UC staff biked their way to win 1st place in the 500 -1999 staff category in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge held this year.
The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a free, fun competition to see which organisation can get the most people to ride a bike. Teams earn points for riding and for recruiting new members. The competition is based primarily on numbers of staff taking part, but points are also awarded for the number of trips taken and distance ridden.
Our cycling success in the Challenge was demonstrated in many ways:
- 262 out of 1918 staff are cycling , that’s 14% participation
- 13,566 trips were cycled during the Challenge which is equivalent to 179,472 kilometres cycled
- 55,515 commute kilometres/5619 commute trips
- 15,746 kg co2 was saved by cycling
Imagine if more people rode bikes in Aotearoa New Zealand – our air would be cleaner, our cities would be more peaceful and our streets would be safer. We’d be fitter too. Studies have shown that places with higher numbers of riders have fewer accidents per rider. Increased participation leads to greater visibility and awareness and makes bicycling safer for everyone.
Let’s get out there cycling more often, whether it’s for fun, exercise or transport to work. Check out how the challenge operates and be ready for the next one.
Photo: Diana Hinterleitner is presented with the winning certificate during the Christchurch City Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee on 10 April.