Council funding gets more kids riding bikes

Funding for a further three schools to help implement Bikes in Schools projects  has just been announced by Wellington City Council. This is part of a 3 year funding commitment from WCC totalling $600,000.

Amesbury School, Hampton Hill School and Houghton Valley School will each receive a minimum of $50,000 towards the cost of purpose built bike tracks and bike storage. following on from a successful pilot last year at three other Wellington schools (Holy Cross, West Park and Karori West)

WCC BiS sign

WCC’s Councillor Andy Foster said ““Allocation of this funding is one of the ways the Council is encouraging active transport, improving road safety throughout Wellington and making the city safer for people cycling. This is especially important for our children.”

You can read the full WCC press release on their website here

Bikes for Schools launch at Holy Cross School in Miramar

Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown opens the Holy Cross School track (March 2015)

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.
 KPMG
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)
Rod Oram
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!
spinstars
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

National “Go by Bike Day”

Commuter Challenge 2015 2

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!

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