Council funding boosts people on to bikes

22 December 2015

Themed group rides and valet bicycle parking at one of Wellington’s biggest events are just some of the initiatives to receive support from the first round of Wellington City Council’s new Communities on Bikes fund.

Cyclists with bikes on the footpath.
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Christina Bellis of Frocks on Bikes says that the grants are a welcome boost for the four cruisy rides over the summer months, including the annual ‘Love to Roll’ Valentine’s Day celebration.

"Group rides have been growing in popularity and this funding will help spread the word to more people who would like to ride their bike more often.
"We know women are generally less likely to ride and our events aim to give them an opportunity to give it a go in a fun, social and safe environment, hopefully leading to a lifelong love of two wheels."

The Communities on Bikes fund allocates up to $50,000 a year to projects that encourage people to ride bikes as an everyday transport choice. Projects can be events, activities, programmes, infrastructure or equipment.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says smart progressive cities encourage and support people’s choice of active modes of transport.

As well as the obvious health benefits, people on bikes reduce congestion on our roads,” she says.

Other initiatives to receive funding include: the Need for Tweed ride, bicycle valet parking at CubaDupa, a bicycle film festival at Ngā Taōnga Sound and Vision, Go By Bike Day and Ciclovia.

Councillor Andy Foster, Transport and Urban Development Committee Chair, says Wellington is experiencing phenomenal growth in cycling.

"We are committed to supporting groups that encourage people to ride bikes and contribute to improving rider safety.

“This is one of the ways the Council is supporting cycling as a viable and safe mode of transport.”

A further $50,000 will also be available each year for the next two financial years. For details on this and other Council funds see wellington.govt.nz/funding.