To encourage more people to discover how easy and enjoyable riding a bike can be, the Transport Agency partnered with Love to Ride to develop the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, a national bike initiative.
Organisations from across New Zealand are encouraged to take part, getting their staff and teams to compete to see who can get the most people to ride a bike.
The second national Aotearoa Bike Challenge encouraged thousands more New Zealanders to cycle, with more than 14,300 people from over 1600 organisations taking part, including over 2600 new riders.
Throughout the month of February participants made more than 159,000 trips by bike, cycling an impressive 2,156,800 million kilometres in total. That's over 150,000 more kilometres than 2017's effort.
In October 2017 we brought back a special 'lean' edition of the challenge. The Aotearoa mini Bike Challenge was the perfect chance for participants to see if they could best their mark from February 2017, set themselves a new challenge, or learn a new riding skill.
More than 5,200 New Zealanders got on their bikes during the October mini challenge including almost 4,000 new riders.
The first, national Aotearoa Bike Challenge in February 2017 successfully encouraged more Kiwis to cycle, with more than 14,000 people from over 1000 organisations taking part, including almost 4000 new riders. During the Challenge participants made more than 150,000 trips by bike, and cycled an impressive 1.99 million kilometres.