Bike Month rolls round with events for all ages
Monday, January 20, 2020
Bike Month is back in February with a month-long calendar of over 30 pedal-powered events, activities and workshops suitable for all ages and abilities.
A jam-packed programme including social rides, kids’ activities, cycle skills sessions, bike maintenance workshops, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge and Go By Bike Day ensures there’s something for everyone across the Bay of Plenty, from regular cyclists to those wanting to get back on two wheels.
Bike Month kicks off on Saturday 1 February with the Tauranga Moana Leisurely Ride – a free guided cycle with a Māori historian to pā sites around Tauranga. Then on Sunday 2 February it’s a chance for kids to get their wheels spinning with a Kids Learn to Ride session. On Wednesday 12 Feburary Ōpōtiki is hosting the Superheroes on Bikes for under 5s and the following Saturday there's a beginner mountain bike skills session at Onepu Mountain Bike Park near Kawerau.
Sport Bay of Plenty’s recreation team leader Sonia Lynds says Bike Month is a great way for people to get active and have fun.
“The aim of Bike Month is to offer free or low cost activities that encourage people to get back on their bikes, build biking confidence and discover some of the great cycle trails in our region.
“Some other events this year include Cycle Savvy skills sessions and a have-a-go day at Tauranga BMX, as well as Summer Bike Fun Days across the Eastern Bay and the Katikati family friendly time trial.”
Adaptive equipment is available for several Bike Month events this year to help participants with physical or visual impairments get involved.
Lynds says the benefits of cycling are numerous: “Cycling is a fun way to get fit, and it’s a great form of sustainable transport that can help you beat the woes of being stuck in traffic.”
To encourage more cycle commuting Go By Bike Day is also back across the Eastern, Central and Western Bay of Plenty and people are encouraged to commute to work via two wheels. Pit stops with free refreshments and spot prizes will be located along the main commuter trails between 7 and 8:45am.
Bike Month also coincides with the NZ Transport Agency’s Aoteraoa Bike Challenge, a month-long free competition open to all organisations, including businesses and clubs, that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people riding for just 10 minutes or more.
Check out full calendar of Bike Month activities to find an event near you.
About Bike Month
Bike Month is part of Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay initiative which aims to connect people across the Bay of Plenty with low cost and free recreational activities that support more people to be more active, more often.
Bike Month in the Western Bay of Plenty is a collaborative effort between Sport Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City Council, Travel Safe Tauranga and Cycling New Zealand.
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