St Joseph’s School Hastings opening

A beautiful sunny autumn morning in Hastings – a perfect day to officially snip the ribbon on St Joseph’s School new bike track.

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The opening was quickly followed by the St Joseph’s “Bikeathon”, a sponsored ride to raise funds for the school. Room 2 (above) had the honour of eagerly kicking off the event on their new bikes, while the other classes recorded their completed laps (a perfect excuse for many hi-fives as each lap was ticked off), and waited for their own chance to speed round.

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A huge thank you goes out to Infinity Foundation, First Light Community Trust, Eastern and Central Community Trust, Sanderson Trust and the Bernard Chambers Charitable Trust for funding towards the project.

A number of local businesses have also sponsored bikes including Gemco Group, Bramwell Grossman, Hastings City New World, Proactive Management, Tumu Merchants, Horton Plumbing, Supergreene Enterprises, Konica Minolta, Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the School’s Family and Friends group.

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Thanks to all these project supporters – we think the finished track looks fantastic and is going to get a lot of use!

Thanks to everyone supporting Bikes in Schools in the Tour of NZ

You have to admire anyone setting off on an 7 day cycle event, covering around 100km day. So we’re in awe of all those who took part in the this year’s Tour of New Zealand – a punishing enough event even without the bad weather that accompanied a lot of the race.
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Many of those taking part were raising money for Bikes in Schools, and we are extremely grateful to all of them for their efforts. We’ve featured a couple of them on our Facebook page already, like Ross and the two high performance KPMG teams. (above, kitted out in the Bikes in Schools caps)
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There was also journalist Rod Oram and the hardworking Team Akina, Rod (above) used the event to perfect a technique he calls “ride management” – a technical term for just getting to the finish line in one piece. We’re very glad he and his team did!
Thanks also to Anna and the stylish team from Tea Total good job!  Hopefully they can now enjoy a well deserved cup or two. We gave a shout out last week to Gabby and the wonderful Spinstars team (below) Like true stars they not only stormed the route, but also took advantage of an unscheduled day off on the final day in Wellington to get their nails done. We like your style, Spinstars!
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Well done to Kiwi Coffee / Amstrong Prestige (minus Simon, who unfortunately crashed out before the event started with a broken collarbone). They claim that “Cyclists are like bananas – the older the get the less the firm they are” – but we reckon they will have firmed up nicely after 800kms even if they do feel slightly older.
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Thanks also to the three lovely couples from team Studio on Ridge Lifestream, and the very cool Uncoachables 
And last but not least, thanks also to these very hard working individuals from us all at Bikes in SchoolsAmy, Damien, John, Kaye, and Stuart
Together these teams and individuals have raised an amazing $25,000+ for Bikes in Schools! We’re not a big charity and an amount like this truly makes a difference, and really helps our work getting more kids on bikes across New Zealand. Maybe one day some of those kids will be cycling in the tour too.
Thank you so much everyone

Wellington City Council ahead of the game with local schools

More and more local councils around NZ are now investing in cycling as part of their transport strategy.

And with higher levels of investment in biking, it makes a lot of sense to ensure that the next generation of riders have the skills and confidence they need to ride. Wellington City Council are doing just that – this week saw the council become the first NZ local body to fully fund and manage the implementation of Bikes in Schools projects at three Wellington primary schools.

West Park School, Karori West Normal School and Holy Cross School all received the complete biking package within their own school grounds. The result: over 1300 kids every year will have regular access to a bike at these schools.

Bikes for Schools launch at Holy Cross School in Miramar

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We made it to the grand opening at Holy Cross on Monday, where the track was opened by Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown. She said: “Bikes in Schools means Wellington students will be healthier and more independent. Modern cities offer children opportunities for daily exercise and recreation”

This was a first for Bikes in Schools in lots of ways – the three schools were selected as part of a competition from a pool of local schools, and the tracks were then designed by WCC engineers after consulting with students. On Monday we had to agree the end result looked fantastic.

Bikes for Schools launch at Holy Cross School in Miramar

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Thanks to Holy Cross School for such a good day, and to Wellington City Council for making this a reality.

You can read more on WCC’s website here

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Inner city cycling – Freemans Bay style

When you’re a kid living in inner city Auckland, you don’t get too many chances to tear round on a bike without a care in the world.

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That’s why it was so exciting to see so many kids doing just that at the latest Bikes in Schools track opening, at Freemans Bay School in central Auckland on Friday. It was easy for all the VIP visitors at the opening to get caught up in all the excitement too, but even after every visitor had left many of the kids were still racing round their laps.

The Hon. Nikki Kaye MP was there to officially snip the ribbon and open the track

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Huge thanks to the Freemans Bay Board of Trustees for all their support for the project, and to the project’s funders including Sport Auckland,  the Local Waitemata Board,  Barfoot and Thomson, the ASB Community Trust and YouthTown

Special thanks also to Auckland Transport for funding the cycle skills training at the school

It was also great to see Ross Buckley and his team from KMPG who are about to ride the Tour of NZ in support of Bikes in Schools.

More pictures from the school website here

National “Go by Bike Day”

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Yesterday was national “Go by Bike Day”, with cycling events across the country.  In Hastings, the council marked the occasion with their annual big breakfast for cycle commuters.

So good to see the crowds of kids at the event – including five local schools with “Bikes in Schools” facilities, many of them arriving at the breakfast in convoys from schools several kms away. Well done to them!

Pinehaven School first off the blocks in 2015

Schools are back, and a fantastic start to 2015 with the first new school track of the year – at Pinehaven School in Upper Hutt. Hundreds of people arrived on a beautiful sunny day to celebrate the official opening of the project, which includes three different bike tracks, 50 bikes, a storage container and a helmet for every child at the school. The 500m+ long limesand track also includes another first (we think!): the first mini zebra crossing across a riding track. We think it looks great!
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Ready for the first lap

Thank you to the principal Kaylene Macnee and all the school staff for such a great day, as well as the many parents and special guests who made the day such a success. This was the first time the kids got to ride their new bikes and tracks, but it’s always a nice surprise to see how many guests and teachers are keen to do a quick lap or two at an opening like this and Pinehaven School was no exception. And who can resist a track like this?
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Thanks to the generous support of many different groups (in particular the Greater Wellington Regional Council) without which this project would not have possible.

Mahora School on Radio New Zealand “Sunday morning” show

radio nz nationalJeremy Rose from the Sunday Morning programme paid a visit to Hastings recently as part of his report on “Bikeconomics” – the contribution cycling makes to the economy.

As well as checking out the bike scene in Hawkes Bay, he also dropped in to Mahora School to find out about the impact of their track – you can hear the whole report here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/20161014/bikenomics-what-s-cycling-worth