Bike Month - 2018 Highlights
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Bike Month is done and dusted for 2018, with February seeing more people get out and about on two wheels. Thanks to everyone who took part in one of our activities across the region - here are a few final highlights from the month.
GO BY BIKE DAY
From Waikite Valley School:
We held our Go by Bike Day - we have 73 children at our school and 67 of them either rode to school or brought their bikes to school. Usually they either bus or drive to school as we are rural. The children shared their bikes at school with the six who either did not have bikes or forgot. This way pretty much everyone had a ride over the day.
The day was organised by our Year 7 and 8s. Children registered on arrival and racked their bikes in their year groups. The first thing was the Grand Parade. All children paraded around the field showing off costumes and dressed bikes for which there were prizes. Later in the morning Casey King from Southstar Shuttles came out to teach our children how to ride on our brand new pump track for the first time.
After a short morning tea the seniors had three rotations organised; distance racing around the field, sprints, and the pump track. The children moved through these activities in their class groups. There were spot prizes handed out for various things at each activity.
The last chance to ride occurred at lunchtime. After eating the children were able to ride on the field or have another go on the pump track.
From the BOP DHB:
Go By Bike Day saw more then 50 staff members opting for two wheels instead of four. 45 bike commuters were welcomed with coffee vouchers, muffins and bananas at Tauranga Hospital's two bike shed, while at Whakatane Hospital eight cyclists were smilarly greeted at the biek shed there. The 'pit stops' were manned from 7am to 9am.
BEGINNER'S MOUNTAIN BIKING
An enthusiastic group of ladies took part in the second Beginner's Mountain Biking with Revolve.
It was a great evening in the forest to have a play on the trails including some sessions on Dipper.
There was a total of 18 riders - big thanks to Nadia from Riding Flow and Erin, Gayle and Raewyn from Revolve for delivering and assisting with this session.
AOTEAROA BIKE CHALLENGE
The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more.
Each week we drew a winner for different achievements, including Top Encourager, Top Male and Female Riders, and Top Commuter.
The aim of ABC is to encourage more people to see cycling as a viable method of active transport and build commuter behaviour.
A number of large organisations really embraced the challenge, with the likes of Tauranga City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Trustpower and Mercury - Rotorua all encouraging their staff to go by bike and log their rides with great success.
Meanwhile, smaller companies such as Harrison Grierson, Ignite Architects - Tauranga, Tiaki Engineering Consultants Ltd, Fruition Horticulture BOP, and Warren and Mahoney - Tauranga had outstanding participation rates with 70 to 100% of their staff taking part in the challenge.
Organisation category winners were:
- 2000+ Staff – Bay of Plenty District Health Board (3.5%)
- 500-1999 Staff – Tauranga City Council (15%)
- 200-499 Staff – Rotorua Lakes Council (12%)
- 50-199 Staff – Mercury Rotorua (70%)
- 20-49 Staff – Harrison Grierson AND Department of Conservation Rotorua (40%) (SBOP was 3rd with 39%)
- 7-19 Staff – Ignite Architects Tauranga (80%)
- 3-6 Staff – Warren and Mahoney Tauranga AND TDG Tauranga (100%)
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and increased their cycling during the month of February - keep up the good work!
CYCLEZONE E-BIKE INFORMATION SESSION
This workshop had seven attendees with Bryce from Cyclezone delivering a really informative session of the different types of e-bikes, battery life, battery life, charging and replacement, along with safe transport of your e-bike and a have a go session - which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
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