Wellington's 23rd Go By Bike Day
On 7 February, the Wellington City Council organized the 23rd annual “Go By Bike Day” and Embassy of Netherlands in New Zealand took part of it.
It is a summer event to celebrate the growing number of Wellingtonians who choose to bicycle as a viable mode of transport, and to promote safety. This year over 1,000 cyclist took part, and there was a free breakfast, giveaways and competitions. The new Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and the Netherlands Ambassador to New Zealand Rob Zaagman spoke at the event. The Minister and Mayor pledged increased investment in safe urban cycle ways across the country. Ambassador Zaagman spoke about the benefits of cycling – it is eco-friendly, reduces congestion and has big health advantages. However, in order to get more people cycling, there needs to be bike-friendly infrastructure. It’s important to join forces to make cycling a success as was done in the Netherlands. Ambassador Zaagman also invited the Minister and Mayor to help him launch the “official bike of the Netherlands Embassy” by cutting the orange ribbon together.