We have been in Auckland for the last three weeks and today I had the opportunity to take the F19 for a spin along a few of the new cycleways that have appeared since we left in 2015.
My 25km ride took me from our base in Karangahape Rd down to the waterfront and then around the bays to St Heliers.
The dedicated cycle ways were fantastic, the split cycle/pedestrian paths were challenging and in the end I felt safer mixing it up with cars on the road than trying to deal with walkers who could not read signs, motorised skate boards, slow cyclists and a poor surface.
On the ride back to town the road was a much better option with a good cycle lane for most of the route.
I was envious of the infrastructure and even the drivers seemed more aware of cyclists.
Riding in the city felt safer than riding in Kerikeri.