Biketober continues…

Dear friends

The second half of October continues with lots of great cycling events and rides. Check out the newsletter for just some of the activities on offer.

As always, please let me know if you no longer wish to receive these emails.

Meg

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Biketober Friends on Bikes Newsletter_no 2.pdf

Biketober and Friends on Bikes

Hey Friends on Bikes

There are loads of cycling things coming your way throughout Biketober. So many that I will send out another newsletter in a couple of weeks’ time to remind you of more good stuff in the second half of Biketober. Check out the Rave opening event (finishing off with dancing and free Rollickin Gelato ice-cream), free try outs at the velodrome at Denton Park, cycle tours around the red zone and more.

On another note, and very coincidently, around the time we were asking you about out name change the Frocks groups in Auckland and Wellington were having a similar crisis of identity. About 12 of us from around the country convened on zoom last week to discuss whether we collectively take on a new name, keeping the kaupapa tho. While Connie and I are very keen to keep our name “Friends on Bikes”, as voted by you, we may have an extra by-line name, shared by all former frocks groups to unite us- keeping us very much same but different. Watch this space!

Meg

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Biketober Friends on Bikes Newsletter_1.pdf

The Mish Ride is ON this Sunday

Kia ora e hoa (Hi friends)

Friends on Bikes are going ahead with The Mish Ride on Sunday under level 2. This will mean that we ask you to wear masks and socially distance from each other. We now have a Friends on Bikes QR code for recording who is participating but please scan into Beat Street Café and any other places we stop at for any significant time.

For those who want to, we’ll take leave Beat Streets Cafe at around 11.50am to take part in the Suffrage anniversary at the Kate Sheppard Memorial. This is a warm up to our November themed ride which is ALL about Kate Sheppard. More info about that is to come! Just be mindful that if there are more than 100 people gathering at the Kate Sheppard Memorial we may opt to go on the other side of the river. They have implified sound so we should still be able to hear.

Nga mihi nui

Meg, Connie and some of the team from The Mish

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Friends on Bikes September2021 Newsletter.pdf

Our Frocks name change and September rides…Covid levels permitting!

Dear Friends and formally Frocks on Bikes members

We consulted with you about our name and Connie and I are pleased to announce that the verdict is out: We’re now FRIENDS on Bikes. Most people felt “Frocks” was a bit dated and “Folks” got the thumbs down being somewhat old foggy, un-kiwi – racist even! Unbeknown to us at the same time, our Wellington group are also having a discussion about their name, but they are going all clever and trialling “BeSpoke”. I guess cycling in Wellington is a pretty one-off experience, lol.

If Covid levels permit, we have 2 fantastic September Feature Rides this month. Thanks again to Dawn for planning another Hops and Spokes ride and the team at the Mish for taking us on their café pick up route.

Lastly, it was great to see some of you out on the very sad occasion of the memorial ride for Olivia Podmore on the Saturday before lockdown. If there had been enough time I would have promoted it to this group. It was a very powerful coming together of people with a love of cycling and solidarity and support for people bereaved by her suicide. The peloton stretched, 2-deep, for about a kilometre along the causeway and the vehicular traffic was very kind and courteous, even if the weather wasn’t!

Happy Level 4 riding, friends

Meg and Connie

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Friends on Bikes September2021 Newsletter.pdf

Solstice event and Hot Pools Ride

Dear Frocks, friends and folks

Connie and I have decided to let the polling run for another month before making the call to change our name or not. There is an outspoken minority who are NOT happy with a name change so this makes for a nuanced and cautious democratic process. Thank you to the 17 of you who have emailed in with your thoughts and opinions and votes.

Two rides are coming up- the perennial Solstice ride is next Monday 21 June (although my pedantic husband saw that the solstice falls on 20 June this year). Monday’s ride is on no matter what the weather throws at us. We did it in sleet one year! No prizes this year, your reward is just a happy glow from within 🙂

We also have a ride out to the New Brighton Hot pools on 3 July. Book early as the closer it gets the more likely they will be sold out. You can also book for the 3.15pm session (it’s the same session as the 3pm one, but it’s a way to ease congestion in the changing rooms- Covid or not). Thank you to Ann who organised this ride/swim/meal out option.

Yah, winter is almost half over, that is, the dark gloomy mornings and evenings are on the turn- the coldest weather is yet to come!

Meg, Connie and Ann

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July 2021 Frocks on Bikes Newsletter.pdf

June’s newsletter and proposed new Frocks branding

Dear Frock Folk

Connie and I have been thinking about our branding.

When Frocks on Bikes launched in Christchurch in 2009 our name was quirky and eye-catching, feminine and revolutionary. We were actively reaching out to women and “non-athlete- types”, and extolling the benefits of riding in everyday clothing. From the start we welcomed men in blokey, normal clothing so that rides didn’t become a side show of guys wearing tutus and fish nets.

In Christchurch the gender gap is reducing faster than anywhere else in the country with I believe about a 52%-48% split between men and women respectively. Anecdotally I see more and more people cycling in everyday clothing to get the office or the shops. While numbers at Frocks events show a desire to continue having social rides, how relevant is our brand “Frocks on Bikes” in Christchurch in 2021?

