By Alan Tristram
It’s ‘Bike Wise Month’ and the highlight is national ‘Go By Bike Day’ tomorrow — with a Bike Wise Brekkie at the Kapiti Police Station.
Cyclists can drop in any time between 6.30am and 9.30am for a pit stop and fill up with coffee, food and and other breakfast goodies.
Kapiti Coast cyclists — and bikers of all ages throughout the country — are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and cycle to work, school or wherever they’re going.
Bike Wise is a programme backed by the Transport Agency to promote cycling as fun, and a healthy way to travel, while encouraging all road users to share the road safely.
Hundreds of cycling related events are being run around the country throughout the month.
And on the Kapiti Coast, the month’s events include:
* Pedalling in the Park and Kids Mountain Bike Race, 6 April (Paraparaumu)
* Bike Wise Brekkie, 6.30am to 9.30am, at Kapiti Police Station, 12 February
* Free Bike Tune Ups/Free Sausage Sizzle/Music, 15 February (Otaki)
National events include family-friendly festivals, competitive races, women’s only events, cycle skills training and even a series of Big Bike Tune Ups where mechanics conduct free bicycle maintenance and safety checks.
“Bike Wise Month features plenty of opportunities for Kiwis to get involved in cycling and we’d love to see more people out there giving it a go this February. With more people out on bikes over the summer months, it’s also an ideal time to remind drivers and people who cycle to look out for each other, be considerate and share the road safely,” says Ernst Zollner, NZ Transport Agency Road Safety Director.
Mr Zollner said the NZ Transport Agency recently launched a Share the Road education and advertising campaign designed to personalise and humanise people cycling so that motorists see beyond the bike. More information is available via www.nzta.govt.nz/about/advertising/other-advertising/share-the-road.html<http://www.nzta.govt.nz/about/advertising/other-advertising/share-the-road.html>
This year marks the 12th year of the Bike Wise programme. In 2013, more than 800 events attracted some 75,000 participants nationwide.