Safety focus for bike promotion

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013
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IN ANY WEATHER: Go By Bike breakfast organisers Claire Pascoe (left) and Ash Burgess.

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Cyclists at this year's Go By Bike breakfast at Queen's Wharf today will get a dollop of safety information with their bagels and coffee.

Cycle Aware Wellington, who runs the event, has invited a city bus and its driver along, to promote safe sharing of bus and cycle lanes.

Organisers Claire Pascoe and Ash Burgess say bike enthusiasts will be invited to sit in the bus and check out a driver's blind spots.

"Having the bus will demonstrate how to have happy communication between cyclists and buses," Ms Burgess says.

After attending a similar workshop, Ms Pascoe thought the idea would make a great addition to the Go By Bike event, which runs from 7am till 9am under the sails near the Museum of Wellington City & Sea.

Go By Bike Day is part of Bike Wise Month, run by the Transport Agency to encourage more Kiwis onto two wheels.

This is the 11th annual event, which last year attracted more than 54,000 participants across the country for a range of events including family-friendly festivals and competitive races.

Both commute to work by bicycle, and say it is becoming safer on the road. "Seeing more people [cycling] is making it safer - there's been a shift in driver's awareness," Ms Burgess says.

The pair are hoping the weather holds up as the rain can put a dampener on the brekkie - though rain or shine, there's always a fantastic atmosphere from the hundreds who come, Ms Burgess says. "It's a really fun morning, really relaxed."

In Paraparaumu, cyclists can share in a cooked or continental breakfast at the Kapiti police station on Rimu Rd from 6.30am till 9am.

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