Ciclovia attracts 2300 cyclists and walkers to Miramar Peninsula

Families on the Miramar Ciclovia (Photo: Shailie Pidcock)

Families on the Miramar Ciclovia (Photo: Shailie Pidcock)

Despite windy conditions on Sunday, 2300 Wellingtonians took advantage of the Miramar Peninsula Ciclovia to walk, cycle, scoot, skate and roller blade.

The route, following Massey Road from Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay, followed the Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke, the cycling and walking route around Wellington Harbour.

Almost eight times as many cyclists, and three times as many pedestrians, were on the Peninsula during the Ciclovia compared with a normal Sunday. Businesses such as the Chocolate Fish and Scorch-O-Rama experienced high demand.

Participants included many families with young children, taking advantage of the opportunity to learn riding and scooting skills in a motor free environment. The day also included a “Bubs on Bikes” event organised by Wellington group Frocks on Bikes, which enabled families to compare different ways to carry young children on bikes.

“The response to Ciclovia shows that there would be strong support for making the Miramar Peninsula motor free on a regular basis. Also, there is a strong desire to be protected from motor traffic while cycling, and that if this is provided, the number of cyclists will increase dramatically” said Alastair Smith, a member of the organising group.

The event was organised by Cycle Aware Wellington, Generation Zero, and Living Streets Aotearoa, and received support from Wellington City Council, Wellington Regional Council, and Go Traffic Management.

Two more Ciclovia are scheduled this summer on the Miramar Peninsula: Sunday 15 February, and Sunday 8 March.