Open June’s newsletter to check out our proposed new name. Don’t like it? Well, tell us your idea for a better one! And if you do like it, YOU get to choose the banner by voting for A, B, C or D. If you’re a graphic designer creative you can even put forward a whole new name and/or graphic. We’d love to get your feedback, people!

Our old Frocks kaupapa remains the same: we’re still about health, having fun, connecting with each other, travelling sustainably and being kind to the planet, saving money and discovering new places to ride. But it may be time for a branding change…you decide! I should add that being democratic is important to us 😊

In the meantime, Connie and I will be staffing a stand at the Sustainable Transport Expo at Turanga this Sunday 30 May 1-4pm (all info in newsletter). We’ll be promoting Christchurch’s new bike library trailer, our community bike workshops, Biketober, Bike Bridge, the supported purchase of bikes, cycle trailers, sign ups for Spokes. Others will be promoting cargo bikes and e-bikes and who knows what else in the cycling world. Do pop in to say hi if you’re in town.

Meg

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Frocks on Bikes Newsletter June 2021 .pdf

Frocks on Bikes May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Frocks on Bikes members

May’s feature ride is a train-bike/train combo that we did a few years ago. A big thanks to Frocker and Weka Pass Railway enthusiast Christine who has once again organised the amazing vintage Weka Pass train ride for us. However, there are 2 very important things you should be aware of:

1. RSVP-ing to meg.christie@cdhb.health.nz is ESSENTIAL! You cannot simply just turn up at Waipara and expect to get on the train as there wont be room! The train can only cater for 20 bikes. If you RSVP to me and then realise you can’t make it, please let me know and I can reallocate your place.

2. DON’T book on-line. For this trip you must pay for your ticket(s) at the station on the day.

All details are in the newsletter. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times and able to do the ride in time to catch the return train…unless you want to ride back to Waipara!

Meg and Connie

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May 2021 Frocks on Bikes Newsletter.pdf

Frocks on Bikes April Newsletter

Dear Frocks on Bikers

We have a couple of really lovely rides coming up for you this month as we pass through autumn and head into the colder seasons.

Some of you went on the huge 300+ riders 2019 Peace Train ride. This year’s event (next Sunday!!) will be smaller, more intimate but just as interesting. Choose one of 4 rides and get prepared to be enlightened about Baha’i, Sikh, Sri Chinmoy and more.

Then, later in April on Anzac Day, we’re re-riding the Passchendaele Trail. That is, Connie will be there- I’m off "riding" the Old Ghost Road. But in reality I’ll just be taking my mountain bike for a long bush walk 🙂

Meg

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April 2021 Frocks on Bikes Newsletter.pdf

Frocks on Bikes March Newsletter

Dear Frockers

Changing levels must be an event manager’s worst nightmare…apart from catching Covid, that is!

By Sunday we may be back to level 1 but at this stage it looks like, under level 2, the Shabby Chic market is open. If frockers feel they cannot safely keep the 2 m social distancing at the market please don’t feel obliged to go in. Wearing a mask to adds another layer of protection.

If we don’t end up going into the market, there is still plenty to see at the community garden and a nice place to rest and chat…and it’s much easier to keep a safe distance from each other!

If we’re under level 2 Frockers are encouraged to wear masks during the ride. A prize of courgettes for the best mask!

Hand sanitiser will be available for your convenience prior to lunch.

Thank you to Ann Vanschevensteen who organised this month’s ride!

Meg, Connie and Ann

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March 2021 Frocks on Bikes Newsletter.pdf

Upcoming rides in February

Tēnā koutou Frockers

Thank you to those who came along for our planning coffee morning last week. We now have a bit of a plan for the next 6 months riding. Check out our calendar, attached. This is not to say we can’t do other stuff, just let us know what you want to do!

After February’s newsletter came out, we (Frocks on Bikes) were invited for a social ride on the Northern Corridor Shared Path. The ride leaves from Rutland Street at 11am Sat 21st February. As per calendar, we’ll have a Frocks ride on the Northern Corridor Shared Path in August as hopefully by then the route will be completed all the way into Kaiapoi.

Remember tomorrow, Waitangi Day, we’re riding to Blueberry Bliss. You can start with the group at Westlake in Halswell at 9am or from Hartnels in Prebbleton at 10am. You could even join me for a brisk ride from Victoria Lake, Hagley Park leaving at 8.30am after I finish parkrun! Don’t forget to BYO pottles.

The following Saturday is the Bike Gang ride out to the Nostalgia Festival. Join in a ride near you:
Coastal Pathway: Departs 11:30am from the Surf Club (beachside)
Papanui Parallel: Departs 10:50am from Rutland St Park
Heathcote Express: Departs 11:30am from Turanga (Colombo St)
UniCycle: Departs 11:00am from Mona Vale (Maitai Street)
Rapanui: Departs 12:00pm from Linwood Park (playground)
Opawaho Heathcote River: Departs 11:00am from Roker St (Barrington St)

Finally, while Frocks is NOT an advocacy group, I do encourage you to write a submission supporting the proposed Wings to Wheels plan. This is a much needed safe route for people wanting to travel by bike to the airport and in the north east of our city. There is a lot of opposition, reiterating many of the complaints the other major cycleways have generated. The submission process closes off on 22 February.

Meg

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Frocks on Bikes Calendar_Feb to August 2021.pdf