The number of people choosing to walk or cycle to work, study or for leisure in Auckland has been steadily growing in recent years. That number is set to increase sharply with a huge investment in walking and cycling improvements planned for the city during the next three years and beyond.
People who are cycling more often are enjoying the benefits of using a bike as a means of transport or for recreation. Cycling is cost-effective, provides certainty of travel time and for many people it is the quickest means of transport to get to work or study. Local journeys to shops, cafes and parks can be more convenient and in addition, many people are enjoying the fitness benefits of walking and cycling.
Research indicates that making the transport network safer for people on bikes, is the most effective way of achieving the goal of 30% increase in cycle journeys by 2019.
The NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are working together on a $200 million programme of cycle improvements over the next three years. The focus is improving connections to public transport interchanges, as well as into, and around, the city centre.
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