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Pippa Coom, left, and Sue Sparks get ready for the Frocks Day Out.

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Frocks Day out

Fabulous frocks will be paired with safety helmets this weekend to raise awareness about climate change.

Frocks Day Out is being held in Ponsonby on Saturday 12th September, an event where women are encouraged to dress up and cycle along with “stylish supporting gents” and families to promote biking.

Frocks on Bikes co-ordinator Pippa Coom says the concept was launched last December to raise awareness about climate change and using alternative transport.

“It’s trying to encourage women to get out on bikes and feel glamorous about it. Riding a bike is going to be a big part of reducing our carbon footprint.”

Ms Coom hopes at least 350 riders will get involved in the event, which is being held in conjunction with the Ponsonby Market Day.

Those taking part are known as “frockers” and there will be free bike checks available, companies will be selling European-style bicycles and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye will be handing out prizes for the best-dressed rider and best helmet and bike decoration.

Designer Doris de Pont is involved with Frocks on Bikes and the Vintage Road Show, which are both being held tomorrow.

She says she will be riding her bike in the parade on behalf of the Green Party.

“It’s two things after my own heart – cycling and recycling.”

Frocks Day Out will start at 10am at Western Park on Ponsonby Rd, with a parade at 1pm.

For more information go to www.frocksonbikes.org.

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