Big bike ride to promote sustainable transport

Hundreds of cyclists of all shapes and sizes were due to take to the streets of Auckland today in a day of mass action to promote cycling as a safe and sustainable transport.

The cyclists are taking part on a world-wide day of action which will also urge world leaders do something immediately to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

One of the groups in the ride, Frocks On Bikes, said they were encouraging their members to dress up for the ride "to show how cycling and style can come together to combat climate change and to highlight the convenience, the fun and the social benefits of cycling".

Organiser Pippa Coom said cutting carbon emissions by using sustainable transport was essential for the planet. Bikes were a perfect example of a sustainable transport, she said.

The ride was due to begin at 1.30pm at the bottom of Queen St and follow a scenic 12km route to a reserve in Mt Eden.

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