Better Jump On Your Bike This February. Here’s Why

bike wise monthHere’s a great excuse to get on your bike this February: it’s Bike Wise Month!

There’s exciting events, meetups, workshops and rides taking place all around the country. To help you get involved, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite happenings.

World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships
Aorangi Park, Glenwood, Timaru
The world of Hardcourt Bike Polo comes down under for the first time in the Championship’s seven-year history! 250 international bike polo players are expected to compete at the event. Bike to the venue for bonus points and maybe the chance to give it a go yourself. Tournament dates: 1 – 6 February 2016. Free entry.

Go By Bike Day
10 February all over New Zealand.
Ditch the car and ride your bike to school or work. There’s meetups, rides and breakfast incentives taking place at cities and towns across New Zealand. More info:

The Big Bike Film Night
15 February
9 Queens Dr, Rotorua
The best cycling short films from around the world. Time: 7.30pm. $20.

Earthcycles Twilight series
17 February
Onepu, Wellington
Cross country racing over undulating grade two and three trails. All ages and abilities welcome. Time: 5.45pm. $2.

One-day Guided Rides Around Christchurch
Choose from a laidback spin through the vineyards of the Waipara Valley, a relaxing jaunt along the Little River Rail Trail or a scenic adventure in the Port Hills. Running daily throughout summer. More info here:

Have a great week,
Andrew Hunt

Image: A recent Natural High tour group setting off to explore the vineyards of the Waipara Valley.

Jump in the saddle for Bike Wise month

February is Bike Wise month in New Zealand, and up and down the country there are heaps of fun biking events taking place, from Go By Bike days to family outings to free bike tuneups. Here’s a quick roundup of a few events that caught our eye. For the full list, or to find something close to you, check out the Bike Wise website.

Frocks on Bikes
16 February in Rotorua. 10am.
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride from the Tarawera Rd end of Long Mile, via the Te Ngae ‘Share with Care’ and Sulphur flats to the Lakefront. Buy tickets in advance from the Lakeland Queen office at the Lakefront.

Cyclovia Wellington
16 February in Wellington, 1pm-5pm.
Enjoy the Miramar Peninsula free of traffic. Ciclovía is a concept that’s growing in popularity around the world – close a road to cars and open it to people. On Sunday 16 February the section of road from Shelly Bay to Scorching Bay will be open for walkers, cyclists, and people on rollerblades, push scooters and in wheelchairs. There’ll be rock pooling activities, historical site tours and a treasure hunt for the kids. Should be a blast!

Bike Month Scavenger Hunt
17 February in Tauranga. 9am.
Explore Tauranga on your bike. Complete four rides using the new Tauranga City Cycle Map, answer the questions and go in the draw to win great cycling related prizes. You can pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt at your local library or community centre.

TripSwitch week
Begins 18 February in Hawkes Bay.
Swap one car trip a day for walking or cycling for a week. Sign up on the TripSwitch website and go in the draw to win great prizes.

Ride to Work
20 February in Christchurch.
We’ll be doing this one! (Actually we ride to work every day, but it’d be great to see some new faces on the morning commute).

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