Hard data is hard to come by but talk to anyone with close links to cycling and they'll tell you there are more bikes on Whanganui's streets and shared pathways.

The Whanganui Bicycle Users Group (BUG) advocates for cycling in Whanganui. It is committed to building a strong cycling community while increasing cycle awareness and safety. The group has about 250 subscribers and 200 Facebook followers.

The group's co-ordinator, Lyneke Onderwater, has been a bicycle commuter most of her life and can often be seen zipping around the city on her bike.

Onderwater says there are noticeably more people using