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Bike is fastest way to get to work in the Commuter Challenge

Wednesday 15 February 2012, 2:40PM

By Wright Communications Limited

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Screen grab of GPS tracking website, showing the progress of the commuters.
Screen grab of GPS tracking website, showing the progress of the commuters. Credit: Wright Communications Limited
From left Paul Snow-Hansen, Jo Aleh, Deane Tetley, Phil Twyford and mayor Len Brown.
From left Paul Snow-Hansen, Jo Aleh, Deane Tetley, Phil Twyford and mayor Len Brown. Credit: Wright Communications Limited

Cycling proved to be the quickest way to get to Auckland’s CBD during the morning peak hour, taking just 30 minutes in this morning’s annual Urgent Couriers Commuter Challenge.

The bike, ridden by Urgent Couriers’ Deane Tetley, swept into victory followed by Olympic sailor Jo Aleh on the bus (44 mins), and fellow Olympic sailor Paul Snow-Hansen and Labour MP for Te Atatu Phil Twyford in the car and train respectively, both taking 53 minutes.

The annual Urgent Couriers Commuter Challenge, which tests the efficiency of the four different modes of transport, saw all commuters take off from the New Lynn Transport Centre at 0715 this morning, finishing at the Auckland Council’s Go By Bike Breakfast at Wynyard Quarter.

Urgent Couriers managing director Steve Bonnici said the challenge, which started five years ago, proves the efficacy and benefits of cycling over driving to work.

“Auckland roading and transport has undergone numerous changes in the last five years, and, yet still we have a serious traffic congestion problem. Leaving the car at home and either cycling or taking public transport even once a week can make a significant difference, both to the environment, and to your health and wellbeing,” he said.

Urgent Couriers, the only carbon-neutral Kiwi courier company, co-ordinates the Commuter Challenge to highlight its concern about the environmental impact of cars on Auckland’s carbon footprint.

As part of the Bike Wise Month and coinciding with Auckland Council’s Go by Bike Breakfast, the annual event aims to encourage the use of bikes and public transport to reduce congestion on Auckland roads.