WHAT THE FROCK?! Frock-busting the big myths about cycling in Auckland:
Too hilly? Looks are deceiving! Most Auckland roads are pleasantly manageable. We ride at our own speed and barely break a sweat tootling up College Hill in first gear. We arrive at our destination with a fetching blush to our cheeks.
Too rainy? We can count on one hand the number of times we’ve gotten drenched while out cycling in Auckland. (The former North Shore City Council did the numbers: if you rode to work every day of the year, you’d only get wet on a dozen of those days.)
Too inconvenient? We love our lycra-clad sport-cycling brothers and sisters, but we have no need for a shower and a change of clothes by the time we get to work. The point of Frocking is to be able to ride from A to B in your fabulous everyday clothes. Plus, we can always find a park (and we don’t have to pay for it).
Not safe? While Auckland’s roads can definitely do with improvements, there’s interesting driver psychology in play when more women are cycling in “ordinary” clothes. A UK study showed drivers are more likely to slow down around female urban cyclists (or at least a bloke wearing a long, blonde wig!), and give them a wider berth when passing. This heightened attention to courtesy pays off for everyone on the road.
In other words, there has been never been a better time to ride.
For more information please contact Nic Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 110 7148.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Frocks on Bikes https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com
Metro article featuring Janette Sadik-Khan, by Gemma Gracewood http://metromag.co.nz/city-life/urban-design/bikebetter-auckland-could-we-do-what-new-york-did/
Scientific America article on women as “indicator species” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/getting-more-bicyclists-on-the-road/ Mentions Janette Sadik-Khan: “A woman cyclist became head of the [Department of Transportation], and wonderful things started happening.”
Fantastic historical photographs of New Zealand women on bikes from the National Library of NZ archives – some of the original Frockers
- Flo and Adele Avery with the first two bicycles in New Plymouth. McArthurs Auction: Photographs of early drawings and paintings of Taranaki, and photographs of Hawke’s Bay, Greymouth and others. Ref: PA1-o-405-14. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23162057
- Edith Marion Collier and E M Davis. Collier, Dorothy (Miss), fl 1979: Photographs relating to Edith Marion Collier. Ref: 1/2-092968-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22785904
- Unidentified women with bicycles, probably in the Taranaki Region. McAllister, James, 1869?1952: Negatives of Stratford and Taranaki district. Ref: 1/1-012665-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22349213
- Unidentified women, with bicycles in a garden, probably Christchurch district. Maclay, Adam Henry Pearson, 1873?1955: Negatives. Ref: 1/1-023715-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/29943207