➳ Hiking has really swept me off my feet. The continuous chatter of every-day life just trickles away and I feel weightless in the vigilant company of the wildlife all around me, and the trees and their timeless existence. Realizing the importance of these environments and how it affects my consciousness and choices in said every-day life, really makes it worth carrying forward.
Where are you going? I’ve just arrived at Holm on K Rd, which is a little co-working space where you can sit and grab a good coffee while you work on your computer.
What are you wearing? T-shirt, denim skirt, and vegan boots.
Tell us about your bike… I have a green Linus cruiser style bike that has a bit of a vintage look to it, which is exactly what I knew that I wanted, but I have it with a Lekkie electronic conversion kit. I did a lot of research for over a year before I bought it, trying to find something that was the best fit for me, that had the style that I wanted, and the right amount of power. A big issue for me was the fact that I actually live in a house bus. I travel around with the bike, and I need to be able to lift the bike onto the house bus. Most electric bikes are quite heavy, and the combination of the Linus and the Lekkie allow me to have something that I could actually lift once I remove the battery.
Why ride? It’s just the best. It’s a way to get some exercise - I spend a lot of my life sitting in front of a computer for the work that I do. Also the house bus is not so easy to drive into city centres, so I park it up and then use the bike as my transport to get around.
Favourite ride? Usually with music and friends! At Christmas, some friends and I decorated our bikes with tinsel and baubles, dressed up in silly costumes and strapped a boombox to the back of one of the bikes and rode around to other friends’ houses to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer.
While riding you…? Tend to people watch - I love it, and it’s really easy to do when riding a bicycle.
How can Auckland improve infrastructure or be more bike friendly? I do think Auckland is doing a lot of things to try to encourage biking. I just went to the Myers Park festival on the weekend and they actually had VIP concierge bike parking! I think more bike parking in general around the city would be great, often it’s actually really hard to find somewhere to lock your bike up.