Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

After one of the warmest winters on record, spring has finally arrived… along with some wet and wild weather. We’ve got a heaping helping of spring activity to get you back on your (w)heels. read on…

PARK(ing) Day on next wednesday (weather permitting)

On PARK(ing) Day each year, people round the world temporarily transform single street-side car parks into better things – like real, little parks, games spaces, public lounges, music areas, lunch spots…

What’s going on?

PARK(ing) Day is about the fact that cities are built for people, yet large swaths of urban space are dedicated to storing private vehicles. Large areas of city streets – including Wellington – are taken up by private cars that people park then walk away from.

How much cooler would our cities be if we could all use some of that space for free, public, attractive and fun things?

This year it’s (rescheduled for) Wednesday 25th September, and Wellington is in on it again! Wellington Sculpture Trust are the umbrella organiser coordinating with the City Council, and there are parks all over the city they’ve set aside from 8am til 8pm (during metered parking hours) for PARK(ing) Day.

Frocks and like-minded groups are creating two PARKs on Lower Cuba Street that demonstrate the efficiency of bike parking vs car parking, and celebrate how urban cycling is for everyone! Pop in and visit!

Here’s a link to the map and more (we’re number 12!)

If the weather turns nasty, it may be cancelled – updates on our facebook page.

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Family Friendly City Fun Ride and Open Streets Day

All over the world people are opening up their streets for people to enjoy free of cars.

Join the first ever Open Streets event in Wellington CBD on Dixon Street and Lower Cuba between 1-4pm on Sunday 22 September.

Recapture the joy of playing in the street.

Bring your deck chairs, hopscotch and hacky sack, roller blades and bikes- plus your friends and family and transform the street scape.

This Sunday 22nd September, 12pm midday –
Ride from Parliament steps to Lower Cuba St via the waterfront. We will arrive at Lower Cuba Street to enjoy Open Street Sunday where Dixon and Lower Cuba St’s will be closed off for us to play!! Check out more details about the Family Ride HERE

Sounds pretty darn good to us! More info (and cancellations) about Open Street day on the facebook page.

Let’s get Political

Frocks on Bikes is proudly apolitical… we won’t tell you how to vote if you don’t tell us how to ride a bike in heels! 😉

But, seeing as local body elections are coming up, we think it’s worth making cycling an issue. The more people are talking about it (and asking questions, sending emails, signing petitions, etc), the more all the councillors and candidates will take cycling seriously. This is win-win for us – segregated cycle lanes are awesome, (as those of you who have experienced them overseas will know) and will get more people cycling, which makes it safer for everyone.

So what can you do?

  • Email councillors and those standing for council (scroll down for the list*) councillors tell them that YOU want them as councillors to (list quoted from the Love Cycling page);
  1. Have safe cycle routes to all schools and cycle lanes on all main recreational and commuter routes.
  2. Increase off road options for recreation and commuting that integrate with on road options.
  3. Dedicate a level of financial and human resources that reflect the popularity of biking and is equitable to that given to other transport, recreation and cultural infrastructure
  4. Allocate $24 per head in 2014 to improving cycling infrastructure(to see what WCC currently spends per head)

*Mayor and Councillors are listed at
http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/mayor-and-councillors

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Upcoming events…

We’ve got two great events coming up.

First up, we’re hooking up with the lovely gals at Wenches with Wrenches to tune up your bikes for Spring.

Who are these Wenches, you ask?
“Wenches With Wrenches is an afternoon of bike fixing, sharing knowledge, talking about cycling, socialising and tea drinking, hosted by some of the women mechanics at the Tempest. Just for those who are female-identifed or who fall somewhere on the queer/gay/trans/intersex/genderqueer/etc rainbow.”

Pencil in the 2nd of October for some awesome greasy bike fixin!

If you want to book your spot send us an email: frocksonbikes

Can’t wait? Check out their website for more info and opening times to get your bike fixed up sooner: Wenches with Wrenches

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14 November 2013 – Save the date!
Frocks on Bikes presents “Wheel Stylish” – an evening of fashion in motion
We’ll be at a new venue, with new amazing fashion, and on new fabulous wheels, with awesome drinks and nibbles. It’s the bike fashion show of the year!

If you want to get involved in Wheel Stylish (as a model, designer or backstage helper) let us know.

Check out frocksonbikes to reserve your tickets

Breakaway Festival of Cycling is on in Upper Hutt

Lots of events throughout September. Check out the details here: http://www.breakaway.org.nz/

Website

Our website has moved on permanently. These days you can find us here:
https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com or on frocksonbikes.com

That’s all from us this time. Enjoy those evenings as they get longer and warmer… summer is right around the corner! In the meantime, join us on facebook, be sure to follow us on twitter and browse our website for more frockin’ inspiration.

Frock on!
Nicky, Bella, Leah, Christina & Hilleke

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