Bike pitch looks to the future

SHELLEY GRECO
Last updated 05:00 19/06/2014
Bike Te Atatu

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Jemma Nissen, far right, with some of the Bike Te Atatu group.

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Jemma Nissen would like Te Atatu to become a biking and walking wonderland.

So she has set up Bike Te Atatu, a group that has grown to 140 members in just eight months.

Despite its name, not all of the members are cyclists.

There are mums, dads and children who meet intermittently for social events, be it a barbecue in the park or a Santa parade.

Bike Te Atatu members have recorded a "futurementary" which will be screened on Sunday.

Using flexible bollards to create a temporary bike lane on one of the suburb's main streets, the recording is a mock-up of Te Atatu's possible future.

Nissen says the video is intended to act both as a pitch to the powers-that-be and to the community.

Melanie Dixon has been involved with the group since its formation.

"I enjoy meeting other people who are interested in cycling and make our community enjoyable and walkable," she says.

The film will be screened on Sunday at 5pm at The Luscious Food Store, 547 Te Atatu Rd. Entry is free.

Visit facebook.com/groups/biketeatatu/ or email jemmanissen@gmail.com for more details.

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