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Go By Bike for better health and wellbeing

Friday, February 8, 2019

Breeze past the traffic and discover the benefits of active transport with Sport Bay of Plenty’s Go By Bike Days in February.

The annual event is part of Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay Bike Month calendar, which seeks to connect the region with low cost and free recreational activities revolving around cycling.
Sport Bay of Plenty Recreation Team Leader Sonia Lynds says Go By Bike Days are all about encouraging people to get active and give cycling a go.

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“Cycling is a great way to commute to work and school, or to get around town. Not only is cycling good for you, it’s also good for the environment, reduces traffic congestion and makes you feel good!”
Lynds says Go By Bike Day and other Bike Month activities are a convenient and fun way for people to start counteracting sedentary habits such us lots of screen time or using a car for short trips.

“Nearly a third of New Zealand adults spend less than 30 minutes a week participating in sport or active recreation, but the Ministry of Health recommends adults do at least 2.5 hours of moderate or 1 ¼ hours of vigorous physical activity spread throughout the week. Cycling to work or school is a good first step to being more active, plus it’s an easy way to make the most of the time we have available for physical activity.”

To encourage people to get on a bike and get active, Go By Bike Days will include pit stops along popular cycle commuter routes.

Sport Bay of Plenty will be on hand offering free snacks and refreshments including Good Buzz Kombucha to riders, as well as a range of spot prizes.
In the lead up to Go By Bike Day, Sport Bay of Plenty has also teamed up with The Hits, Koops Cycles Avantiplus and Cyclezone Rotorua to give away a bike. Head to The Hits Bay of Plenty or The Hits Rotorua on Facebook and post a picture of you on a bike for your chance to win!

Find a pit stop near you:

Whakatāne, Kawerau and Opotiki

When: Thursday, 14 February (7-9am)

Pit stop locations:

  • Warren Cole Walkway, by bridge
  • Salvation Army Hall,Goulstone Rd, Whakatane
  • Poppy's Café,The Strand,Whakatane
  • Blue Moon Four Square,St John’s Street, Opotiki
  • Maurie Kjar Memorial Swimming Pool, Cnr Glasgow and Plunket St, Kawerau

Pit stops include refreshments thanks to Good Buzz, spot prizes thanks to Poppy's Cafe, Soaked in Adventure, Domino's Pizza, Whakatāne Aquatic Centre, Subway, Whakamax, Lisa Mille Access Consiousness Bars and your chance to win 1 of 3 $100 vouchers from Whakatāne Cycle Centre.

Rotorua

When: Tuesday, 26 February (7-9am)

Pit stop locations:

  • Corner of Lake Road and Railway Road
  • Te Ngae Road, Roadside near the Redwoods Centre
  • Corner of Basley Road and Moray Street
  • Old Taupo Road, outside New World

Pit stops include refreshments from Good Buzz, spot prizes thanks o The Wall rock climbing centre, Redwoods Treewalk, Te Puia and your chance to win 1 of 3 $100 vouchers from Cyclezone Rotorua.

Tauranga

When: Wednesday, 27 February (6:45-8:45am)

Pit stop locations:

  • Red Square
  • Cameron Road, opposite Boys College
  • Corner Chapel St & Maxwells Rd
  • Simpson Reserve, Papamoa
  • Harbour Bridge (marina, cycleway side)
  • Opposite Salt Marsh Reserve, 428 Ngatai Rd, Otumoetai
  • Omanu Bowling Club Car park, Golf Rd
  • Grenada Street – by Reilly Avenue Reserve

Pit stops include refreshments from Good Buzz and your chance to win a $50 voucher thanks to My Ride Mount Maunganui.

Check out the Bike Month calendar

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