This summer the New Zealand Transport Agency is rolling out an exciting new campaign to boost cycling all across the country. It's a great time to ride bikes in NZ with tailored guidance and tips, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of great prizes on offer.
Join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge today! This is a fun, free challenge to encourage you and your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There will be lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team.
Get handy tips on feeling more confident on a bike, including on buying and maintaining a bike. You can also get help to overcome a barrier to riding or to help boost your motivation!
- Cycling is a fun, low-cost activity you can do on your own, socially with a group or as a family.
- Cycling is good for the mind, body and soul. It can tone your body, improve your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), and boost your motivation and ability to deal with stress.
- Cycling is a great way to keep fit and healthy and an easy way to include exercise into your day.
- Cycling to work, school or around town can save you money in transport costs and gym fees, as well as making you more productive and having less sick days off.
A 30 minute bike ride at moderate intensity burns approximately 300 calories - the equivalent of a regular sized chocolate bar! Do that daily and you will meet the average adult’s recommended daily exercise requirement and halve your chances of becoming obese or diabetic! You don’t have to do it all at once – bike for 15 minutes to work in the morning and 15 minutes home in the evening.
Cycling is a highly efficient form of transport, fuelled totally by renewable energy – your own.
Getting on your bike for those short (or long) trips to work or the shops is a great way for your household to reduce pollution, as well as fuel use. You’ll notice the difference in your pocket too as those environmental benefits can save you money!
You save about 300g of carbon dioxide for each kilometre that you cycle instead of drive. That’s equal to the energy of a 60 watt incandescent light bulb running for about five hours.