Inaugural Auckland Bike Challenge already a hit among people

Published on : Saturday, January 30, 2016

Auckland Bike ChallengeThe inaugural Auckland Bike Challenge will see participation of 1600 people from more than 137 workplaces. The Auckland Bike Challenge encourages employers to promote cycling to staff during February, Bikewise month.

The event is being organised by Auckland Transport and supported by Healthy Auckland Together and Auckland Regional Public Health.

Auckland Transport Travel Demand Manager Melanie Alexander says registrations are double of what was expected. “It’s pretty incredible. Workplaces are embracing the challenge, it is a nice fit for workplaces wellbeing and sustainability objectives.

Entrants record every bike journey they make during the month (to and from work and after work time), add their distance covered with other participants at their workplace and then compare it with organisations of a similar size. Teams then compete for a number of prizes.

The Auckland cycle network is expanding with the recent opening of the pink Lightpath, Nelson Street Cycleway and improvements on the Northwestern Cycleway making it easier for Aucklanders to ride to and from work safely.

Auckland Transport, NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are working on a $200 million programme of cycle improvements over the next three years.

The Auckland Bike Challenge will be held from 1 February to 29 February and employers can enter any time throughout the month.


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