The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back for February 2019

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February (for just 10minutes or more!).

Regular commuter cyclists rejoice: this is a great opportunity to encourage your colleagues to give cycling a shot during February. There is plenty of awesome prizes to tempt your team along the way (like cycle trips, bike accessories, chocolate, more chocolate, morning tea shouts and even a new bike!). Plus, there’s some great inter-department competition opportunities (bragging rights are totally up for grabs).

How does it work?
You and your workplace team earn points for every km you ride, every day that you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign up across UC during the month. The competition is organised so we only compete against other workplaces of comparable size – UC falls into the 500-1999 staff category. By participating in the challenge you’ll earn individual points for days ridden, kms travelled and people encouraged, plus your points contribute to your department and organisation’s total tally.

The best part is, it’s not just about cycling to work. All rides during the month count, so while cycling to work is a great option for some, we know it doesn’t work for everyone. You can log all rides: your commute, your weekend mountain bike, your family day out, or your trip to the shops!  

UC’s track record 
We’ve got a pretty good track record in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, with UC coming third in our category for Christchurch last year! During Feb 2018, UC staff cycled a total of 115,467kms, with 9.5% of our staff registering a ride during the month.

Our own Diana Hinterleitner from the UC Enrolments Team is the “Challenge Champion” here on campus, for the work she did in 2017 setting up UC as an organisation to participate in the challenge. She also is our Top Encourager, encouraging 11 people to sign up and log a ride during the challenge last year. Since 2017, a number of departments have joined the fun and taken on the challenge – from Product Design to Financial Services. We reckon there’s a pretty good chance your department is already registered, but if not, it’s easy to sign up. You can see all the UC team members and departments that participated in the challenge last year here (there’s some pretty impressive numbers of kms there, College of Engineering we’re looking at you!)

I’m interested, how do I take part?
Follow these easy steps:

  1. Register yourself and/or your department on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge website.
  2. Ride a bike anywhere, any time for at least 10minutes during the challenge (1-28 Feb)
  3. Record your ride on the Bike Challenge website, and tell your friends and coworkers about the challenge
  4. Reward yourself and your team by winning prizes!

Is your team already participating in the 2019 Bike Challenge, or planning to now? Let the Sustainability Office know! We would love to hear about it, so we can support you all the way.

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year, and what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge! Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

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A big thanks to Diana Hinterleitner for providing the photographs for this blog.

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