Love Your Bike Day 2021
Love Your Bike Day is back again for 2021.
This year the event was held on Sunday 18 April at Claudelands Park from 10am to noon.
It is always a fun day full of all things biking such as races and bike decorating to skills and prizes, plus much more. Stay tuned for our 2022 date release.
The hub for your information about the Council's biking initiatives in and around Hamilton.
Hamilton's an ideal city for biking – it's relatively flat and has around 150km of bike paths and cycle lanes including almost 30km of stunning river paths so people on bikes can enjoy rides along the Waikato River.
We're building more off-road cycle paths, and developing our network of on-road cycle lanes to make getting around our city on a bike more accessible than ever. Thanks for visiting our page, and drop in to catch up on biking news, events and courses on offer in Hamilton.
Hamilton Bike Map
The Hamilton Bike Map can be downloaded here.
It is also available as a fold-up Z-Card from bike shops and Council facilities around the city
On one side, the Hamilton-wide map shows the bike lanes, paths and other infrastructure across the city. Then the other side has maps of three areas to explore off road - The Pukete Bridges Loop, The Mangaiti Gully and Tauhara Park, and The River and Sandford Park.
Bike Training Courses
We want to see more people out and about on bikes in Hamilton, so Council have teamed up with the HMS Trust to offer bike training courses for adults.
The course offers good practical advice on biking and how to keep yourself safe. It doesn't matter what your riding ability is, if you are interested, get in touch and make a booking. This is great fun for groups of people to learn together, so grab some friends to come along with you.
The sessions are aimed at giving people the opportunity to cover either off-road (Level 1) skills or on-road (Level 2) skills in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
Our instructors are exceptionally patient and encouraging and you will become more confident at riding in no time. If you want to take things further, you will have the opportunity to move progressively through the National Standards for Bike Ready Cycle Training.
The riding ability required varies depending on the course, so make sure you ask about the individual course description to see what's suitable for you. If you choose the on-road Level 2 course, you must either have completed Level 1 training or be confident you already have Level 1 skills – we do however check this before going out on the roads.
Hamilton has some great places to ride and explore and we would love to see you out there – for more information, course dates and to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 853 2192.
Workshops and social rides
Hi there, my name is Sean Christian, I have moved to Hamilton City Council from Cycling New Zealand where I was involved with the Community Pathways and Education teams. I was delivering the national Ride Leader programme, working with Kids on Bikes with Sport Waikato and Hamilton City Council as well as delivering Coach Education workshops around the country. I have just changed roles to HCC as a Schools Travel Coordinator and would really like to be more involved in what is happening in all cycling related groups around Hamilton.
I am currently a Cycling New Zealand accredited coach (MTB, Road and Track) and MTB Commissaire, as well as a Skills Active Bike Skills instructor and assessor.
I would like to offer my services, even if just as a contact in the Council, and would love to have your group or club represented at events around the City during the year. I am also hoping to help create new and exciting events for kids and adults, to get more people cycling, and hopefully get people riding regularly, whether for leisure, sport or transport.
If there is something you think we could help out with or work together on, please don't hesitate to contact me.
The Biking Plan
Four outcomes, six goals
The Biking Plan sets four key outcomes that will make Hamilton a bike-friendly city.
The four outcomes are:
- Safe: Accessible and safe biking options are available to everyone.
- Visible: Everywhere you look, people are riding bikes.
- Easy: Biking is an easy activity for transport and recreation.
- Adds Value: Biking adds value to the economy and contributes to a healthy, liveable city.
- A fully-connected, primary and secondary biking network linking the city and suburbs.
- Recreational biking routes are attractive and enjoyable places to ride.
- More people biking, more often.
- Hamilton’s biking network connects to the regional network.
- Hamilton’s biking network encourages bike tourism.
- The biking plan is integrated into transport and city planning.
Ten great routes to enjoy, now and for the future
The Biking Plan delivers ten major projects, some building on existing networks and some entirely new. Delivery of the routes have been staged into short term, medium term, and long term.
- Western Rail Trail – Providing an off road connection from the south-west suburbs to the central city, parallel to the rail track.
- School link – Providing a safe cycleway for almost 9,500 students who go to school within the Hukanui/Peachgrove Road corridor.
- Resolution Drive – New cycleway facilities to match residential growth and provide links to and across the Waikato Expressway.
- State Highway 3 – Provide a cycleway along State Highway 3 connecting southern suburbs to the city.
- Minogue Park Bridge – a pedestrian/bike bridge across State Highway 1 and the Rail track providing a safe connection to the destination playground.
- University route – Continuation of the cycleway from the central city to the University parallel to the rail track.
- Central City – Provide cycleways to connect to and through the central city.
- Te Awa River Ride South - Completing the Te Awa River Ride from Cobham Bridge through to the south of the city.
- Wairere Drive – Upgrade the existing cycleway to separate it from vehicles between The Base and Wintec.
- Te Awa River Ride, Hamilton river path – Upgrade the existing cycleway to provide a three-metre shared path with appropriate bike friendly facilities.