Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no doubt that the number of people riding bikes around Whanganui is increasing.

We're seeing a new breed of cyclist - one whose priority is leisure, health, transport or all three, with no lycra in sight.

Many of them are getting off the road and on to the growing network of shared pathways around the city.

We caught up with Whanganui District Council's senior roading engineer Brent Holmes and active transport facilitator Norman Gruebsch to find out why so much money is being poured into shared pathways and cycling, who's paying and what's next.

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Te Tuaiwi

London St (southern end of Great North Rd)

London St (northern end of Great North Rd)

Whanganui East

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Springvale