Auckland cyclist numbers rise
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.