With the price of oil hitting record highs cycling is becoming even more attractive as a way to get around.
National cycling organisation Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) says that as driving becomes more expensive, New Zealanders of all ages are rediscovering their love for the humble push-bike.
"The days of cheap oil are over. As the price goes up cycling becomes more and more attractive." said CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.
After decades of decline, cycling to work is on the increase in some parts of New Zealand. "We're noticing new recreational cycling events springing up everywhere now. And attendance at fun rides like Round Taupo is at an all time high." said Mr Morgan. "Our members are noticing lots more cyclists out and about".
"Not having to pay for petrol is only one of the benefits of cycling. It's also non-polluting, healthy, and best of all, it's loads of fun." said Mr Morgan.
These benefits are increasingly being recognised by government. Local and national cycling strategies are being developed, a dedicated walking and cycling fund has been set up in the National Land Transport Programme, and cyclists are starting to notice improvements on the roads in some parts of the country.
CAN's advice to New Zealanders: "Get on your bike and watch your wallet get fatter while you get fitter."
For more information, contact Patrick Morgan, CAN, 021-155 6966.
The Cycling Advocates' Network of NZ Inc. (CAN) is this country's national network of cycling advocate groups. It is a voice for all non-competitive cyclists - recreational, commuter and touring. We work with central government and local authorities, on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. We have affiliated groups and individual members throughout the country, and links with overseas cycling organisations. In addition, some national/regional/local government authorities, transportation consultancies, and cycle industry businesses are supporting organisations.
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