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Cycling Numbers Increase

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cycling Numbers Increase

Over the next six months more that 14,000 people in Tauranga will take up cycling - 22 per cent higher the national average.

Figures collected by Nielsen research showed nationally 407,000 will take up cycling by the middle of the year with 14,000 of them in Tauranga.

Today marks the first day of Bike Wise Month - New Zealand's national programme of activities which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel.

Avid Tauranga cyclist Phil Shoemack has been doing cycle tours across New Zealand for the past 25 years.

He was on a three-day-tour through the central North Island this weekend when the Bay of Plenty Times caught up with him over the phone.

"There's three of us doing a big cycle tour, Tour Aotearoa, at the end of February so we are just doing our last little training ride for three days in the Waikato."

Tour Aotearoa, which starts on February 21, will see about 300 cyclists bike from Cape Reinga to the Bluff in about four weeks.

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