Happiness and health
"It doesn’t matter how the day is going on, you feel less stress and more energy on your bike."
When did you start riding a bike as a way to get around?
I am originally from Bogotá, Colombia. It is a large city with a lot of traffic. I started riding to go to my office to avoid the traffic and then I became a bike lover. I came to Auckland last year, and one of the reasons for choosing this city was the bike path network.
Why do you choose to ride a bike as a way to get around?
It doesn’t matter how the day is going on, you feel less stress and more energy to start the day, and you can see people smiling all the time when they are riding. If you have your bike with you, you are able to move wherever you want, and you don’t get stuck in the traffic.
For anyone considering biking in Auckland for the first time, what would you say to encourage them?
Try it, they won’t regret it. You can start with one ride per week and then you will contribute to your happiness and health, and making a difference with the environment. And don’t worry about looking like a professional, choose your favourite comfortable clothes and shoes.
Words and photo courtesy of Auckland Transport