Power of cycling
With the very first Matamata Festival of Cycling just around the corner, the Lamberts share their love of cycling.
Matamata’s inaugural Festival of Cycling will celebrate everything bike related.
And one Matamata family, the Lamberts, are certainly cycling mad.
Murray Lambert, the local Presbyterian minister, rides to work and back most days and as a family, they all love getting out on their bikes together exploring.
And as Matamata is generally flat, they say they can do that with ease.
Louise says she likes to ride with the children to school and along Centennial Dr. She says cycling is great exercise while also being a fun family activity they can all do. ‘‘It’s also great as a mode of transport in that it saves on petrol. It suits us.’’
Murray feels that most of Matamata is safe for riding your bike. ‘‘We don’t like Smith St or Firth St very much, but you can work around that and get to most places quite quickly and often not a lot slower than what you would in a car.’’
The family say the Festival of Cycling, which takes place on Sunday, November 1 at Firth Tower, sounds like lots of fun.
Families and keen cyclists are encouraged to ride out to the Tower on the day, or simply head out for a look around. A range of activities and events, including but not limited to, a bike decorating competition, skills and drills and old time cycling movies are being planned for the day, which kicks off at around 10am.