Art Tour (Wellington)

PrintArt Ride

Wellington has got some incredible street art, and new pieces popping up all the time. Ever wondered who the artists are? What the pieces are about? We have.

So here it is: Two nights of a fun, guided bicycle tour of some of Wellington’s fabulous street art! Hosted by the charismatic and artistic guru Stephen Templar, we’ll weave through Wellington’s streets and laneways, stopping to learn about some of the creative splendours that colour the walls of the city. Everyone and anyone is welcome!

Dates are 15th and 19th March, meeting at Aro Park at 6:30pm. Bring a bike, a helmet, bike lights, and anything else to keep you comfy on our early evening to twilight meander.

*Cost is $10 and spaces are limited. Please reserve your spot by emailing frocksonbikes@gmail.com and let us know which night you’d like to come along!*

Thanks to Wellington City Council for your support and Stephen Templar for the amazing poster!

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Art Ride (Wellington)

UPDATED PAGE HERE: https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com/2017/03/06/art-tour-wellington/

 

The exciting details are still being worked out but here’s a teaser for the inaugural Frocks Street Art Ride…

When: 15th and 19th March (rain dates TBC)

What
:  A guided bicycle tour of Wellington’s finest street art. Bike ride around the city, stopping at 6-8 murals with artist commentary on what they are, who did them, and any other fascinating details.

Time
: TBC: 1.5 hours each evening.
Ride details:  TBC: Will meet at a location with good amount of space. The rest will be revealed on the day!

Review “Bikes vs Cars” (Sweden, 2015)

Frocks was lucky enough to be invited along to the opening and the panel discussion screenings of Bikes Vs Cars at the Bicycle Film Festival currently running at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. There’s one more bonus screening, this Saturday at 2.30pm. Catch it if you can. There’s also the Big Bike Film Night, on tonight, and other screenings worth catching. Check it all out here: http://www.ngataonga.org.nz/about/news/nzbff

Here’s a great review of Bikes Vs Cars written by Leah, who also spoke at the panel discussion:

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Bikes vs Cars was not as confrontational as I expected. It was somehow sad, frustrating, informative and uplifting all at once. It relays the personal experiences of Dan Koeppe living in LA and Aline Cavalcante living in Sao Paulo. Through their experiences and opinions about cars and cycling, the movie unveils the challenges of cycling around in large car-centric cities.  It reveals a number of interesting statistics about traffic jams, links between car companies and politics and the impacts of car driving on inhabitants of cities. There are some impressive images of intense traffic jams and extensive motorway systems from around the world that make Auckland’s Spaghetti Junction look minor.

Images of Aline making her way in-between lanes of traffic filled with fast moving and often swerving cars, buses and trucks are heart stopping. We learn that a close friend of Aline lost her life in the traffic of Paulista Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Sao Paulo. We accompany her on a vigil and protest ride in the rain to put up a ghost bike (bike painted white and installed on the side of the road) and spray paint a white cyclist on the road. For a little shock value, we also learn that another cyclist got his arm torn off by a car also along Paulista Avenue. The car driver did not stop but drove on for 5 miles to drop off a friend and then dropped the arm in a creek.  These stories and the related statistics about deaths from cycling are sobering.

Dan talks about how as a cyclist, LA is not the best city to live in: 70% of the land in LA either in use as roads or car parking. We accompany Dan as he tries to track down remnants of the historic California Cycleway which was intended to link Pasadena to LA. Only ever partially completed, the trails demise could be pinned to LA’s love affair with the car.  

We learn about ‘Carmegeddon’, anticipated traffic chaos when it is announced that 10 miles of Interstate 405 in LA will be closed for road works over a weekend in 2011. There is so much hype in the media that people stayed off the roads that weekend. We follow a cyclist as he enjoys a rare ride around quiet smog free streets, ironically with moving oil rigs in the background.  
 

