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Cycling jumps 62pc in Auckland

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4 days ago

Auckland residents want to ride their bicycles and are doing so by the thousands, the city's council reports.

Forty-five thousand people started making cycling trips across Auckland in 2016 with a 62 per cent increase in cyclists visiting the city centre since 2013, Auckland Council says.

Bikes now make up 9.4 per cent of traffic heading north into the city via Queen Street.

There has also been increases elsewhere with a 27 per cent increase in cycle trips on the Northwestern cycleway, a 27 per cent increase on Grafton Gully and the Mt Roskill Shared Path has gone up 16 per cent.

"When you meaningfully invest in a well-planned cycling network, people will leave the car at home and take the bike to work or study," Auckland Transport's manager for walking, cycling and road safety Kathryn King says.

Around 80 per cent of those surveyed said the investment in cycling is important for giving people more travel choice and 54 per cent said that more people cycling is better for people driving.

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