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To encourage more people to discover how easy and enjoyable riding a bike can be, the Transport Agency has partnered with Love to Ride to develop the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, a national bike initiative that is returning for its second year and will take place in February 2018.

Organisations from across New Zealand are encouraged to take part in the challenge and get their staff and department teams to compete to see who can get the most people to ride a bike. There are some exciting prizes and spot prizes on offer as an extra incentive to take part.

Aotearoa Bike Challenge - February 2018

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The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is returning for its second year on Thursday 1 February 2018.

The fun, free workplace challenge encourages New Zealanders to make everyday trips by bike, with tailored guidance and tips and the chance to win some great prizes, including e-bikes.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is based on the global Love to Ride platform, which was brought to New Zealand by the NZ Transport Agency as part of the Government’s commitment to making cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice for New Zealanders.

Sign up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, recruit your friends and colleagues to join you, log your rides during February and be in to win! visit (external link) to get involved.

It’s Spring, Ride Anywhere and Win!

In October 2017 we bought back a special 'lean' edition of the challenge.  The Aotearoa mini Bike Challenge was the perfect chance for participants to see if they could best their mark from February 2017, set themselves a new challenge, or learn a new riding skill. 

More than 5,200 New Zealanders got on their bikes during the October mini challenge including almost 4,000 new riders.

Read the media release: Over 5,000 Kiwis accept spring cycling challenge (external link)

 Aotearoa Bike Challenge - February 2017

The first, national Aotearoa Bike Challenge in February 2017 successfully encouraged more Kiwis to cycle, with more than 14,000 people from over 1000 organisations taking part, including almost 4000 new riders. During the Challenge participants made more than 150,000 trips by bike, and cycled an impressive 1.99 million kilometres.

Read the media release: Nearly 2 million kilometres cycled in first Aotearoa Bike Challenge