Cycling is a convenient and healthy way to get from A to B. With 2/3 of urban trips shorter than 6km (easily bikeable in 20 minutes), cycling has huge potential to improve our living standards.
Benefits for you: feel good - better physical and mental health; save money - lower transport and health costs; less stress - no parking worries; predictable travel time - arrive at your destination feeling energised.
Benefits for others: cleaner air; less traffic congestion; more free parking spaces; quieter and more attractive streets; lower road building and maintenance costs; less fuel to import; streets with good cycling and walking facilities have higher property prices and retail sales; reduces the costs of climate change.
Reduce the need to purchase a new bike by: buying a pre-loved bike from Green Bikes at the Whanganui Environment Base.
Hire a bike from a local provider.
Repair rather than replacing your broken bike - check first.
Green Bikes offers a repair service and see other local options under “Cycle Sales Service Whanganui Area” in the Yellow Pages.
Gift your working bike to a friend or neighbour; consider donating it to Green Bikes. Swap or sell it.
Bike parts such as handle-bars, chains and seats can be useful materials for artists and designers.
Inner tubes can be used for hanging pictures and decorations from walls and ceilings.
Inner tubes can be made into handbags, wallets and jewellery such as earrings and bracelets.
Bikes can make unique garden sculptures!
Pun intended! Metal bicycle components (i.e. frame) can be recycled. Place in the scrap metal bin at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre. (First remove non-metal components: seat, handle-bar grips, rubber from the tyres.)
Non-metal bicycle parts which cannot be reused or recycled need to go to your local Waste Transfer Station.