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I Love My Ride campaign encourages Aucklanders to try cycling

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Ngarimu Blair has traded his company car for a bike to get to meetings throughout Auckland. The Ngati Whatua Orakei Trustee and a nominee for 2015 Herald Business Leader of the Year, is fronting Auckland Transport’s I Love My Ride campaign.

The campaign highlights the range of Aucklanders who have decided to use a bike more often as a means of transport. Mr Blair, who is also a director on the Iwi’s large property company Whai Rawa Ltd, says cycling is a convenient way of getting around and good for the environment.

"Whai Rawa Ltd supported the cycle lanes through its land at Beach Road and Quay Park. It’s important that our kids get to experience the thrill of cycling like us Gen-Xers did, riding on our suburban streets without fear. Cycling feels like a practical expression of Kaitiakitinga - it reduces health care costs, improves air quality by reducing emissions."

The number of people cycling in Auckland is going up with particular strong growth in and around the city centre. The number of people cycling into the city has doubled over the last three years.

A big reason for that growth is all the new cycleways like the pink Lightpath says Kathryn King, AT’s Cycling, Walking and Safety manager.

"We are starting to see the ‘network effect’ here in Auckland as our cycleways are becoming more and more joined up. We have still got some work to do improving cycleways but it’s great to see people already getting around this great city by bike."

The I Love My Ride campaign will continue throughout the summer. Ms King says it reinforces the idea that people of all ages and fitness levels can give cycling a go and enjoy the benefits.

"It’s a fabulous way to get around Auckland, and our city has so many beautiful places to ride. Whether it be taking the kids out for a recreational ride, cycling to work or to do the shopping, cycling will be transformative for Auckland."

The ‘I love my ride’ webpage has interviews and more profiles of Aucklanders who love their ride.

Matt, 33 Penrose to the city through Cornwall Park Engineering the perfect commute.

Matt is a Project Engineer from Penrose who has been commuting on his steel Dawes single speed road bike since 2006. Here's why Matt loves his ride: "It's the tree lined avenues and smooth roads of Cornwall Park, the views along the peaceful stretch through Puriri Drive, the swishing curves of Mt Eden Rd, the exercise, the freedom and not having to worry about parking."

Angie, 48 St Johns to the city, Fresh fish for dinner.

Angie is a mum of three from St Johns, who rides into Auckland city and back each day to pick up supplies for the family. Angie loves her ride: "There's nothing quite like smelling the bagels baking in the morning as I ride past City Works Depot or stopping at the Auckland Fish Market to pick up dinner on the way home. The freedom of riding along the pink Lightpath, crossing the North Wharf Bridge and then the Quay Street Cycleway…I love the trip counter there, too

Liz, 29 Grey Lynn to Queen St, Blowing out the cobwebs.

Cycling provides a really amazing perspective of the city centre. When you’re on the footpath you can’t really take in the old buildings like you can on a bike. My favourites are the Sanitarium Company and the Craic, on the eastern side of Queen Street between Vulcan Lane and Shortland Street. On ground level they’re new Auckland, but above some of those verandas you’ll find a snapshot of the old Auckland.

For more. https://at.govt.nz/about-us/campaigns/i-love-my-ride/

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