What is your favourite place to ride?

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SIT Zero Fees Velodrome at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

WHETHER it’s an urban ride, a cycle trail or at a community facility, everyone who enjoys cycling can nominate their favourite place to ride as part of the New Zealand’s Favourite Places to Ride.

Cycling Southland general manager Mark Hotton said there was no excuse for not riding a bike in Southland.

“Cycling is a healthy way of getting around and Southland is a fantastic place to do it. There’s not a lot of traffic on the rural roads and the scenery is beautiful.”

The Otago Central Rail Trail took the top award in the NZ Transport Agency’s competition last year when it received more than 12,000 votes. This year the competition has two new categories – Best Community Facility and Top Town Award.

“The (Invercargill) velodrome is a fantastic facility. It is great to have indoor cycling available for everyone who wants to get into this sport,” he said.

New Zealand’s Favourite Places to Ride is part of the Government’s commitment to make cycling a safer and more attractive transport option for New Zealanders. The aim of the competition is to celebrate the best of New Zealand cycling.

“People should take part in the competition and spread the word about our cycle trails. Mountain bike trails in Sandy Point, Pebbly Hills, Te Anau-Manapouri cycleway or cycling around Queens Park are great places to ride.”

Nominations are open until May 31 at www.nzta.govt.nz/favplaces and by taking part in the competition you could win $1000 in bike shop vouchers.

Winners will be announced next month.

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