Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown rides a bicycle.
Bike commuter, livable streets advocate and Green Party member Celia Wade-Brown won the race for mayor of New Zealand’s capital and third largest city in an instant runoff election in which she received 176 more votes than the incumbent mayor, Kerry Prendergast. Here she is showing off her inner cycle chic at the Wellington City Council building.
Wade-Brown hopped on her bike to attend press conferences when her victory was announced, and biked home afterwards.
As a city councilor, Ms Wade-Brown was known for for getting around by bike and bus and rarely claimed travel expenses. As mayor, the city will provide an official car, but Wade-Brown says she hasn’t thought about it when asked what kind of car she would like. She has already made plans to keep a folding bike at the office after she’s sworn in as Mayor on October 27.
In 2002, Ms Ward-Brown founded Living Streets Aotearoa, the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities.