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ActiveVoice: “Go by Bike Day” sending the right message to cyclists

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kids-on-Bikes

People across the Bay of Plenty ditched their cars, buckled their helmets and pushed the pedal for “Go by Bike Day” last week.

Sport Bay of Plenty set up pit stops around central areas and encourage people to make the most of the freebies on offer, as well as the chance to win bike shop vouchers. Schools also got involved by setting up their own pit stops or separate bike related activities.

“The schools are a great channel to getting more kids on bikes, and with the buzz that can be created around Go by Bike Day and with the enthusiasm we can build, the more likely the kids will ride their bikes again! It is also a great opportunity to reinforce road safety.” says Sonia Lynds Recreation Team Leader at Sport Bay of Plenty.

In the Eastern Bay of Plenty the Whakatane Bluelight group participated by doing bike safety checks for the children, with children being rewarded with bells for their bikes and ice cream vouchers.

Katikati in the Western Bay of Plenty held their first pit stop this year which translated into two successful rides over the weekend.

The Rotorua Bike Festival kicked off a ten day festival with Go by Bike Day, attracting all sorts of commuters including families, school children, seasoned riders and even dogs!

A great time was had by all with over 800 cyclists across the Bay of Plenty supporting the clear message “biking is healthy and fun, it creates positive experiences for young and old and teaches responsibility.” It’s never too late to start biking.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge continues through February, and it’s not too late to sign up. www.lovetoride.net/bop/

Some useful (or not) information
• Cycling only three hours per week cuts your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

• The fastest speed ever recorded on a bicycle was attained by American Olympic Cyclist and Ironman triathlon competitor John Howard, when he reached 152.2 mph in 1985. That is fast!

• Bicycles save over 238 million gallons of gas per year by replacing trips made in cars.

• If you wanted to, you could fit anywhere between 6 and 20 bicycles in a standard car parking space in a paved lot.

• A 2000 survey by the commuters in Copenhagen, Denmark concluded that people who commute by bicycle are so healthy that they’re 39% less likely to die (of any cause) than those who don’t ride bicycles.

• There are twice as many bicycles in the world as there are motor vehicles. There are about 1 billion bicycles being used right now!

• On a bicycle, you can travel three times faster than you can walk, for the same amount of energy.

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