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Today is Go By Bike Day

1 March 2006

Today is Go By Bike Day when New Zealanders are encouraged to ditch vehicular transport and take their bike instead. As a reward, they can call into designated centres for breakfast and live entertainment. The event aims to increase the visibility of cycling as an enjoyable, healthy, and popular means of transport.

Entries for Go By Bike Day have doubled from last year and organisers expect a record turn out. Twenty-nine centres throughout the country – from Whangarei to Invercargill – have registered to take part.

“We’re just blown away at the level of interest,” says HSC walking and cycling programme director Brent Skinnon

“There seems to be some sort of biking revolution going on in New Zealand at the moment. While we’re not quite sure why the event has become so popular, we imagine the high price of petrol and current emphasis on physical fitness is having an impact.

“Last year we estimated that around 3000 people chose to go to work, university, school and social engagements by bike. Judging from the interest this year, we can expect at least double that number tomorrow.”

He says the event aims to increase the visibility of cycling as an enjoyable, healthy, and popular means of transport.

“Regular biking reduces blood pressure, absorption of cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Cycling is also one of the cleanest forms of transport, as there are no vehicle emissions, and saves on petrol, car maintenance and parking costs.”

Go By Bike Day is co-ordinated by local and regional councils, sports trusts, cycle groups and other organisations with an interest in biking. Breakfast food is provided by sponsors.

Go By Bike Day is one of a number of events being held to celebrate Bike Wise Week, 25 February to 5 March.


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