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Major Cycling Study Out

Major Cycling Study Out

More cycling facilities, big-time promotion of cycling's health benefits, and education for drivers and cyclists on sharing the road, are recommended in a major study launched today, during National "Bike Wise Week".

Minister of Transport Paul Swain and Auckland Mayor John Banks are each expected to launch the study, financed by engineers' body IPENZ and the broad-based cycling organisation Cycling Support NZ, at breakfast "Bike to Work Day" events in Wellington and Auckland on Wednesday 19th February.

The NZ Cycling Strategy Foundation Project, led by Hamilton transport planner Roger Boulter, has already had a major influence on Government strategy, including the Government's own "National Walking and Cycling Strategy", due out this year. The bulk of Boulter's work was completed by late 2000.

"A study of this kind is long overdue" said Cycling Support Chairman John Struthers. "This form of transport has more to offer New Zealanders than is often recognised. Roger Boulter's work has already prompted moves by the Government to tackle this issue, which I commend".

Cycling Support Executive Director Paul Doherty pointed to a growing recognition of cycling's importance. "Three years ago, the Government had no intention to do anything to promote cycling. Now it has earmarked a small amount of money for this, and has made promotion of cycling a cornerstone of the New Zealand Transport Strategy, announced late last year. Boulter's study has played a large part in this" said Doherty.

Roger Boulter said he was surprised and heartened by the support for his work. "I have discovered that a lot of people want more help for cycling" he said. "A wide range of Government and other agencies have given me strong support, including roading aurthorities, the Automobile Association and the Cycling Advocates' Network" he said.

Cycling Support NZ have produced a summary booklet to mark the end of the project. Boulter particularly thanked his employers Hamilton City Council who allowed him to use their office facilities.

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