Author(s): Catherine Smith
Auckland Transport has clocked 13,500 cyclists on Auckland roads and dedicated cycleways and according to Cycle Action New Zealand (CAN), there are around 750,000 cyclists in New Zealand. Cycling is an excellent way to get back in touch with nature and your local community. Whether you want to keep fit, get around town quickly and sustainably or you fancy the Eurpoean-style of urban biking and the Frocks on Bikes trend - Cycling Auckland has everything you need to get going. There are tips, illustrations and practical information about buying a bike and getting started, buying second-hand bikes, finding the right bikes for kids and accessing the right clothing and accessories. Cycling Auckland also includes 19 of the best routes and cycleways to ride around Auckland, urban and suburban, with detailed maps and descriptions. There are also links and useful websites to access resources, safety information, riding groups, blogs, organisations and venues. This guide is perfect for the social rider and novice. Catherine Smith approaches her subject with enthusiasm, to encourage readers to give up four wheels for two and bring back the kind of social riding from our childhoods: pleasurable cycling around the neighbourhood without all the complicated gears and logistics.
Catherine Smith is a keen cyclist and the editor for the popular Herald Weekend Life supplement. She was the editor for Simply You Living for 6 years and deputy editor for Simply You from 2009. In 2006 she wrote Home Staging in New Zealand, and she has contributed with writing and styling on a number of publications, including Your Home and Garden and She magazines.