9 Jun 2011

Health Ministry cuts cycle programme funding

5:59 am on 9 June 2011

The Transport Agency says a programme which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel will continue, despite it losing Government funding.

The agency has told Radio New Zealand News that the Ministry of Health has withdrawn about $150,000 from the Bike Wise programme, and is instead putting money into injury prevention.

Transport Agency spokesperson Andy Knackstedt says the agency will still commit $300,000 to the programme next year.

The Cycling Advocates Network says withdrawing funding is short sighted, because getting people on bikes cuts congestion and leaves more road space for essential freight movements.