On an awesomely clear Saturday in Wellington, around 150 cyclists gathered on the waterfront to show their support for the 350.org campaign and better cycling infrastructure, and to celebrate having fun on bikes while saving the planet. Cyclists of all persuasions showed up, from glamourous frocks on bikes through to the lycra set, families with kids, Green mayoral candidate Celia Wade-Brown, and Olympic mountain biker Kashi Leuchs. To show their support for 350 - the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – cyclists spelled out the number for an aerial photo, then took off on a circuit of central Wellington. Check it out!
There’ll be more mass cycle rides organised by the 350.org crew in the lead up to Copenhagen, but in the meantime you can join in.
Mountain bike Olympian Kashi Leuchs today urged cyclists to join 350 movement by placing a green 350 number plate on their bikes. He launched 350 Riders “to unite cyclists, give them a voice on climate change and encourage them to spread the message of 350.”
Green number plate stickers will be available free from specific cafés and at all R&R sport stores nationwide and can be made into a number plate by recycling an ice cream container to use as a backing board.
Alternatively, inspiring artists are encouraged to make their own 350-themed number plates. Riders are asked to take a photo and upload them to the website, www.350riders.org, which will be put together to form a giant collage to be presented to the government on October 24.