Letter to the editor: Cycling myths

Peter Calder’s excellent opinion piece on cycling last week ( $10 billion for transport but how about bikes? ) provoked a typical letter to the editor along the lines that cyclists should be registered and are bludgers.

I fired off a quick response to the NZ Herald and was surprised to see it published today:

The view that cyclists do not deserve to be on the road because they do not pay for them is based on a myth. Cyclists along with everybody else contribute by paying taxes and rates. It is time for Aucklanders to embrace the huge economic, environmental and social benefits to be realised from investment in cycling infrastructure