Waiheke Marketplace : December 22nd 2010
5 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS You can't beat 'The Barn' IN OSTEND PHONE 372 5555 OFFER ENDS 26TH DECEMBER 2010. TRADE NOT SUPPLIED. WHILE STOCKS LAST. WAIHEKE LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Mulch, Compost, Topsoil, Bark & Garden Mix DEMO DERBY JAN 2ND 2011 ENTRIES & DRIVERS WANTED. PHONE PETE NOW! WANTED! SCRAP CARS FOR DEMO DERBY Cash paid! Call Pete! 12 Erua Road, Ostend Ph 372 2412 | 0274 797 440 Quick fix signs for cycling Pushing road safety: Local board deputy chairwoman and transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes with the Be Cycle Aware sign on the corner of Tahi and Ostend roads. By GEORGE GARDNER A drive to encourage road users to be more cycle- friendly during the busy tour- ist season has come up trumps with the installation of two prominent signs. Barbara Cuthbert from Cycle Action Auckland and Cycle Action Waiheke made a plea to the Waiheke Local Board at its first meeting earlier this month, asking for signage to be erected. She told the board she was horrified'' by the driving habits of some motorists who came to the island from the mainland, and cited an example of a visiting cyclist who was recently driven off a Waiheke road and his bike damaged. If we have a death on the island it will cause us all a great deal of grief.'' The board appointed deputy chairwoman and transport spokeswoman Jo Holmes to work with council and Ms Cuthbert to organise the erection of two Be Cycle Aware'' signs donated by Fullers. The signs were erected at Kennedy Point and on the corner of Tahi and Ostend roads on Friday. The signs, which urge motorists to drive slowly and give bikes 1.5 metres when overtaking, can also be viewed on the back of Fullers buses leaving Matiatia. Ms Holmes says she wanted to facilitate the pro- cess as quickly as possible because of the number of visitors due on the island. I felt the message would be lost if we didn't get the boards up before Christmas so we've all worked hard to make this happen. It's all about helping to make the roads safer over the holiday period. I'm impressed with Fullers who have paid for all the graphics and taken their logo off the signs so we could do this quickly on council land.'' For your information Closed: The old i-SITE unit at Artworks will be removed for the new library building. Tourists will have an easier way to get infor- mation at their fingertips, thanks to the opening of a new i-SITE in the heart of Oneroa village. The existing visitor information centre at Artworks upped its roots and opened at its new location in Pendragon Mall on Ocean View Rd on Monday. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd tourism manager Lynette Murray says the development is bigger and better than the previous premises. Since opening more than 10 years ago the Wai- heke i-SITE has helped around 35,000 visitors each year,'' she says. Ms Murray says the move is ideal timing coming into the busy sum- mer season when the popu- lation booms. As well as the main i-SITE the team also has a group of WiSE Guides who volunteer their time to assist visitors to the island. Each weekend the Guides greet visitors at the ferry terminal, answer questions and direct people to the main i-SITE for more information. Two fulltime and three part-time staff work at the i-SITE which is open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday, and 9.30am and 4pm at the weekends. The i-SITE can be contacted on 372-1234. The old building at Artworks will be removed to make way for the new library and service centre building project next year.
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