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Cycle commuting made easy with Bike Wise video series

Bike Wise Month 2012 has seen many New Zealanders discover (or rediscover) cycling as a great way to get around, and now the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is looking to help those new riders to be confident and safe on the roads.

The agency has collaborated with Victoria University lecturer Kah Chan, Greater Wellington Regional Council and a group of Wellington cyclists to produce a series of videos, following them as they commute to the city from Karori, Miramar, Island Bay, Hataitai, Johnsonville, and Melling.

Each cyclists offers their own insights into the best routes to take (e.g. avoid heading around Oriental Bay in a northerly) plus tips for happily co-existing with rush-hour traffic.

Jennie Gianotti, NZTA’s Network User Behaviour Manager, says a lack of confidence riding alongside cars and buses can be an obstacle to some cyclists, and helping riders to relax and enjoy the ride is an important part of the Bike Wise campaign.

“It’s not just about getting people riding, it’s about making sure they are happy and safe out there on the roads as well,” she says.

“The video series is a great resource, packed with helpful information for cyclists around Wellington and is a must-watch for anyone who is new to road riding – experienced riders may also learn a new trick or two.”

Click here to see the videos

Click below to see the journey planner links for each video

Click here to take part in a survey to help Kah Chan better understand cyclist and driver behaviour