Bike boom: Cycling is way up in recent years, but why don’t our cities reflect that?
Cathryn Monro hadn’t been on a bike in 18 years. Now, she rides an e-bike 6km to work every day.
She’s part of a massive cycling boom which has largely flown under the radar of councils and governments.
Cycling in Wellington increased by as much as 40 per cent year-on-year before the Covid-19 lockdown, according to Wellington City Council data, the largest single-year increase in cycling on record.
The number of cyclists riding through the Karori tunnels was up 39 per cent in June 2019, compared to the year prior. In that same period, the airport tunnel saw a 30 per cent jump, and Hutt Road saw a 35 per cent bump, an increase of 4000 rides.
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