21 April 2022

Bike hub opens on Tāmaki Makaurau waterfront

Bike hub opens on Tāmaki Makaurau waterfront

Exploring and enjoying your waterfront has just got easier with the opening of a new bike hub! We’ve just welcomed EcoMatters Bike Hubs – who’ve helped fix over 10,000 bikes in just a few years – to Queens Wharf in response to our city’s love of cycling.

This award-winning initiative already has locations in New Lynn, Henderson and Glen Innes, and due to the stunning success of these hubs, EcoMatters have brought one to your waterfront with a bustling celebration. As bike-lovers ourselves, we’re truly excited to welcome EcoMatters as our newest tenant on Queens Wharf – they’re proof that the people of Tāmaki Makaurau love to cycle!

Chlöe Swarbrick MP
Chlöe Swarbrick MP
  • Run by passionate volunteers, the Hubs offer:
  • free access to tools and advice on basic bike maintenance
  • restored and safety-checked second-hand bikes for sale
  • used and new bike parts and accessories
  • safe cycling advice and guidance
  • free cycling maps, including Flat White Ride and Pedal Puketāpapa.
Frith Walker, our head of placemaking, with her own beloved bike
Frith Walker, our head of placemaking, with her own beloved bike

Tāmaki Makaurau is embracing sustainable transport more and more, and this is a huge part of our own daily mahi at Eke Panuku as our head of placemaking, Frith Walker enthuses:

“We’re tremendously happy to be supporting their important mission on Queens Wharf. Our mahi is all about encouraging sustainability and regenerative efforts around the waterfront, where there are lots of wide-open spaces and protected bike lanes to explore right alongside the beautiful Waitematā.

“The Bike Hubs team have shown, time and again, how great their locations are for boosting a neighbourhood’s bike-riding passion and abilities. We can’t wait to see our fellow Aucklanders visiting the new Queens Wharf Hub, learning lots about their bike, before setting off for a ride along their waterfront.

“Thanks to our friends at Bike Auckland, Auckland Transport and Te Whangai Trust for making this possible – we are so grateful.”

Since their New Lynn location opened in April 2017, EcoMatters Bike Hubs have hosted over 30,000 visitors, and have kept more than 2,000 bikes out of the landfill by restoring them. After all, there’s no reason to waste a good bike. The team actively work with visitors, teaching them bike maintenance and boosting Auckland’s love of active transport.

“We’re thrilled that the community response has been so great that we’re able to open our fourth location as we also celebrate our fifth birthday,” said Carla Gee, CEO of EcoMatters Environment Trust.

EcoMatters Bike Hubs Team Leader Brent Bielby said: “We have seen some heartwarming stories, from those who have started as volunteers and became staff members, to humbling acts of generosity from those who see the value in our mahi.”

You can find the Queens Wharf EcoMatters Bike Hub at 89 Quay Street. It’s open from Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Find out more about the Bike Hubs at www.ecomatters.org.nz/on-bikes/bike-hubs

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