Auckland Transport is partnering with Electrify.nz to support the uptake of ebikes and cycling in Auckland.
Following a number of other organisations and public sector employers, including Tauranga City Council, staff are able to purchase an ebike through Electrify.nz with a discount on some bike brands, as part of a pilot.
Planning Committee chair and avid bike rider, Cr Chris Darby, says the partnership helps even more people take up cycling and enables Auckland Transport to walk the talk – or bike the hype, as the case may be.
“Auckland’s love of cycling has really stepped up a gear,” he says. “In the past 12 months, more people have taken up cycling than we would see at a sold out Mt Smart concert.”
“The bike revolution is upon us and has made cycling an everyday option for everyone. It’s fantastic to see Auckland Transport further support staff to use sustainable and healthy travel options.”
AT Chief Executive Shane Ellison says the partnership will encourage even more people to ride bikes on Auckland’s growing cycling network.
“Already 81 per cent of our staff come to work using sustainable transport, either walking, cycling, using public transport or carpooling.
“This partnership is a great opportunity for staff to get an ebike. The cost can be prohibitive for some people wanting to get one, but this is a way for us to help our staff to make the most of our cycling infrastructure and demonstrate our leadership in addressing the congestion, emissions, and growth challenges facing our region,” he says.
“Ebikes can open up our neighbourhoods and give people the chance to make journeys they would usually need a car for. Many of our staff already cycle and an ebike can make this transition even easier.
“Assuming the pilot is successful we would love to see more employers offer the same opportunity to their employees,” he says.
AT is also offering staff a salary advance to assist their purchase.
The salary advance would be repaid automatically through staff members’ pay over 12 months.
2018 has been a big year for cycling in Auckland.
52,800 people started riding bikes, and across our 26 city cycling counters 3.587 million cycle movements were recorded for the year of November 2017 to October 2018, an increase of 6.8% on the previous 12 months.