Wellington Bike Life is a series of profiles of people who ride bikes in Wellington. Today we meet Nicole Gaston.
"I'm Nicole Gaston. I am the library manager here at Toi Whakaari and the School of Dance.
I ride my bike in Newtown, in town almost every single day. I live in Newtown.
I try to ride everywhere and avoid using the car as much as possible so you always see me around town riding my bike.
I just love cycling. I like the feeling you get passing cars stuck in traffic. I definitely like that feeling.
I also just love that it's cheap. It's probably one of the cheapest ways to get around and it's good for your health too.
I come up this big hill every day and I get a little bit puffed as I'm coming up it and I'm like okay that's good for my cardio.
What could be better? I think the cycle lanes we've got are a start but I would like to see them improved upon and more continuous stretches of bike lanes so rather than just little chunks here and there we'd like to see them all connected.
What could also be better is if we got rid of mandatory helmet laws because I think helmets are actually a big barrier to cycling.
What else could be better? I think it would just be great to see drivers slow down more, and treat cyclists with more respect and also not so much anger at cyclists because you know climate change is real and we need to do something about it."
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