Cy­clists claim Wanaka roads for Bike’vem­ber

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Wanaka cy­clists Jo Guest and Ella Law­ton are urg­ing fel­low res­i­dents to use pedal power dur­ing Novem­ber.

At least 100 peo­ple have al­ready pledged to take part in the in­au­gu­ral Bike’vem­ber cam­paign to bike or walk ev­ery day, and the pair hope hun­dreds more will fol­low suit.

Guest, the Bike’vem­ber co­or­di­na­tor, said Novem­ber was cho­sen be­cause the na­tional Bike Wise month of Fe­bru­ary was just too busy for lo­cals deal­ing with the an­nual summer in­flux of tourists and events.

‘‘The thing about Novem­ber is it is the start of summer and it’s about get­ting peo­ple to change their habits early and re­alise how good that feels,’’ Guest said.

Law­ton, a sec­ond-term Queens- town Lakes district coun­cil­lor, is re­cov­er­ing from knee surgery but will not be us­ing that as an ex­cuse for al­ways avoid­ing the 5km bike com­mute from her Al­bert Town home to Wanaka.

‘‘I have my elec­tric bike ready to go as soon as I get the go ahead from my physio.

‘‘But it is con­stantly on my mind, whether to pick the bike to go to town on rather than the car. It is not an easy thing to do,’’ she said.

Guest has also been chal­leng­ing her jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for us­ing a car.

‘‘I was think­ing to­day, I’m go­ing to a Bike’vem­ber meet­ing, I must ride my bike. No, I don’t need to take the car, I do not need to take any­thing with me, and it doesn’t mat­ter if I get a lit­tle sweaty rid­ing back home up the hills,’’ she said.

Bike’vem­ber kicked off on Tues­day with a Bike Through Break­fast at the Dinosaur Play­ground, while Doug Hamil­ton hosted an evening bike main­te­nance clinic at Black Peak Cy­cles.

Bik­ing activities will con­tinue all month un­til the grand fi­nale, a Frocks and Tweed bike pa­rade through town at 5pm on Novem­ber 30, start­ing from the Dinosaur Play­ground.

Bike-In Movie ‘‘flash mob’’ ses­sions are be­ing planned at Eely Point, with cy­clists urged to check so­cial me­dia for details.

Guest said she wanted every­thing set up ready to screen movies on ’’the first calm day’’.

The cam­paign is help­ing the Up­per Clutha Tracks Trust fundraise for an ac­cess ramp to the Hawea River swing bridge.

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