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Made up of 10 islands within a 40 kilometre radius and with a population of only 600, the Chatham Islands sounds like an idyllic place to get on your bike and get away from it all. And while living on the islands is certainly unique, it’s not without its challenges.
This summer, Bike Wise is asking Kiwis to share their favourite places to cycle from around New Zealand and be in to win bikes, helmets and cycling goodies from Avantiplus.
Retired senior lecturer Alastair Smith who has battled bone cancer (multiple myeloma) since 2002 is a cycling enthusiast who keeps on giving back to cycling in his home town of Wellington. Right now Alistair is coordinating the interestingly named Ciclovia event in Miramar which will see a section of the Harbour Road closed for 3 Sundays over summer.
Since its debut in 2001, Ecofest in the Nelson region, has become one of New Zealand’s most pre-eminent sustainability-focussed events. This year, in collaboration with Get Moving – an active community’s project, visitors were encouraged to embrace equally sustainable transport options.
Some kids look forward to school as a chance to see their friends or, even to eat their lunch, but for pupils at Waihi East School, it’s just another excuse for them to get on their bikes!
Earlier this month the Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (EWCT) held their annual awareness week and asked supporters to get on their bikes (and other modes of transport) and ‘go car free for epilepsy’.
No, they’re not some renegade women’s motorcycle club. They’re actually a bunch of mums who have been touched by child cancer and now ride to raise funds for the charity, Child Cancer Foundation.
Increasing the safety of New Zealanders who cycle is an important part of Bike Wise. First piloted in 2012, Be Bright is a key Bike Wise initiative designed to help keep all road users safe and to ensure the visibility of people on bicycles, especially during times of low-light. Wearing bright, reflective and high-visibility clothing, and using front and rear bike lights, are all simple ways for cyclists to improve their visibility.
Like shoulder-pads, the term ‘rad’ is an old-school 80’s throw back, but at RAD Bikes in Christchurch, they’re all about embracing the old and making it new. The ‘rad’ in RAD Bikes stands for ’Recycle a Dunger’. Run by an army of volunteers, RAD Bikes is a relocatable community shed based in central Christchurch which provides workshop space where anyone can build, repair or help restore bikes.
Stage One of the new Beach Road cycleway, the latest section of Auckland’s expanding cycling network, was recently opened by Prime Minister John Key.