Bike Kaipatiki will be at the Birkenhead pump track with freebees and free bike safety checks from noon to 4pm.

Come on down, whether you show off your mad skills or just have a go the day is all about fun and keeping the wheels spinning.

Sunday 12 June - Birkenhead War Memorial Park - 11 AM

Bike Kaipātiki provided mechanical support and information to riders at the Kaipātiki Local Boards opening of the pump track in Birkenhead War Memorial Park.

Organised by KCFT and the Kaipātiki Youth Board the opening had a bouncy castle, free sausages and refreshments, loan bikes as well as some pro riders on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the track.

One estimate had attendance at 250 bikes and it was encouraging to see riders of all ages giving it a go.  Riders of the future were well represented and the weather held providing an excellent family mid-winter weekend activity.

Pump tracks are designed primarily for BMX riders and features a series of twists, turns and humps for riders to ride, jump and navigate.  The pro riders certainly demonstrated how to use the track to its full advantage demonstrating various tricks before finishing the first bracket with a backflip.

Bike Kaipātiki members talked to a number of people in the crowd and sorted out a lot of bikes and scooters with bells.  On hand in the Gazebo we had a range of information for people looking for places to ride as well as the usual assortment of giveaways and our new promotional material.

On the 15th of May about a dozen people, including a couple of KLB members descended upon Tongue and Groove Café for the first Bike Kaipātiki coffee meetup.

It was good to meet people face to face and share ideas around the table.

We came away from that session with a list of tasks and items to either acquire or campaign for:

Information:
Add information on how/where to report problems on the Bike Kaipatiki Facebook page and website
Run a Bike Tribe quiz on the Bike Kaipātiki Facebook page (multi-select) to gauge the interests of our members
Get a domain name – BikeKaipātiki.nz ?
Set up an email address for Bike Kaipātiki
Set up a blog centric website
Set up Mailchimp for non-Facebook members
Get cloud storage enabled.
Consider local board grants and similar to fund events
Consider local board quick response grants for teardrop flags

Events & Activities:
Run group rides and encourage bubs on bikes
More information on where to ride including family safe areas
Learn to ride courses
Electric bike test day(s) – consider Bike Lab

Safety:
Roundabout safety
Intersection with Albany Highway and Upper Harbour Drive
Traffic calming on school routes

Looking to the future:
Collect data to help agencies and Local Board
Work with Kay Condon and Birkenhead Business Association to build links and encourage cycling as an alternative through market parking and other initiatives

Future meetups will aim to report back on or progress these items.

On Saturday the 2nd of April Bike Kaipātiki set up three gazebos on the lawn near the cycle tracks in Onepoto domain. This was part of a bigger series of Bike Auckland Bike Burbs events run mostly that weekend.

With the group we had a BigFoot Adventures mechanic and Mista Barista Coffee courtesy of Auckland Transport.

The cycle track was busy all day with several birthday parties using it as an activity. We were lucky with the weather and our mechanic was popular and was kept busy throughout the day.   Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable day and it was great to have a chance to talk to many parents about the group.