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Advocates say our low cycling participation rate is ‘wake-up call’ for New Zealand

Advocates say our low cycling participation rate is 'wake-up call' for New Zealand

At a time when cycleways are becoming key to transport, New Zealand has scored low in a survey of how many of us actually participate…

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At a time when cycleways are becoming key to transport, New Zealand has scored low in a survey of how many of us actually participate in cycling. Credits: Image – Getty Images; Video – Newshub Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most Kiwi kids but it seems something changes as we grow older.

At a time when cycleways are becoming key to transport, New Zealand has scored low in a survey of how many of us actually participate in cycling.

Our main cities are filled with cycleways and plenty of cyclists who know how to ride. Most from a young age.

A majority of Kiwis – around eight out of 10 – know how to ride a bike. That’s more than the global average according to the latest Ipsos Global Advisor study.

"It’s a really encouraging number. New Zealanders love riding bikes but they need more safe and attractive places to bike more often," said Cycling Action Network (CAN) project manager Patrick Morgan.

These days Christchurch’s Manchester Street is jammed with cars and buses. Seventy years ago the same corner was very different and two-wheelers were the transport mode of choice.

So while a majority of us know how to ride a bike the survey’s found only 18 percent of us actually do on a regular basis. That’s at least once a week and well behind the global average of 35 percent."That’s no surprise, this is a wake-up call for New Zealand, we know that more people on bikes is […]

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