Every cyclist has had their fair share of punctures and flat tyres, and Petone Settlers Museum is here to help. We now have an air pump and a puncture repair kit, so if you’re having a spot of bother, pop in! In the meantime enjoy a tasty cycle through recent bike history.
Hello! I am your friendly local bike pump and repair kit, now helpfully located at the Petone Settlers Museum – stop by to see me if you get in a fix!
[Reference: Cyclists lined up on the Petone Esplanade. Ref: 1/2-C-18885. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22558339]
And not forgetting our smaller visitors, either! Pram wheels and runner bikes welcome also.
[Reference: Jackson Street, Petone, 1971.. Westra, Ans, 1936-: Photographs. Ref: AW-0445. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/37152885]
Located at 1 Jackson St Petone, our friends at Green Jersey Cycle Tours have plenty of exciting tours on offer too – take a look to see what they have for you, your whānau and friends.
It’s hardly surprising that cycling has been so popular in Pito-One all these years. The streets are flat and wide and there’s the view of the harbour as you roll along the Petone Esplanade on your choice of wheels (all the way to Wellington if you desire, not many suburbs can claim a flat commute to the big smoke!).
[Illustration: Jackson Street, Petone 1924. Reference: Jackson Street, Petone. Ref: 1/2-092191-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23183077]
In fact the popularity of cycling here led to the establishment of the Petone Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club in 1927 and with the establishment of the club came the coveted the Laycold Cup. The banked track in Petone Recreation Ground was a popular location for club cycle nights.
[Reference: Three members of Petone Cycling Club with their bicycles. Evening post (Newspaper. 1865-2002) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1955/1301-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22546041]
A photo taken for the Evening Post in 1978 describes Constable Leroy Alexander (Roy) Cockburn as the last police constable to receive a bicycle allowance. Here he is in 1973 in Jackson Street. Interestingly, in 2009 Christchurch Police announced that foot patrols would now be conducted on bicycles, noting that: “an officer on a bike is much smaller, quieter, and can go places that are not easily accessible to patrol vehicles. Also, a person fleeing… generally can’t out run an officer on a bike!”
[Reference: Constable Cockburn on his bicycle in Petone, New Zealand. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1973/5443/18A-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22334191]