Get out on your bike to cel­e­brate fi­nal day of fes­ti­val

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - HAMISH MACLEAN

ON the last day of the fes­ti­val, peo­ple will be en­cour­aged to take to their bikes to cel­e­brate art.

Art is part of a healthy life­style, says Mrs McEl­hin­ney.

Art on Bikes will fol­low the Alps 2 Ocean Oa­maru sec­tion and fea­ture stops to con­sider parks, bugs, birds, and rocks along the way.

Start­ing at We­ston and fin­ish­ing at Friendly Bay where the Oa­maru Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, the Oa­maru Stone Sculp­ture Sym­po­sium and the trav­el­ling theatre Sausage Cir­cus Bi­cy­cle Sound Sys­tem will be go­ing on,

Art on Bikes will of­fer rid­ers stops at the Waitaki Com­mu­nity Gar­dens, the Oa­maru Pub­lic Gar­dens and Takaro Park.

Bikes will be avail­able for hire and there will be op­tions for trans­port to the start of the trail, but all­com­ers were wel­comed at any point of the trail, Mrs McEl­hin­ney said.

‘‘It’s [about] cre­at­ing some­thing with no si­los. It’s open and it should be some­thing that ev­ery­one can get ex­cited about.’’

‘‘If you de­cide you want to have a bit of fun on the day, you can get your face painted . . . you might want to titi­vate your hel­met a lit­tle bit.

‘‘And you jump on your bike and you head away.’’

At the com­mu­nity gar­dens Christchurch en­to­mol­o­gist, and host of An­i­mal Planet’s Bug­gin’

with Ruud, Ruud Klein­paste would fea­ture. At the pub­lic gar­dens there would be rock paint­ing and live mu­sic and at Takaro Park Orokonui Eco­sanc­tu­ary’s Tahu Macken­zie would be on hand to help make ‘‘seed bombs’’ and Safer Waitaki would chal­lenge young rid­ers.

Mrs McEl­hin­ney said she ex­pected the event to grow.

‘‘I can see this start­ing at the top of the Alps 2 Ocean and get­ting all those com­mu­ni­ties along the way in­volved,’’ she said.

PHOTO: HAMISH MACLEAN

Life­style choice . . . Rob Con­nolly will ferry rid­ers for Art on Bikes, the Waitaki Arts Fes­ti­val clos­ing day cel­e­bra­tion of art in Oa­maru, to parks and gar­dens rid­ers will en­counter as they fol­low the last sec­tion of the Alps 2 Ocean Cy­cle Trail from We­ston to Friendly Bay.

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