Returning to images of severe traffic jams in Sao Paulo, we hear Professor Raquel Rolnik argue that traffic jams are part of the solution because it gives a good reason to invest in alternative modes. In New Zealand’s case its true. This government invests in cycling and other alternative modes because of the congestion relief benefits.   
 

The film leaves you with a clear sense that change is needed. Statements like: biking is like swimming with the sharks, or, ‘I wish I had the nerve to ride a bike’ make viewers realise they don’t want people biking in their cities to have this experience.  Aline discusses the sense of entitlement that car drivers have to the road. She pulls out one of the best lines of the film ‘you own the car not the street’.  Thankfully, and after some effort on the part of Aline and her friends who talk to council about the situation, Paulista Avenue gets a new cycleway. It is opened in 2015 amid media claims that Sao Paulo is becoming bike friendly. Let’s hope it is the beginning of the end of ghost bikes. 

Wellington Summer Rides

This summer we’ve got a bunch of fun stuff lined up. Keep an eye on our facebook page for all the latest details (you can also ‘subscribe’ to events – see image below for a ‘how to’) or email us at frocksonbikes@gmail.com.

Save these dates:

 

January 20th, Wednesday: Gardens Magic Ride 

We’ll meet on the waterfront and ride up to listen to the Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band at the Botanic Gardens ‘Gardens Magic’ events. We will take a gradual route up Bowen Street. Bring along a picnic blanket, food for dinner and a drink you like! You could get some of Wellington’s best takeaway Pizza from Costra Nostra located in the Thorndon shops. We will enjoy a picnic together on the flat lawn by the Soundshell. The band starts at 8. Bring a warm layer too. It tends to get cold by 8!
When? Wednesday, 20th Jan, meet at 5.45pm
W
here? Meet at Kupe statue on the waterfront (on the ocean side of the Boatshed and the Star Rowing Club) and ride to Botanic Gardens.

Join the facebook event to be kept up to date.

 

February 14th: Love to Roll

Frocks on Bikes is pleased to invite you along to our annual date ride around the bays! This year we are riding to the Island Bay Festival so Lovers to Roll can check out the new Island Bay cycleway on their way home!
Wear your classy date threads and bring someone you love (to be with) – a partner, a friend, flatmate, brother, sister, mother, son, daughter, or even your pet!
Meet at Freyberg Beach at 12 noon – we’ll cruise in a leisurely fashion around the bays to the Island Bay Festival.

March 4th: #Friding ride

What’s Friding? It’s riding your bike, on a Friday – just because we can. Date TBC but likely to be the first Friday of March, if it’s fine. We’ll choose the route and destination closer to the time, depending on wind direction, and whether the desire for ice cream or refreshing beverages is stronger!
Meet somewhere on the waterfront around 5ish (TBC) . Ride for about 30-40min, followed by cafe/ice cream/drinks stop.

March 27th: Easter Frocknic by the Sea

Take the train to Paekakariki and cycle along Te Ara o Whareroa, the new section of paved trail through the Queen Elizabeth Park. We will find a spot for lunch. There’ll almost certainly be an Easter themed scavenger hunt. You can choose to return to Paekakariki after lunch, or continue along the trail to Raumati South.

We’ll stop at the Raumati Social Club for a refreshment. Return through Queen Elizabeth Park in time to catch the 3:45 (approx) train back to Wellington.

When? Sunday, March 27th, at 10.15am
RSVP to frocksonbikes@gmail.com – essential as we can’t book train space, but we can warn them they’ll need extra room!

Christmas Shopping by Bike (Wellington)

Pre-Christmas boutique shopping by bike: Take a tour of sustainable and design oriented boutiques in Cuba Street, Berhampore and Island Bay to find some Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Compulsory cafe stop to start and finish! Get your pannier bags, racks and baskets sorted for carrying those gifts home.

When: Saturday, 5th December, from 1pm til 3.30ish

Where: Start at Milk Crate cafe for coffee then we’ll shop on Cuba Street and in Berhampore and Island Bay

Join the facebook event for more updates