Kicking the car habit for 30 days
Congratulations to the hundreds of Bike’vember pledgers who ditched their cars and trucks in favour of people powered travel for 30 days this November.
One member tagged us as Fun’vember, testament to the fact our community is committed to working together to improve our environment, town centres and lifestyles by using sustainable travel.
Small towns like Wanaka and Hawea have such great biking facilities and active populations. Bike’vember’s been a great platform to show support of all things people powered.
Our pledgers have been getting out on bikes daily to enjoy our environment and staying healthy while they’re at it.
It’s been an epic month. Our pledgers have been walkers, scooter and skate board riders and all types of bicyclers. We’ve even had a bike ridden on top of a stand-up paddle board.
Bike’vember motivated pledgers daily with competitions and close to 50 community events. Local businesses gave passport deals. We raised thousands of dollars for the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust’s Hawea Swing Bridge Access Ramp project.
For a little insight into the sheer amount of activity, go to Bike’vember Facebook page and www.bikevember.nz.
We’re proud our community loves to be outside, in the fresh air and is committed to keeping it fresh. The community got behind by pledging and also organised their own unique events, such as movies, book launches, travel story-telling and all sorts of events and rides.
We’re squeezing more fun in to Bike’vember, so if you’re looking for something different for your hump-day lunch time then join us today from 1.00pm at the Lake Log Cabin for Bike’vember Blissedout-door Yoga.
Today’s grand finale celebration, Frocks n Tweed on Bicycles and Prize Giving extravaganza, is from 5pm – 7pm. Decorate your bike, dress up and bring your filled out Bike’vember passports.
Census 2013 reveals about 14 per cent of Upper Clutha residents cycle, walk or jog to work - close to 1000 residents.
That is well above the national average of 10 percent.
Wanaka has no traffic lights and virtually no traffic jams.
We think a cycling town slows things down, reduces the frantic pace engendered by motor traffic, makes for more human, liveable spaces and reduces the amount of public space given over to parking metal boxes!
The Bike’vember crew hopes pedal power will become part of our every-day lives.
The inaugural Bike’vember was a community campaign supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Department of Conservation, Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Bike Wanaka and Good Rotations and Mission WOW.
❚ Colleen Nisbet is Bikevember’s media liaison officer.
Ross Mackay racing on the Gold Sprint in Wanaka.