Press Release – Cycle Aware Wellington
Life is better by bike, is the message at this year’s annual bike party on Go By Bike Day on Wednesday morning.
“Biking is booming in Wellington,” says Cycle Aware Wellington chairman James Burgess. “Since 2006 the number of people commuting by bikes has doubled. And new figures from WCC show that for the first time in decades bikes are more than 10 percent of traffic in some suburbs.”
He says people are rediscovering the simplicity and convenience of getting around by bike.
“Our city council is catching up with public demand for decent cycling lanes, with a new route being planned from Island Bay to the city.”
He says a special guest at this year’s event is a city bus and driver.
“We’ll bring a bus to Go By Bike Day so people can try a driver’s seat view, and see where the blind spots are.
“In Wellington we have shared bus and bike lanes, so CAW members are working with bus drivers to build the love.”
“This year we’ll also have a travelling photo booth, so get your best riding gear on, whether it’s a frock, high-vis or your work clothes, and pose for our photographer.”
Go By Bike Day is run by Cycle Aware Wellington, with support from Greater Wellington, Wellington City Council and the wonderful sponsors.
Go By Bike Day
Where: Under the sails, Queens Wharf, Wellington
When: 7 – 9:00am, Wednesday 12 February
What: Free breakfast, entertainment, prizes and portraits of you and your bike.
Press Release – Hutt City Council
Hutt City Council’s Go by Bike Day Breakfast event will be back at the Dowse Art Museum from 7-9am on Wednesday 19 February. There’s a healthy breakfast on offer and plenty of bike safety giveaways for everyone who arrives on their bikes on their way to work or school. It promises to be lots of fun with prizes this year for the most creatively dressed cyclists.
The Council’s Road Safety Coordinator Jan Simmons says the event celebrates those who cycle regularly and encourages others to “give it a go.”
“We’ll be sharing safety messages with cyclists about wearing clothing that ensures you’re easily seen, keeping to the road rules, and wearing a helmet. We’ll have puncture repair demonstrations and of course we’re encouraging people to wear their wackiest cycling get-up to win some great prizes.
“Go By Bike Day is also a good reminder to drivers to be considerate when sharing the road with cyclists. Checking carefully for cyclists at intersections and roundabouts, and slowing down when passing cyclists are two simple actions drivers can take to reduce the risk of a crash.”
Go By Bike Day is part of Bike Wise Month.