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Hundreds turn up to bikers' birthday breakfast

Hundreds turn up to bikers' birthday breakfast


More than 900 cyclists rode in to Wellington's Civic Square this morning to celebrate the tenth birthday of Bike To Work Day in the capital.


Cyclists came from as far away as Pukerua Bay and as near as Willis St for a fabulous breakfast, prizes, live music and prize draws. Glen Cassidy and his daughter Jessica, aged 12, cycled in from Tawa.


Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast cut the tenth birthday cake. She congratulated event organisers Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW) and Wellington City Council, and said the Council was committed to improving conditions for cyclists in the city.


CAW spokesperson Robert Ibell said organisers were thrilled with the turnout. "We've seen Bike To Work Day grow hugely over its ten years. Last year we had 750 cyclists to the breakfast. We aimed to better that this year, and we certainly succeeded."


"The popularity of Bike To Work Day reflects the fact that cycle commuting is increasing in the capital. The advantages of travelling by bike are pretty obvious, and more and more Wellingtonians are cottoning on to that." said Mr Ibell.


Wellington's Bike to Work Day was one of nearly 30 such events taking place around New Zealand, and was part of Bike Wise Week.


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