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NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle … so far!

NZs Favourite Places to Cycle

As part of Bike Wise Month, we asked you what your favourite places to cycle were and you responded in your thousands!

Biking Island Style

An image of Chatham Island children on their bikes

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.

Bike Wise launches NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle

Picture of The Redwoods in Rotorua

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. 

Cancer battler gives back to cycling

Alastair Smith

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. 

Making the sustainable attainable

Bikes at Nelson Ecofest

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. 

Learning the fun way at Waihi East School

Waihi East Schools new bike track

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!

Cycling in support of epilepsy awareness

Car free for epilepsy day supporters

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’.

Mums Bums on Bikes takes on child cancer one ride at a time

Mums Bums on Bikes sign

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. 

On the bright side: Bike Wise gets visibility message across

Image of a cyclist wearing visibility gear at night

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.

 

RAD Bikes helps Cantabrians recycle their cycles

A picture of volunteers at the RAD Bikes shed in Christchurch

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.

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