9 February 2009
Dust off your bike and head into Civic Plaza or the university for a free breakfast on Wednesday 18 February. To finish the day cyclists can participate in the new en masse Pitstop in the Park event.
Steve Taylor, Hamilton’s coordinator of the New Zealand wide Bikewise month says all cyclists are welcome at the Go By Bike Day particularly those who don’t usually cycle.
“This year’s event we have two breakfast venues: Civic Plaza in the central city and at the Village Green, Gate 1, University of Waikato. Both will host free scrummie breakfasts from 7am to 9am. The central city event will include live music, spot prizes and a bike mechanic from Cycle Pro to tweak your squeaks. In the Waikato region alone, nine breakfast events are planned.”
Last year’s Bikers’ Breakfast attracted around 200 cyclists who travelled over 1333km finished off with free cereal and toast. The single biggest distance travelled by a cyclist was 35km.
“It was also discovered that a quarter of the people who attended last year’s event would usually travel by car or bus, but decided to give cycling a go that day. This year we’re aiming for more new cyclists to come along and join the festivities.”
On the way home, make sure you are counted as part of the new Pitstop in the Park event, incorporating the Cycle Mad City Mayoral Challenge. This will be held from 5.45 to 7.30pm and involves as many cyclists as possible riding en masse with Hamilton mayor Bob Simcock, Sport Waikato CEO Matthew Cooper, Mooloo and other Hamilton celebrities from Garden Place to Parana Park. A rolling road closure will be in place along the route.
“When crossing Bridge Street Bridge photographers will capture the moment. Then it’s on to Parana Park for drinks, fruit, nibbles and spot prizes with Hamilton’s cycling clubs and organisations present. To get involved with the action, cyclists can register at www.sportwaikato.org.nz .”
“Throughout the month of February there are lots of Bikewise events and activities for cyclists of all ages and abilities to give it a go.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Steve Taylor
Designation: Cycling and Walking Projects Engineer
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6949
Mobile: 021 240 9782
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761