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Ministers Bike to Work

Government Ministers Trevor Mallard and Steve Maharey will be cycling to work tomorrow as part of the Street Skills National Bike Week 'bike to work day'.

The two Ministers will cycle from Wainuiomata into Parliament – a distance of approximately 25km including the gruelling Wainuiomata Hill.

Trevor Mallard, who is Sport, Fitness and Leisure Minister, said it was an opportunity to support cycle safety as well as train for next month's Karapoti bike ride.

"Cycling is a great physical activity and events bike to work day show that it has additional practical value," Trevor Mallard said.

"By cycling to work tomorrow, I want to promote awareness of the benefits of cycling as a healthy and efficient means of transport with positive spin-offs for the problems of inner city traffic congestion and pollution. I hope that others will be encouraged to cycle to work more often. It's also a chance for motorists to be made aware of the care they have to take when cyclists are on the roads.

"Tomorrow will be only the second time I have biked to Parliament from my home in Wainuiomata. I expect it to take me about 1 hour and 20 minutes – unless of course adverse weather or Steve Maharey slows me down!" Trevor Mallard said.


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