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Aucklanders encouraged to get on their bikes

4 December 2006

Aucklanders encouraged to get on their bikes

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) has approved the Region's first Cycle Network Map, a master plan of new cycle routes to be built over the next 20 years.

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority's Chief Executive, Fergus Gammie, says, "The Regional Cycle Network, which has been developed collaboratively with Auckland's local councils, comprises over 939km of connected routes that will make cycling a safer and more attractive travel choice. 12 per cent of these routes exist already and a further 57 per cent is planned in local council's ten year Long Term Council Community Plans.

"Having an agreed map is an important first step in delivering half of the planned network by 2016, as required by the 2005 Regional Land Transport Strategy. ARTA will work with Auckland's local councils, Transit NZ and ONTRACK to fund and deliver the cycle network for the region"

"We want to encourage more adults and children in Auckland to take to two wheels for short regular journeys as a matter of course, rather than jumping in their cars", said Mr Gammie.

"It's better for the environment, decreases car congestion and is a cheap and easy way to stay fit. For many shorter journeys it is very often faster to get there by bike than by car."

Mr Gammie says, "We expect that the region's local councils and Land Transport New Zealand will spend about $111 million on building cycle infrastructure over the next ten years. This represents one per cent of the regional transport spend. One per cent of journeys in Auckland are made by bike - our aim is to at least double this by 2016.

The map can be viewed at www.arta.co.nz. Aucklanders wanting to cycle more around the region can also pick up one of the free MAXX Regional Cycle Maps and anyone who's not cycled for a while could benefit from reading the free MAXX Cycle Guide that gives tips for cycling safely and bike maintenance. To get a copy of the Map or Guide call MAXX on 09 366 6400 or visit www.maxx.co.nz and click on the cycle icon.

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