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Every cyclist is a winner in Bike Wise Week

Every cyclist is a winner in Bike Wise Week

February 18, 2005

For Louis Koorts, Bike Wise Week couldn't have come at a better time.

Mr Koorts had to borrow a bike to attend North Shore City's free breakfast on Bike to Work Day this week, after his own bike broke.

Now the Torbay resident and keen cyclist is back in the saddle, after winning a brand new bike from Hedgehog Bikes in the city's Win a Bike competition.

Mr Koorts was thrilled by the win, saying; "It couldn't have come at a better time". He says cycling to work has plenty of benefits, including easy parking and time not wasted stuck in traffic.

"I'm definitely going to cycle to work at least two days a week," he says.

Mr Koorts was one of more than 150 cyclists who came to the council's head office to enjoy our free bikers' breakfast on Bike to Work Day.

"Cyclists were given free goody bags, with drink bottles, tyre repair kits, and muesli bars. We also gave away loads of free vouchers, T-shirts, caps, gym memberships and bike computers," North Shore City's Mayor, George Wood, says.

"We had an overwhelming number of people there, many of whom had already enjoyed a group ride with a police escort on the way," he says.

"It was fantastic to see so many people out on their bikes, enjoying the fresh air and getting some exercise.

George Wood says celebrating Bike to Work Day is just one of the ways North Shore City is trying to get more people out of their cars and onto bikes.

"We are building more cycle paths, adding cycle lanes to key roads and installing cycle racks around the city, under our Strategic Cycle Plan," he says.

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