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The Great Auckland Commuter Challenge

The Great Auckland Commuter Challenge

It was a case of a bridge too far for one of the cyclists in today’s Great Auckland Commuter Challenge.

Cyclists participating in the Commuter challenge this morning managed to win three out of the four races. However the lack of access for cyclists on the Auckland Harbour Bridge prevented a clean sweep, with cyclist Judy Barfoot forced to take the Birkenhead ferry, coming in third, after the car and bus user. Judy says that if she had been able to cycle over the bridge she would have had a fair chance of winning.

The Commuter Challenge was organised by Cycle Action Auckland to see which was the quickest of the transport choices between bicycle, car, bus or train into Auckland’s Aotea Square.

CAA Chair, Bevan Woodward says the goal of the Commuter Challenge was to promote sustainable forms of transport as a key solution to Auckland's transport problems. “We strongly support all modes of public transport, as they have a wide range of benefits for society – including helping to reduce the huge number of cars on the road, which is one of the main reasons why Auckland roads are often unsafe to cycle on.”

“Public transport often complements cycling, for example, the provision of bus/bike lanes provides a safer environment for cyclists and a good train service allows Aucklanders to utilise the advantages of trains and cycling in the one journey.”

Transatlantic rower, Rob Hamill cycled in from the East to win his race, as did Jon Bridges of ICE TV, cycling in from the South.

“The number of well-known public figures who gave their time to participate in the Commuter Challenge shows there is real public support for sustainable transport” says Mr Woodward.

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