More than 137 workplaces and 1600 people will be competing in the first Auckland Bike Challenge.
Organised by Auckland Transport and supported by Healthy Auckland Together and Auckland Regional Public Health, the Auckland Bike Challenge encourages employers to promote cycling to staff during February – Bikewise month.
Entrants record every bike journey they make during the month (to and from work and after work time), add their distance covered with other participants at their workplace and then compare it with organisations of a similar size. Teams then compete for a number of prizes.
Registrations through the roof
Auckland Transport Travel Demand Manager Melanie Alexander says registrations are double what was expected. “It’s pretty incredible. Workplaces are embracing the challenge, it is a nice fit for workplaces wellbeing and sustainability objectives. That is especially the case for workplaces in the city centre where improvement works will make choosing to bike to work a great option.
“We are seeing a real increase in the number of people cycling in Auckland which is great. An increasing number of commuting cyclists are realising the personal fitness, health and wealth benefits of biking to work or study.”
Auckland cycle network expanding
The Auckland cycle network is expanding with the recent opening of the pink Lightpath, Nelson Street Cycleway and improvements on the Northwestern Cycleway making it easier for Aucklanders to ride to and from work safely. Auckland Transport, NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are working on a $200 million programme of cycle improvements over the next three years.
The Auckland Bike Challenge goes from 1 February to 29 February and employers can enter any time throughout the month.