Take a bike on the train
KiwiRail only carry bicycles begrudgingly, in limited numbers, on off-peak services and completely at guards’ discretion, with no reservations or guarantees they will be carried at all.
But a pair of Porirua businessmen reckon they have the answer.
Simon Butcher and Bruce Dunlop spotted some folding bikes at a Chinese trade fair recently and brought a pair home.
Commuters are allowed to take folding bikes on to any train, provided their folded size meets maximum specified dimension.
Their bikes take a few seconds to fold or unfold and are suitable for most riders. They have one single-speed model and another with multi-speed shimano gears, Mr Butcher said.
Wellington Regional Council has offered residents discount vouchers giving a 30 per cent discount on the Dahon Eco 7 folding bike, reducing its net price to $560, and 25 per cent off Giant Expressway bikes, reducing their price to $450.
The discounts are available until the end of 2011.
Collect a discount voucher in person from Greater Wellington Regional Council, 142 Wakefield St, Wellington, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Folding Bike Voucher, Simon Kennett, GWRC, P O Box 11646, Wellington 6142.
Good to go: Bruce Dunlop’s bike, left, is packed to board, and Simon Butcher’s is road-ready.