Cycling mum wants better facilities for cyclists
Cycling mum Jo Clendon is keen to get the word out that is cycling is fun.
She used Go by Bike Day on Wednesday to promote her message under the banner Bikes Welcome.
Clendon is well known in Lower Hutt and is often seen out riding with her two children, Kiri and Max.
Last year, she presented Parliament with a petition to make it legal for children to ride on the footpath.
Bikes Welcome aims to encourage businesses and councils to provide better facilities for cyclists, so more people take up cycling. She would like to see more retailers providing parking for bikes.
Clendon takes her kids to school by bike, goes shopping and rides for fun.
Once people get into the habit of cycling everywhere, it becomes the norm, she said.
More than 40 percent of the journeys people made by car were under 5 kilometres and, in most, cases there was no reason to always rely on a car.
Riding a bike also had one big advantage over cars.
"Generally you don't have the problem of having to find a park (for your car), it is much less stressful. That is one of the things I hate about driving. You get somewhere and you think 'geez, where am I going to park'."
Although she wants us all to become cyclists, Clendon still believed there was a place for cars.
"I am not anti car. Cars are like plastic bags we just use them too often and too frequently. It is just about thinking that with some trips, it is much easier to cycle."
Clendon and daughter Kiri were not the only cyclists using Go by Bike Day to push the cycling message.
Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins and Labour's Hutt South candidate Ginny Andersen rode down from Upper Hutt.
Hipkins likes to ride to Parliament, which normally takes him about an hour depending on how windy it.
Andersen likes riding the Hutt River Trail with her four kids and said cycling was a positive family activity.
She supported Bikes Welcomes and said that anything that got more people out riding was a plus.
"Having a good place to put your bike is really good commonsense. If you want people to change (to cycling more) you have to make it as easy as possible."
Go to www.bikeswelcome.org to find out more about Bike Welcome.