Timeless Wheels

Timeless Wheels

It's the Heritage week starting this weekend and the theme is 'transport'. Bicycle Nelson Bays, in conjunction with Nelson City Council, is kicking this off the week with a great event for the whole family tomorrow (Saturday 12th) - "Timeless Wheels".

Pick up a map and quiz from one of the bike ships in Nelson CBD or from the Bicycle Nelson Bays gazebo in Founders Park from 2pm then Cycle, scooter or run along the Atawhai Shared Path to find the answers to the clues. Hand in your completed quiz at the BNB gazebo back at founders by 4pm and hang around for prize giving at 4:15.

Some great prizes have been donated from some of the local bike shops including Cyclelogical, UBike, Kelvin Cycles and Bike Barn and there are lots of spot prizes too.

Get Moving will be there to tune up your bike if you need it and don't forget to check out the new (old) bike display at Founders.

Extra prizes for best Past-Present-Future bicycle costumes !

Rediscovering your Childhood

John-Paul at 11yo with bike, brother and sister

There was a time when you didn't need a mountain bike to go off road or more than three gears to get up a hill.

This is me on top of Holcombe Hill near my home in Lancashire with my brother and sister. I remember this bike well. It had been my uncles and it wasn't new when he had it so I don't know how old it was. I loved it though, not so much for what it was but for where it could get me. Bikes were just part of growing up; it was how you got to your friends house, the sweet shop, the park, to school or just away from it all. It gave you independence and it's a childhood memory that many of us have in common.

Times have changed though and while some of us haven't stopped cycling and others are now rediscovering it, fewer children cycle now and many adults haven't cycled since they were a child. We thought therefore it might be nice to remind everybody what it was like for us growing up with the freedom, the fun and the health benefits that cycling gave you.

If you have a photograph of yourself with your bike from when you were a child please email it to us with a bit of background information (something about the bike and where the photograph was taken for example) and we'll post the image on our website and Facebook page.

If you don't have a digial version and you don't have a scanner you can just photograph the print with a digital camera or mobile phone (outside on a cloudy day works great).

Click here to see more photographs from other cyclists.

Common Sense on Shared Paths

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On Sunday I became a pedestrian on a shared cycle path. For me this is a very rare occurrence and, as I generally cycle most places, I felt very much like a fish out of water. I was walking because I'd left my bike behind to run down the path from the Honest Lawyer to photograph the people that were taking part in the Kiwiana Fun Ride. Once the riders in the event had passed, I started to make my way back to the start. As I walked back, my mood which had been very positive at seeing a wide range of people enjoying being out on the fun ride, turned sour.

Unfortunately this track (and I suspect others) seems to be viewed as a dedicated cycle track by a number of people, generally travelling way too fast to be using this shared facility. I felt extremely vulnerable walking back (more concerned for my camera than my own well-being if I'm honest) as cyclist after cyclist raced up behind me with no warning. A small movement to either side at the wrong moment and I would have been hit very hard by a cyclist travelling at what I suspect is close to 30km/h. At one point a female cyclist overtook me going so fast she was unable to slow down sufficiently for the corner and a family cycling the other way was forced off the path to avoid being hit. This behaviour is unacceptable and it threatens to undermine all the good work that is being achieved by the council and cycle groups.

Sharing these paths safely comes down to two common sense rules:

  • Warn other users as you approach from behind and slow down when passing
  • When approaching blind spots slow down, keep left and approach as though a cyclist or a walker is in the blind spot, possibly coming the other direction and on your side of the path

If you can't follow these rules stay off the shared paths, it's that simple !

What would 1000 cyclists look like ?

We're now less than 50 people off 1000 Likes ! Here is an idea of what that looks like (If you know the people in red, why not let them know about BNB) and we know that this still only represents a fraction of the people that cycle in our region... Imagine what it would look like if everybody got together for a photograph of the biggest gathering of cyclists ever seen in Nelson and then rode their bikes down the new St. Vincent Street cycle way... Yes, that's the plan but for it to work we need your help so please share this post and watch this space - we'll let you know where and when !

1000 People

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