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Road users urged to get on their bikes

THE ACT's flowering trees are not the only thing blooming along the city's streets as the warm weather brings out an increasing number of commuter cyclists.

This coincides with the ACT government extending its deadline for submissions to an inquiry about vulnerable road users, such as cyclists.

Fyshwick bike shop owner Garth Irons said he was coming into the busiest time of the year, although the winter trade was not as bad as it used to be.

''Winter used to be a time of sorting out nuts and bolts but now business is steady even in the cold months,'' he said.

Mr Irons said it would cost about $500 to set up a commuter cyclist with the basic gear.

''You can pick up a commuter bike for about $400,'' he said.


A bike pump and spare tube was about $50, a helmet approximately $50 and water bottle $10.

Figures show a growing number of cyclists in the territory and lobby groups started a campaign called Vote4Cycling, asking federal political candidates for their views on bike riding.

Labor's Andrew Leigh was the only candidate to post his views.

He was in favour of measures to encourage more people to choose bicycles as a regular mode of transport and has had bicycle racks installed near the entrance to his office.