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Event a change to cycle across bridge
Busway bike: Families can again cycle along the Northern Busway in November.
Bridge ride: Cyclists cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge which had lanes sealed
off from traffic by a queue of buses.
Pedal power takes over the Auck-
land Harbour Bridge and Northern
Busway on November 10.
That s when both open up again
to cyclists for the MS Bike the
It will provide challenges for
pedallers of all ages, from serious
cyclists to children and toddlers.
This year the finishing line for all
events -- and the hub of the Cycling
Festival -- will be the North Har-
The most popular route in the
event, especially among families, is
expected to be the Pedal Auckland
20km ride from the city to the
stadium via the bridge and busway.
More serious cyclists can set their
sights on the 115km Clip-on Chal-
lenge. This includes the harbour
bridge and a loop through River-
head, Coatesville, Waitoki and
Dairy Flat before finishing at the
stadium. There s also a 50km Clip-
on Challenge, which takes in the
harbour bridge, Albany and
Secondary school students have
their own divisions in these events.
A Primary School Challenge and
Toddler s Fun Ride will be set up in
and around the stadium, which will
support Auckland Transport s
initiative of a month of cycling
activities in Auckland schools.
Previously called the Telstra-
Clear Challenge, the cycle day has a
new partner, the Multiple Sclerosis
Auckland Region Trust which will
benefit from money raised.
It s a privilege to again give
Aucklanders and visitors the chance
to ride over the harbour bridge --
and tackle the busway -- free of traf-
fic, event organiser Callum NcNair
Bridge rider numbers are limited.
Go to bikethebridge.co.nz to enter.
Earthships creator in NZ
Sustainable home: American architect Michael Reynolds is coming to New Zealand.
Go to northharbournews.co.nz and
click Latest Edition to watch the
Garbage Warrior trailer and a New
Zealand Earthship interview with
By KATASHA McCULLOUGH
It s a home that provides its own
power, food, water and sanitation and
it s completely made of tyres, beer bot-
tles and other recycled materials.
The sustainable houses, known as
Earthships, were invented by Amer-
ican architect Michael Reynolds.
He is in New Zealand to host two
seminars thanks to Platform One
Foundation and Waiata Artists Trust.
Platform One director Dana Darwin
says Kiwis have a great opportunity to
embrace true sustainability.
It s time to embrace the most inte-
grated and sustainable technologies
available and to live harmoniously
within our natural eco-systems and
Mr Reynolds says he is excited about
coming to Auckland.
Earthships use solar power and the
roof structure allows water to drain off
into cisterns to be filtered.
The average operating cost of an
Earthship over a year is US$100.
Mr Reynolds fight to build
self-sufficient communities was
documented in the 2007 film Garbage
It follows him over three years as he
constructs Earthships in India, Mexico
and the United States.
Mr Reynolds visited Christchurch in
March to explore how Earthships
could be used in the earthquake
He plans to return to New Zealand
next year to build an Earthship on
Mr Reynolds seminars Radically
Sustainable Architecture: Introduction
to Earthships and Advanced Systems
Class: Earthship integrated design
and utility systems are at 7pm to
8.30pm today and tomorrow.. Both are
in the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre
Building at Massey University s
Tickets are $30 for general
admission, $25 for groups, $20 for
students or $50 for both seminars.
Proceeds will go to Waiata Artists Trust
to help pay for Mr Reynolds' trip to
Auckland. Visit earthship.co.nz to book.
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