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Georgia on her Electric Mountain Bike
Georgia on her Electric Mountain Bike

From small town New Zealand to the city and cycling all the way

Eighteen minutes is all it takes for Wainuiomata resident Georgia Mayer to cycle from home to her work and her life has changed for the better.

“I moved to Wainuiomata from Dunedin in January 2018. Before that I grew up in Eketahuna. Moving from a small town to a big city was a huge change so it was fantastic that we found a place so close to work.”

As a cyclist for many years, Georgia was dubious of the steep and winding Wainuiomata Hill at first.

“It was intimidating; the traffic was close to pedestrians and cyclists and the speeds that people were going at were more then I felt comfortable contending with. For the first year, I mostly drove to work.”

But in January of 2019 Georgia ‘bit the bullet’ and purchased a hardtail, mountain e-bike.

“My partner had started using the mountain bike trails on the Wainuiomata Hill and I had developed a new appreciation for them too. I’d always wanted to cycle to work and with my newfound love of mountain-biking I took the opportunity to combine the two.

“The e-bike is life-changing. I wanted to be able to commute to and from work but not be exhausted when I arrived. With the e-bike I still get exercise but when I get to work or home I can still function.

“It’s also faster! I work as a Public Health Advisor at Hutt Hospital and when I was driving to work I would have to compete for carparks – not anymore!”

Another milestone in Georgia’s active transport journey was the completion of the Seaview to Wainuiomata side of Te Hikoi Ararewa (Wainuiomata Hill Shared Path) in December 2018.

“The shared path changed things for me. It’s so smooth and easy to ride on and it makes travelling a breeze. It connects to the mountain bike park too, so if I want to mix fun into my commute I can.

“With the opening of the Wainuiomata side, I don’t even need to ride on the hill road if I don’t want to. It’s increased my confidence immensely.”

Georgia now rides to and from work regularly and her e-bike has become an office interest piece.

“Heaps of people ask me about it, so much so we’re even looking into a bulk-purchasing scheme. That way, other staff can have a chance to trial and purchase them and hopefully, more people will enjoy it as much as I do.”

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