Cyclists enjoyed a treat this morning at three pit stops around the city as Auckland Transport celebrated Go by Bike Day. Riders fuelled up at Ian McKinnon Drive, Te Wero Island and on the Northwestern Cycleway on their way to work or study.
Mike Leijh (pictured right) cycles to work every day, and he says beating the traffic, exercise and not having to use a car are the best things about it.
“I have an e-bike and I love it. It makes it easier to get motivated to ride to work than when I had a regular bike. I’m a teacher and I usually have to carry books and paperwork in panier bags and the e-bike makes it so easy.”
Photographers snapped pictures of people with their bikes to share on social media as part of the I Love My Ride’ campaign which showcases the diverse range of everyday Aucklanders who bike.
Demaris Milburn also came along the Go By Bike pit stop on the Northwestern Cycleway.
She has been making the commute by bike for about five years and she says there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cyclists in Auckland.
“I have about a 20km ride. The cycleways are really good. I wouldn’t ride through Auckland without them, they make me feel safe. I definitely see so many more cyclists out now.”
Walking, Cycling & Road Safety Manager, Kathryn King says, “I caught up with other riders at the Unitec stop and at Te Wero Island. It’s great to see so many people out on Auckland’s cycleways many of them who are regularly commuting to work or study by bike.
“I could see the difference a year has made to the numbers cycling. Figures we put out from our annual walking and cycling survey in August 2016 showed that in the previous 12 months, 45,000 more Aucklanders have been getting out on their bikes.
“We may need even more pit stops next year as by the end of this financial year we will have added another almost 16km to the network, which really is something to celebrate.”
Auckland Transport is working with project partners Auckland Council and NZ Transport Agency to expand the city’s cycle network with a $200 million investment between 2015 and 2018. The project partners are aiming for a 30 percent increase in the number of cycle journeys in Auckland by 2019.