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NAME Christina van Bo­he­men GO­ING FROM Free­mans Bay to Iron­bank on Karanga­hape Rd MODE OF TRANS­PORT Bi­cy­cle

——— What type of bike do you have? My bike is a Gazelle Bloom. It’s ac­tu­ally a ‘mother’s bike’ (moed­er­fi­ets in Dutch) – it came with chil­dren’s seats in front and be­hind the driver, but I don’t have chil­dren so the seats were re­moved. ——— What do you use your bike for? It is my pri­mary means of trans­port. I ride to work, to meet­ings in the city, and to din­ner with friends. Big pan­niers turn it into a sta­tion wagon. They get used for #quax­ing and for get­ting all the beach gear to Ko­hi­marama. ——— What are the ben­e­fits of rid­ing? It keeps me fit. Given the state of Auck­land’s traf­fic a bike is the fastest way to get around. I like the feel­ing of in­de­pen­dence and it’s also quite so­cial, while you’re wait­ing at the lights. ———

What would you say to some­one who is ner­vous about cy­cling?

The first day I got my bike I rode along Karanga­hape Road and I did have a mo­ment of panic, but af­ter a cou­ple of days rid­ing around the city I felt quite com­fort­able. I sug­gest peo­ple start on cy­cle paths and quiet streets in or­der to build up con­fi­dence. If you’re con­cerned about be­ing “doored” then take the lane – i.e. claim the space. Cars can slow down be­hind you or use an­other lane. In truth, you have to have your wits about you. It’s much eas­ier on the slower streets, and a dream in sep­a­rated cy­cle lanes – let’s have more of them! ——— How bike-friendly is Auck­land? Bik­ing around Auck­land has im­proved since I started in 2012. Sep­a­rated bike paths along city streets make for a much more en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. There are more and more peo­ple bik­ing in the city, which means car driv­ers are get­ting more used to shar­ing the road.

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