physical site, and then partners with local groups to operate the bike hub. This enables a fairer entry point for groups looking to run a bike hub and ensures a strong and consistent level of service across Auckland. Most of these bike hubs will be operating from 2-3 shipping containers, though there is potential to collaborate with other public agencies to use existing buildings.
Why bike hubs are being prioritised
There is an urgent need to provide for diverse travel choices and encourage those who can, to take more trips by bike.
Ngā Tiriti Ngangahau – The Vibrant Streets is an Auckland Council programme to address emissions from our transport system and improve active modes access. This programme has funded the bike hubs project, noting it’s alignment to Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, and key outcomes including:
- environment: increasing access to bikes and encouraging bike usage
- safety: getting unsafe bikes fixed, upskilling riders, and sharing best practices
- community: creating a place for locals to connect, learn, and have fun with bikes
- economy: employing locals, and upskilling volunteers as a potential pathway to paid work
To date, we’ve identified and prioritised the locations and sites where a bike hub is desired, feasible and strongly aligned with our network. We’ve spoken to hundreds of stakeholders across all these locations and progressed the paperwork necessary to start securing these locations.
We’ve co-designed a general bike hub operating model, to be refined further for each location, and begun our partnership process for the Operators. We’re progressing the design, both artistical and functional, and purchasing of the containers from which these bike hubs will operate.
Below is an indicative timeline of our next steps. Importantly we’re continuing to engage widely with communities, elected members, advisors, bike shops, commercial interests, existing bike hub operators, and other interested stakeholders. Once selected, our bike hub operators will help us to engage deeper with locals around our selected sites.
- October 2022: appoint community bike hub Operators
- November 2022: lodge landowner permissions, resource consents and all site related paperwork
- March to May 2023: deliver stage 1 of bike hub
- May to July 2023: deliver stage 2 of bike hub
- July to September 2023: deliver stage 3 of bike hub
Pop down to your nearest Bike Hub or get in touch by emailing ben.mansfield@AT.govt.nz