Growing up in Wellington, Prue has always ridden her bike to get around the city. She started at 13, when she would ride to school because her parents refused to drive, she says.
“Even if it was freezing cold, our parents would still make my siblings and I ride our bikes with our school uniforms. It’s character building!”
After resisting cycling for a few years, Prue realised the benefit of it when she moved overseas for a short stint, she says.
“I was cycling to work from 2002 but we still had a car, but the biggest mode shift for us was moving to London in 2016. We sold our car because we decided that we didn’t need one while we were travelling. First thing I did over there was buy a bike. We cycled everywhere and it was so easy and fun to do.
“When we came back to Wellington in 2018, I realised we didn’t need to get a car again. I had never been able to fully let go of our car. I always wondered how I would do the shopping or what I would do if there was an emergency, but I realised we could always just call an uber or borrow a car from a friend.”