Auck­land cy­clist num­bers rise

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

An ex­tra 45,000 Auck­lan­ders have taken to two wheels in the last year.

Auck­land Trans­port’s an­nual Walk­ing and Cy­cling Sur­vey pub­lished on Au­gust 30 re­veals that 353,000 peo­ple are us­ing bikes, up from 308,000 in 2015.

AT’s cy­cling and walk­ing man­ager Kathryn King says the pos­i­tiv­ity is re­flected in the cy­cle counts. ’’We are see­ing con­tin­ual growth in cy­cle trips across the re­gion with the big­gest in­crease in the city cen­tre. The AT sur­vey re­sults show non-ex­er­cise, recre­ational trips have in­creased in­di­cat­ing that more peo­ple are us­ing bikes for ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to King, the new pro­tected cy­cling in­fras­truc­ture such as Auck­land’s in­ner city pink Light­path is mak­ing cy­clists feel safer, lead­ing to an over­all pos­i­tive per­cep­tion of cy­cling to rise from 22 per cent to 39 per cent. More than 34,000 peo­ple cy­cle to work but the study re­veals that there are a fur­ther 144,000 who could cy­cle to work. King says that one of the main ways to get peo­ple cy­cling is good qual­ity, con­nected cy­cle­ways.

AT is work­ing with project part­ners Auck­land Coun­cil and the Gov­ern­ment (through the NZ Trans­port Agency and the Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme) on a $200 mil­lion pro­gramme of cy­cle im­prove­ments from 2015 to 2018.

Go to at.govt.nz to view the full sur­vey.

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