The NZ Transport Agency is urging Kiwis to get on their bikes tomorrow, as New Zealand celebrates the joys of pedal power to mark Go By Bike Day.
A highlight of Bike Wise Month, Go By Bike Day events will be held tomorrow in towns and cities across New Zealand, with many providing free breakfast for anyone who arrives on a bike.
Transport Agency Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield said Go By Bike Day events and other events taking place throughout February as part of Bike Wise month were aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to give cycling a go and discover – or rediscover – the joys of cycling.
“Go By Bike Day is a fantastic opportunity for Kiwis to leave their cars at home and realise the many benefits that cycling has to offer. With more people on bikes over summer, and particularly during February, it’s also a good time to remind drivers and people who cycle to look out for each other, be considerate and share the road safely.”
Last year more than 800 Bike Wise events attracted tens of thousands of participants nationwide, with similar numbers expected this year. To find Go By Bike Day and other Bike Wise events happening in your area, visit www.bikewise.co.nz/events(external link).
The NZ Transport Agency recently launched a Share the Road education campaign designed to personalise and humanise people cycling so that motorists see beyond the bike. Information about the campaign is available here(external link)
Bike Wise Month
February is Bike Wise Month, New Zealand’s annual celebration of cycling, which sees hundreds of events held around the country during February.
Led by the NZ Transport Agency, the Bike Wise programme aims to encourage more Kiwis to get safely on their bikes, whether it be to enjoy the outdoors, spend time with the family or discover a new sport.
With thousands of events being held during Bike Wise Month, there is an event to suit every age, ability and location. If you have access to a safe working bike and helmet, then you can take part in Bike Wise Month.
Before hitting the road, brush up on your skills through the official New Zealand code for cyclists(external link) and remember these key tips for sharing the road safely:
Safety Tips for people cycling
Safety Tips for Motorists
For more information please contact:
National Media Manager
NZ Transport Agency
T: 04 894 6285
M: 021 276 3222
The NZ Transport Agency works to create transport solutions for all New Zealanders - from helping new drivers earn their licences, to leading safety campaigns to investing in public transport, state highways and local roads.