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It's the little things.

Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet



Bicycling over the Brooklyn BridgeIt’s not for everyone. Some people don’t have a bike. Some people live too far from work to do it. Some people couldn’t bike the route to work, even if they wanted to.

But, if you can do it, biking to work not only saves on carbon emissions, it costs less than most other forms of transportation, reduces congestion on the road, and keeps you fit and healthy at the same time. In some jurisdictions, it may even qualify you for a tax break!

For more benefits of bike commuting, see 50+ Benefits of Bicycling.

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  1. Andrew Hedges on July 7, 2009

    I work from home, so this doesn’t apply to me at the moment, but I used to walk/ride to work in my previous role. It’s a great way to get exercise and cycling was actually faster than taking the bus.

  2. Rachel on July 10, 2009

    I’ve been riding 20 miles round trip to work 2 days/week – I love it! I get exercise, I get to work energized, and I don’t have to use gas and don’t throw emissions into the air.

  3. Rick on July 10, 2009

    I tried biking to work when I first moved to NZ. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bridges in Auckland that aren’t bike friendly. I lived in Ellerslie and worked in East Tamaki, which meant the only route available to me was the Panmure-Pakuranga bridge. Those 3 lanes are barely wide enough for cars, and with the reversing lane in the middle, drivers were never willing to let me “be a car”. Even the damned pedestrian walkway was too narrow, with a railing that meant I had to carry my bike on my shoulder to use it. :(

    Until public transit improves, I’m sticking with carpooling.

  4. Mark Bixby on July 10, 2009

    I’ve been taking my bike on Caltrain (commuter rail) and riding the short leg on either side of my train commute for a few months. I’ve started riding the whole 10 miles each way and it’s made a tremendous difference in my mood and energy level. Great tip if you can do it!

  5. Vaughan Rowsell on July 10, 2009

    What a fab idea. Or you could ride the length of NZ, like I did, but that is perhaps a bit extreme. See if you can arrange a cycle-train, that’s where you pick up other cyclists en-route to join on, like car pooling but with bikes!

  6. andrewnim on July 10, 2009

    Great to see the site up. I used to cycle around London, more of an extreme sport really! But working at home now its too far to most clients I need to visit. Plus cycling down state highway 2 is possibly more extreme than London!! But if I could I would, no fat and always felt energised.

  7. Su Yin Khoo on July 10, 2009

    I already do this—10km round trip from Grey Lynn to Auckland CBD. I have a wall planner where I put a small tick on the days I cycle to work. This week is the second time I’ve managed to tick off five consecutive days (I don’t cycle when it rains, see) since starting in mid-January.

    If you keep your eyes and ears open and follow the road code, you should be fine on the road. If someone abuses you on the road, keep calm and carry on. Get their rego number and report them to the police.

  8. Nathaniel Flick on July 11, 2009

    I ride the bus to work every day, and have done so since I moved to NZ in Nov 2008. Does that count? :D

    I’d really like to bike to work, but I find it’s not quite clear how safe that trip would be from Mt. Wellington up to Mt. Eden. Great South Road is all bus lane (I know because that’s part of my bus route).

    Auckland definitely needs to acknowledge and embrace bikes. It certainly hasn’t done so yet.

  9. Su Yin Khoo on July 11, 2009

    @Nathaniel Love your bus stories! You can pick up a Central Cycle Map from the Auckland City Central Library or Britomart. They also have a PDF map here. Apparently it’s been tested by Cycle Action Auckland cyclists.

    I’m also working on mapping out the Central Auckland Cycle map on Google Maps which will be more useful if you have a web accessible mobile phone.

  10. Morris Nye on July 11, 2009

    Agree with @Rick, not only is the Pakuranga-Panmure bridge very dodgy for bikes, even getting to it down Pakuranga Highway, or getting past it through into Panmure towards the city is down right impossible; There’s just no provision to ride your bike on the road with the traffic, and riding on the footpath is not only dodgy in itself, but it’s very difficult going and it even veers away from the road in key points – like through the local shopping center.

    So I’m sticking to public transport, because biking from the Eastern Suburbs into the city is just too unsafe!

  11. Su Yin Khoo on July 11, 2009

    @Morris and @Rick This is when having busses that can carry bikes would be good, eh?

  12. erin hedges on July 12, 2009

    well, if i went to work i might bike but the hill to school is too steep! i bike up and my drive way though! =)

  13. Nathaniel Flick on July 12, 2009

    @ksuyin Thank you! (re: Auckland Bus Stories blog)

  14. Andrew Hedges on July 12, 2009

    Su Yin, As far back as 1998, Seattle (where I used to live) had bus racks on every city bus. This made a huge difference, psychologically, because you didn’t have to plan it out in advance. You could just count on being able to mix busing and biking to get where you wanted to go.

  15. Robbie Mackay on July 13, 2009

    I’m thinking about this one – currently taking the train but its only 12km ish to work so shouldn’t be a bad ride

  16. Allie Hedges on July 13, 2009

    Hey Everyone!
    Well I think I would ride my bike to work if I had work. You see my school is very far away so it would be hard to ride my bike to school. But if I had some friends close by me I could car-pool. If your work is far away this is a very good idea to do.

  17. Robert on July 17, 2009

    Now that the snow and ice have all melted and it’s +20 not -20 I’ve started riding my bike again. It was my main mode of transport in Perth. Too many hills in N.Z. :)

  18. Lane on July 17, 2009

    I used to walk to work everyday (lived close to Auckland CBD) rain or shine and loved it. Now Im 9ks away from work, I bought a scooter – still keeping my relatively ‘green’ hat on – its fast, cheap and amazing how the cobwebs get blown out after a day at work. The adrenalin helps too!

  19. Liv on July 21, 2009

    I recently picked up one of the new cycle maps and thankfully it looks as though there will be a lot more cycle lanes in central Auckland by the end of the year.

    I agree that all buses should have bike racks, sometimes you’re more than happy to ride into work but couldn’t fathom the return trip home at the end of the day.

  20. Andrew on August 17, 2009

    Check out this awesome web comic comparing commuting via bus versus bike!


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