Healthy sport for whole family
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.