Springtime Cycling-Meets-Street-Art Challenge Starts

Aucklanders are being asked to hop on their bikes this
spring and capture Tāmaki Makaurau’s treasure trove of
street art on camera, in a bid to bring the benefits of art
and cycling together in the EcoMatters Street Art Bike

Cyclists will light up Facebook and
Instagram with images or video of themselves, their bikes,
and an example of street art. Entries include murals, yarn
bombing, Māori carvings, stained glass windows, power boxes
and telecommunications cabinets in any Auckland
neighbourhood. Entrants will post their discoveries with the
SABC hashtag and automatically be entered into a prize draw
for $1000 worth of goodies.

Multiple entries are

Auckland based sustainability pioneers,
EcoMatters, have run The Street Art Bike Challenge (SABC)
every October since its inception in 2019. It was designed
to bring people together outdoors and help shape public
spaces, and was particularly welcome through the pandemic.
The charity received a ‘special mention’ in the Kumara
Awards 2021 Lockdown Project category for their

“I’ve been cycling for over 30 years and
still come across new examples of Auckland’s rich street
art culture” says EcoMatters Bike Hubs Manager, Brent

“As an art lover and cyclist, I always look
forward to the bike challenge to see how others are slowing
down and noticing their city. I thoroughly encourage
everyone – either on their own or with whānau and friends –
to get on a bike and join in,” he says.

explains that, this year, the project has special
significance for the 21 year-old organisation because it not
only ties in with intensified national efforts to get people
out of cars and cut emissions, it will introduce wider
Auckland to more EcoMatters’ Bike Hubs

Based in refashioned shipping containers,
the Hubs currently provide communities in Glen Innes, New
Lynn, Henderson and the CBD, with free basic bike repairs,
reconditioned bikes for sale and other services.

late October, additional Bike Hubs in Forrest Hill,
Pakuranga and Onehunga will be up and running, with Manukau
and Grey Lynn sites following later in the


  • This SABC project and
    EcoMatters’ additional Bike Hubs are made possible with
    the support of Auckland Transport. See more on the
    EcoMatters website and the instructional clip here, along
    with other images for use 
  • SABC entrants will
    be entered into the prize draw simply by posting their
    images of videos on Facebook and/or Instagram during October
    2023, using #streetartbikechallenge
  • Prizes feature:
    $500 grand prize, drawn randomly from all entries received
    (the more times you enter, the more chance of winning); $300
    judge’s choice for best photo or video; $200 judge’s choice
    for best whānau entry; additional spot prizes issued
    throughout October
  • EcoMatters have developed a
    Google My Map to keep a record of street art each year;
    entrants are invited to geotag or describe their
  • The EcoMatters Bike Hubs are designed
    to be welcoming spaces that provide access to bikes, parts,
    tools and advice, with the goal of getting more people
  • EcoMatters Environment Trust aims to connect
    people and place while nurturing kaitiakitanga
    (guardianship).It is an established charitable trust that
    was formed in 2002 to deliver environmental initiatives in
    partnership with other organisations, including Auckland
    Council, the Ministry for the

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