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Get Cycling During Bike Month

Monday, January 18, 2016

Get Cycling During Bike Month

Summer and Play in the Bay’s Bike Month is the perfect time for everyone to discover or rediscover the joy of cycling.  Dust off your bike and get cycling with over thirty cycling related activities and events happening during February.

Whether you’re into road cycling, mountain biking, recreational cycling or a complete beginner there’s something for everyone in the Bike Month calendar.  Nothing beats cycling for a fun and healthy activity that is great for the whole family.  It’s also an easy way to beat the traffic as you commute to work or school.

Here in Tauranga we are really lucky as there are heaps of off road paths that link up the different parks and reserves all around the city.  During Bike Month you can learn all about these different trails with weekly guided rides happening on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  If learning how to maintain your bike is more your thing then there’s also four different Bike Basics Workshops happening over the month.

As well as all the activities in the calendar there is a number of other cycling initiatives happening such as the Tour de Bay corporate cycling challenge.  In teams of three the mission is to get cycling and clock up as many kilometres as possible during February.  Kilometres are collated each week with the goal of virtualy cycling around the Bay of Plenty.  I encourage workplaces to enter as many teams as possible - you could even create your own inter-workplace challenge or challenge another workplace to take part.  As well as an overall prize there will be weekly prizes for the teams with the most kilometres cycled, the most teams entered from a workplace, and the most improved team.

Everyone is encouraged to leave the car at home on Wednesday 10th February for the nationwide Go By Bike Day, with prizes and snacks on offer at six pit stops around town.

A bike month scavenger hunt is also happening during February where the aim is to answer eight questions associated with completing the Waikareao Estuary loop track.  Grab the family, get on your bikes, explore Waikareao, get the questions correct and go into the draw to win a $100 voucher from RideBikes Tauranga.

The Ride Leader workshop is back again for 2016.  Sport BOP and Travel Safe are on the lookout for those who are passionate about cycling and are keen to share this passion with others through becoming a Ride Leader volunteer for their community.  Through this free workshop you will learn how to lead a group of cyclists, cycle skills, cycle road sense and safety and local on/off road cycle routes.  This workshop is open to all types and levels of cyclists.

For more information about bike month and to download the calendar visit http://www.sportbop.co.nz/februarybikemonth or pick up the calendar from your local community centre or library.  Alternatively contact the Western BOP Recreation Advisor, Dahl Gurdit-Singh – 07 578 0016 or 027 441 2164 or dahls@sportbop.co.nz

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