Telling the Prime Minister to get on his bike might normally get a minister sacked.
But on Thursday Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges visited Rotorua to announce a $333m cycleway investment programme that Bridges says will change the face of cycling in New Zealand.
That’s a huge investment. I doubt any other Government has ever done so much to promote cycling.
National is balanced when it comes to transport – it invests in roads, bus lanes, rail and cycle. Some one the left promote is as either or – they want next to no funding for roads because they hate cars. But the reality is the different systems are complementary, not substitutes. Sometimes I bike, sometimes I bus, sometimes I walk and sometimes I drive. I want investment in all the modes of transport.
Bridges says that as well as the 13 cycleway projects announced in January, an additional 41 will receive funding as part of the Urban Cycleways Programme.
“This is the single biggest investment in cycling in New Zealand’s history,” Bridges says.
“This will make cycling a safer and more attractive option.”
The safer it is, the more people will do it.