Healthy sport for whole fam­ily

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Thou­sands of keen Kiwi cy­clists are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of events around the coun­try dur­ing Fe­bru­ary as part of Bike Wise Month, New Zealand’s an­nual cy­cling cel­e­bra­tion that en­cour­ages more Ki­wis to get on their bikes.

Bike Wise is run by the NZ Trans­port Agency ( NZTA), which aims to ex­pose Ki­wis to the en­joy­ments and health ben­e­fits of cy­cling, as well as ed­u­cat­ing them on safe cy­cling tech­niques.

With hun­dreds of cy­cling events reg­is­tered to take place through­out the coun­try, there will be an event to suit ev­ery cy­clist, from fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­vals to com­pet­i­tive races, and even a se­ries of Big Bike Tune Ups, where free bike checks are of­fered.

This year marks the 11th year of the Bike Wise pro­gramme, which last year at­tracted more than 54,000 par­tic­i­pants na­tion­wide.

‘‘Bike Wise Month pro­vides Ki­wis with hun­dreds of op­por- tu­ni­ties to get out on their bikes more of­ten and have fun with fam­ily and friends,’’ said the trans­port agency’s net­work user be­hav­iour man­ager, Jen­nie Gian­otti.

‘‘Our cli­mate and scenery pro­vide the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for cy­cling. Bike Wise is keen to en­sure Ki­wis have road­wor­thy bikes, wear ap­proved hel­mets and share the road safely with other road users.’’

As part of Bike Wise Month, Go By Bike Day is be­ing held to­day, Fe­bru­ary 13.

On this day, New Zealan­ders are en­cour­aged to leave the car at home and cy­cle to work, school or wher­ever they are go­ing.

Cy­clists of all ages and abil­i­ties are en­cour­aged to take part and a num­ber of free break­fasts will be held in se­lect towns and cities.

See www. bike­wise. co. nz/ events to see if there are any Go By Bike Day events hap­pen­ing in your area.

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