Bike-mad Jon bridges the gap for big breakfast
It would be a hard job to find a man who loves bicycles more than Jon Bridges.
The television and radio personality worked in a bike shop during his teenage years, cycled for three months around Europe and is a former competitive cyclist.
So it’s no surprise to discover he’s supporting Bikewise month by hosting Auckland City Council’s Go By Bike Breakfast at the Eastern Viaduct on February 18.
The Balmoral resident says living in a central city suburb means he can travel by bike easily, with most places he needs to go within 10km of his home.
“In rush hour traffic, there’s no way of getting anywhere quicker than a bike.”
While he does drive when the weather turns nasty, Mr Bridges says cycling is his main way of getting around.
“Sometimes you feel like you can’t be bothered but once you do you realise how great it is.”
And there are financial benefits.
“I don’t even know what the petrol price is. I only have to fill up every few weeks.”
Mr Bridges admits some drivers are more tolerant of cyclists than others.
“In Auckland hairy moments are quite common. You can have no trouble for two weeks, then have trouble twice in one trip.”
But after a few months he says riders normally get used to the busy roads.
He’s also a great fan of cycle lanes, though sharing with buses can be a challenge at times.
Cycle Action co-chairwoman Barbara Cuthbert hopes the large number of Bikewise events this month, including the breakfast, will help get people out of cars.
“I expect Bikewise will change people’s attitude to say cycling is for me. They realise they can do it and enjoy it.”
An Auckland City Council spokeswoman says there’s been a 6 percent increase in the use of cycle lanes over the past five years.
Lanes monitored during the morning peak include the northwestern cycleway in St Lukes, Dominion Rd, Ponsonby Rd and Queen St.
The free Go By Bike Breakfast is from 6.30am to 9am at the Eastern Viaduct, behind the Maritime Museum.
For more information on Bikewise events visit www. bikewise.co.nz.
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Bike man: Cycle enthusiast Jon Bridges is encouraging people to get out of their cars and bike to work on Go By Bike Day on February 18.