They regularly use routes that have already been improved as part of Wellington City Council’s plan to develop a citywide network of safe bike routes and connections, says Julia.
“Before getting our bike, I didn’t have a high level of confidence on the road, so any separated bike lanes are an advantage and much appreciated. They increase my level of comfort. Cobham Drive and the uphill separated lane on Crawford Road are excellent.
"We already use the new sections of bike lanes along Riddiford Street past the hospital and the completed route to the city will make a big difference. It’s something people really do appreciate. Biking in traffic is a big concern for a lot of people, though generally I do find most drivers are quite considerate and careful."
She says as working parents, having the bikes is making a big difference.
“Getting to work in the city by bus had been taking about 40 to 45 minutes. That became a 15-minute bike ride.
"We save on public transport costs too – the $40 a week previously spent on buses can instead be set aside to pay for other things, including car share vehicles when we need them. We have easy access to Mevo cars where we live, so that’s a good option if we need it. Over the past month, we have probably used one on about three occasions," Julia adds.
Prior to moving to Newtown about five years ago, they lived in the central city where they say a car was not very useful. When they moved out of the CBD, they chose the suburb because of the good public transport and because it is a walkable distance from the city.
“We had thought we might get a car but then thought let’s see how we go without one. When I was at home with our first child, by-in-large I got around walking with the buggy, or by bus. We still walk a lot if we are just going short distances in Newtown, but when I take the children over to a swimming lesson at Kilbirnie for instance, I’ll pop on the bike.”