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 !
Some people may know of Steven Muir, a passionate cycle advocate in Christchurch and winner of CAN's 'Cycling Champion of the Year' award in 2012. Several years ago he ran an annual 'Supermarket Challenge' which challanged cyclists and car drivers to pick up various items from supermarkets around town in the shortest time. He was also involved in workshops helping people create their own cycle trailers and still continues to sell trailer kits. Instructions on building a range of different trailers yourself can be found on his website (http://www.cycletrailers.co.nz/html/instructions.html). He's also been involved in Icecycles which amongst other things has fixed up and given out around 200 bikes to those in need of one.
When I lived in Christchurch Steven and I cycled a lot together but it's been many years since we caught up. This weekend however Steven came to visit on his way to the Abel Tasman and with only one afternoon to introduce him to mountain biking in Nelson I suggested that we rode the Coppermine.
It was a stunning day and The Coppermine did not disappoint despite my lack of fitness and the track being the roughest I've seen it for a long time (presumably due to the race a couple of weeks ago) as well as the obligatory puncture. This ride is certainly a challenge and it would be a mistake to underestimate it and attempt it without being prepared in terms of clothing (the weather can change quite dramatically) as well as equipment and water. The sight of two children that couldn't have been more than 10 years old on their small mountain bikes as we approached the saddle was however testament to the fact that this ride is quite accessible and is within the reach of anybody with moderate fitness and confidence in cycling over rocky terrain.
If you just had one afternoon to showcase Nelson to a cyclists from out of town, where would you take them ?
We had a really impressive turnout at the BNB film night last night including several councilors and council staff. It is very encouraging to get this level of support.
Thanks to everybody that came along. Thanks in particular to Julie Anne Genter for her talk and to Rhys Palmer for giving the councils perspective and helping to answer a number of really good questions after the film. As Julie Anne pointed out, while the money available to spend on cycling infrastructure is a drop in the ocean compared to what is being spent on maintaining roads and building new ones it is good to hear that our council is focusing on walking and cycling where possible and that by national standards we're doing well.
We will almost certainly do this again so watch this space ! If you want to be added to our mailing list and be notified of the next film night as well as other events that are coming up please contact us and/or follow our Facebook page.
Thanks very much to The Boathouse for allowing us to host the event there, in particular thanks to Ali helping us to promote the event, set everything up as well as serving at the bar. Thanks also to Cycological for the generous donation of a cycle helmet for the photo competition (the winner will be posted shortly).