You are invited to share your own wheeled pedestrian story.

Calling all Wheeled Pedestrians! How are you doing? I’ve decided to, figuratively speaking, lick my finger and hold it up to the breeze to try and get a gauge on how things are progressing. So I’ve decided to throw out an invitation, both here in New Zealand and abroad, to anyone who embraces the ‘wheeled pedestrian’ philosophy.

If you’ve got a story to tell and would like to inspire and/or educate others, here’s your chance. Send it to me and I will publish it on this site.

If you’re interested or a little bit curious, read on…

‘Cycling’ is sport and recreation. ‘Riding a bicycle’ is everyday activity. No sweat.

Get involved via: Twitter, FacebookFlickrVine or Instagram.

The criteria:

Your story needs to convey the message that the bicycle is perfect for those short, utility type journeys.

We know how motorists can lack the awareness of the envelope of danger that they can project but we don’t want to focus on that aspect in this case.

Try to include aspirational imagery that conveys how wonderful the act of riding a bicycle can be.

You may want to include an element of ‘culture jamming’ in your story, but that’s not essential.

It needs to convey the essence of what this site is all about.

If you are still not sure, have a look at the wheeled pedestrian manifesto here and here.

I think it’s pretty clear that this is not an opportunity for tyre kicking or an analysis of bicycle infrastructure. It’s a chance to inspire with your personal success stories. Stories in which the bicycle does not necessarily need to be the main character.

The setting will be urban. The ride will be slow and comfortable. It will be about the journey, the relationships, the sights and sounds. Go easy on the safety equipment. There are plenty of sites that cater for sports and recreation.

I’m happy to assist with editing and stuff. And remember, less is more. A picture paints a 1000 words.

Finally, you can remain anonymous if you prefer.

You can find my contact details here.

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3 comments

  1. My ride.

    Ride along Great North Rd and K road. Past the Hospital and left into The Domain.
    Pick some brugmansia angel trumpets near the flower gardens, sit for a bit by the fish ponds, and take a sqizz of the exotic and wonderful plants and flowers in the solarium.
    Climb up the hill to the museum and admire the views of the harbour, take shirt off roll up pants cause I’m warm, and get 15min of sun on the chest and legs.
    Bail before security freaks out completely, and then a fast downhill thru Parnell via Gladestone Rd, stop at the Rose Gardens and lie on the grass downwind from the white roses, they have the best scent.

    Into the city via Quay St, to the end of the wharf and see who is catching fish. Sniff the breeze to catch the smell of weed from smoking city dwellers, watch some lovers smooching, then thru The Viaduct to Westhaven to admire boats and dream of pacific cruising.

    Back into the city via Ports of Auckland Streets, and up Queen St [absorbing vibes] to Aotea square, then behind Town Hall and climb up to k Road via Greys Ave with all the nice plain trees. Or climb via Myers park with all the large trees there.

    Cool off on K Road by doing some shopping for cheep veges at the Chinese supermarket, if lucky score some op shop bargain at red cross, then head home.

    Go to woah, 90 minutes of many close to home pleasure’s.

    Priceless. Who needs to go on vacation?

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    1. @Gonzo Can I suggest that you turn your comment into a proper blog post? It would work as a photo story with just a caption or 2 to to provide context. Some of our overseas readers would love a personal tour of the city. Do you have a camera? Snap some photos on your journey and let the images do the talking. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to take photos. The morning is good cos there are less cars about. The offer is there if you want to think about it. 🙂

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