Cyclists urged to give it a go
If you've thought about ditching the car and jumping on a bike then now is the time.
Auckland Transport is launching a campaign to raise awareness of cycling as a preferred and efficient mode of transport.
Cycling's the Go encourages Aucklanders to sign up and attend free training courses.
Community transport manager Matthew Rednall says the aim is to improve the skill level and confidence of cyclists and to increase their knowledge of safe biking behaviour.
Courses will be held throughout February and March in Hender- son, Hobsonville Point and New Lynn.
Topics covered include cycle training for adults, the basics of bike maintenance and guided rides for beginners.
Forty-five per cent of Aucklanders have access to a bike but only 20 per cent of that would use it at least once a month.
The last Cycling's the Go campaign before Christmas saw 587 people take cycling training courses, more than doubling from 2012.
Mr Rednall says it's great to see Aucklanders improving their skills and confidence on their bike.
Videos "personalising" cyclists at different experience levels feature people who took part in courses last year.
"We are showing people what they can expect.
"We want to make it as practical as possible," he says.
See cyclingsthego.co.nz for more information.