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Record participation in 2019 Aotearoa Bike Challenge

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This year’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge has encouraged thousands more New Zealanders to cycle, with more than 22,000 people from over 1,900 organisations taking part, including over 4,700 new riders.

Workplaces across the country were encouraged to sign up for the Challenge and to motivate staff to take part.

Kevin Reid, Acting Senior Manager System Design, NZ Transport Agency says it was great to see so many New Zealanders committed to getting on their bikes in February.

“This year we’ve seen a 54 percent increase in the number of people taking part which is fantastic. The Challenge gives people an incentive to incorporate cycling into everyday life and see and feel the benefits.”

Over 1,900 organisations participated in the Challenge this year, an 18 percent increase from 2018. Many of them took part for similar reasons – to increase staff wellbeing and to work towards their organisational goals around sustainability.

Throughout the month of February participants made more than 289,000 trips by bike (a 79% increase), cycling an impressive 3.7 million kilometres in total.

 All of the Beca offices across New Zealand got involved with the Challenge. Beca Auckland Challenge Champion Leon Keefer said:
“Beca is working to become a more sustainable organisation. With travel and transport being our greatest source of impact, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge helps to create new habits of reaching for a helmet before reaching for your car keys.”

Canterbury DHB Challenge participant, Meg Christie, says their organisation gets behind the Challenge because they are aware of the many benefits of riding a bike:

"As a public health unit, we really understand the multiple benefits of cycling to create a healthier and more engaged workforce. We all also want to save money and not have to find or pay for parking in the CBD.”

Trustpower had 63 of their employees taking part. Trustpower Challenge Champion David Maris said:

“We like to encourage anything that maximizes our staff’s well-being and cycling has major health benefits – both physically and mentally. In 2018 we got behind Mental Health Week and have been promoting the five ways to well-being ever since. One of those is ‘Be Active’ or ‘Me Kori Tonu’, so getting behind this challenge fitted in really well with the messaging we started at the end of last year.”

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a partnership between the NZ Transport Agency, local councils and the global organisation Love to Ride. To give riders an extra incentive, there were great prizes up for grabs including an e-bike donated by Mercury, a Mountain Bike Tour and lots of cycling gear.

See below for the full list of category winners.

Place

Company

Region

Number of staff cycling

Kilometres travelled

2000+ staff

 

1.

Beca

Auckland

474

80,252

2.

Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury

425

71,689

3.

Christchurch City Council

Canterbury

335

64,463

500 – 1999 staff

 

1.

Tonkin & Taylor

Auckland

304

34,974

2.

University of Canterbury

Canterbury

164

36,281

3.

New Plymouth District Council

Taranaki

203

21,439

200 – 499 staff

 

1.

Beca Christchurch

Canterbury

156

29,147

2.

Trimble Navigation NZ

Canterbury

93

19,571

3.

Waikato Regional Council

Waikato

135

15,282

50 – 199 staff

 

1.

GHD – Christchurch

Canterbury

71

12,372

2.

Aurecon Christchurch

Canterbury

71

10,057

3.

Beca Ltd. Hamilton

Waikato

99

8,346

20 – 49 staff

 

1.

PDP – Christchurch

Canterbury

40

6,669

2.

Abley – Christchurch

Canterbury

39

5,315

3.

Holmes Consulting - Auckland

Auckland

28

5,154

7 – 19 staff

 

1.

Fastlane Fitness

Waikato

14

4,639

2.

Alchemy Group

Canterbury

11

3,991

3.

Salvation Army Linwood

Canterbury

19

2,552

3 – 6 staff

 

1.

Brook Serene – Marketing & Reservations

Canterbury

6

2400

2.

TESLA Asia Pacific Ltd

Auckland

6

2070

3.

Molteno Ophthalmic Limited

Otago

6

2236

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