TRANSPORT – Win prizes for cycling with the Aotearoa Bike Challenge

29 November 2016

Would you like to get healthier, build team spirit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and win prizes? You can do it all, just by getting on your bike.

It’s time to for SBN members to sign up for this summer’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge. The aim is to encourage more people to cycle, Lycra not required. The challenge is simply to increase your use of the bike – even if it’s from nothing at all to 10 minutes on nice sunny days.

The free, friendly competition is based on an easy to use website that logs your cycling trips. You can log your rides by typing them in or loading them from your favourite GPS movement app on your smartphone. This allows you to see how many calories you have burned, and how much CO2 you may have avoided emitting with each ride. You can build a team and compare yourself to others. You can also stay in touch with cycling events across the country.

You can start logging rides straight away. But the focus for the challenge will come in February, when people all over New Zealand will be taking part in the friendly workplace competition. Organisations and departments will compete against those of a similar size. You can win for achievement, or from spot prizes throughout the competition. Prizes include a new bike, a holiday in Croatia and more!

SBN members signing up should post a photo of their team, or anything cycling-themed, to their Facebook page. Tag @SustainableBusinessNetworkNZ and we will share it far and wide to encourage others. We’ll have a few spot prizes of our own for the most original photos! 

Register by this Friday and we will put you in our draw to win a couple of exclusive member prizes. 

Adventure Capital are providing a one hour bike skills refresher session and four free half day bike rentals, including all the safety gear and cycleway maps. Bicycle Junction is offering the winning organisation a set of three Linus fleet bikes for staff to use for three weeks. This includes helmets, locks and pannier satchels.

If the winners are drawn from other areas we will lay on something similar near you.

The Sustainable Business Network is backing the challenge as part of its BikeNow! project, in partnership with NZTA, AECOM and Fulton Hogan.

Phil Jones, SBN project lead, says: “Cycling has been proved to reduce stress and cut sick days. There has never been a better time to give cycling at work a try. Cycling is becoming more and more convenient and safe. There are new cycleways appearing in towns and cities all over the country. And with electric bikes you don’t even need to break into a sweat!”  

If you would like to know more about the Challenge, or about our BikeNow! project, contact phil@sustainable.org.nz or call him on 021 835 146.