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Heritage with a dose of exercise


An innovative mix of history and exercise took place in Onehunga as part of the Heritage Festival in October. Around 20 people joined Bike Onehunga’s inaugural History Ride, starting at the Onehunga Lagoon.

The ride was six kilometres long, and visited some of Onehunga’s most iconic buildings. It was designed for novice cyclists to enjoy, with plenty of stops along the way for everyone to get their breath back.

First stop was at the Carnegie Library, and old Post Office. Then up Onehunga Mall to the churches and St Joseph’s School, followed by Scotland House. The final stop was Jellicoe Park and the Blockhouse, before returning back to the lagoon.. Organiser Paula Luijken said, “We made sure we finished with a nice downhill run.”

There was just the one Sunday bike tour this year, but Paula says the response was so positive that there will definitely be more tours in future festivals. She added that they are also looking at longer and more challenging trails for experienced cyclists.

The history ride was just one of Bike Onehunga’s regular events, designed to encourage the social side of cycling. Other outings in October included a trip out to Puketutu Island, and a jaunt to the Sylvia Park markets. Paula is keen to point out that safety is paramount on all their trips, they use dedicated cycle paths as much as possible, and everyone goes at their own pace.

Bike Onehunga is part of the wider Bike Auckland network, which aims to get more people on two wheels. It is a volunteer group ehich works essentially as a social network for cyclists; whether you are just looking for fun rides to join, mountain biking or serious competitive racing, they can help put you in touch with the right people.

The group also offers advice and education about cycling, as well as lobbying the Council and Government for better facilities for cyclists. 

If you want to find out when and where they will be holding their fun rides this summer, go to the Bike Onehunga Facebook page.






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