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Why calling ordinary Kiwi cyclists ‘elitist’ just doesn’t add up

By Timothy Welch, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Auckland
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Something strange has happened to the perception of cyclists and cycling in the more than 200 years they’ve been around. Once a novelty, bike riding has moved from being a critical transport mode to a children’s pastime to now being popularly perceived as an elitist activity.

This was readily apparent after the recent “liberate the lane” protest on Auckland’s harbour bridge. Cyclists who broke a police barrier and rode onto the motorway were variously…


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