Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2019

To encourage more people to make everyday trips by bike and discover how easy and enjoyable riding a bike can be, the NZ Transport Agency has partnered with Love to Ride for the third year to bring back the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, a national workplace cycling challenge.

Small businesses and organisations from across New Zealand are encouraged to take part in the challenge, to set up teams and encourage colleagues to take part. Friends and families are also encouraged to set up teams and to compete to see who can get the most people to ride a bike. All it takes to participate in the challenge is one 10-minute trip by bike; there are plenty of prizes on offer for anyone who does take up the challenge. Participants can win spot prizes, national and even global prizes.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge aims to grow the number of people making A-B trips by bike, and to help in building the case for better cycling facilities in the workplace. The challenge can be a useful tool for workplaces to achieve workplace objectives which may include health and wellbeing programmes, challenges with car parking availability, as well as environmental and sustainability programmes/policies.

From 1-28 February, the 2019 Aotearoa Bike Challenge will aim to reach New Zealanders aged 16+, their friends, family and the organisations they work for, to encourage them to give riding a bike a go.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge focuses on participation, not distance, to ensure a fair competition that encourages new and occasional riders, along with regular riders. 

The 2018 Aotearoa Bike Challenge targets included getting 10,000 people participating in the challenge including 2000 ‘new riders’. A ‘new rider’ was defined as: ‘has not been on a bike in the past 12 months’. Results far exceeded targets, with more than 14,000 people from 1648 organisations taking part, including almost 2647 new riders. During the 2018 challenge, participants made more than 159,000 trips by bike and cycled an impressive 2.1million kilometres.

This year’s targets are to get 1200 organisations, 17,500 people, including 3500 new riders participating in the event.

To get involved, please visit: https://www.lovetoride.net/nz

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