who is bike waikato

We are a non-profit community organisation, run by volunteers, that represents people on bikes in the public forum and fulfills the stakeholder role on transport projects where facilities for people on bikes are needed.

what is our purpose

To encourage the use of bikes

To promote biking as a healthy, sustainable, and convenient form of transport

To improve the image of people on bikes

To present the case for biking in public debate and to relevant authorities

To work to improve the conditions for people on bikes

Our vision:

More people on bikes, safely

At Bike Waikato we love bikes. It doesn’t matter what you ride, or how far, we are your voice for a better Waikato for bikes.

Our vision aims for a simple outcome: to see more people on bikes.

We focus on advocacy, collaboration, and promoting ways to empower people to get on a bike.

Our Team

Our committee is made up of everyday people making positive changes for all people who use bikes.

A lot of our work is produced by volunteers who are passionate about advocating for change to create better places for people on bikes.

Melissa Smith


Melissa is a co-chair and spokesperson for Bike Waikato. They have commuted by bicycle since they were a student, enjoying the independence, health benefits, and affordability offered by that mode. They became involved in cycling advocacy after moving back to Kirikiriroa Hamilton following their undergraduate studies.

Melissa is passionate about using evidence-based policy to improve communities and livelihoods. They split their time between working as a public servant and studying Environmental Planning at the University of Waikato, where they research how to make cycling safer and more attractive. In their own time, Melissa enjoys bike-packing, creative writing, and learning foreign languages.

Neil Payne

Committe Member

Neil is a keen cyclist and Civil Engineer who is passionate about improving transport equity, while at the same time making it easier to reduce the environmental impact of our day to day journeys through enabling active transport as a legitimate modal choice. 

Riding his bike or walking as much as possible to reduce unnecessary short car journeys, Neil is hopeful that he can add a cargo bike to his fleet of bicycles so that one day he can also do the weekly shop by bike!

Neil uses his experience from building and maintaining New Zealand’s infrastructure to provide input on Bike Waikato’s submissions and advocacy work, campaigning for a safer, better connected and high quality network of biking facilities across the region.

Stuart Penfold


Stephen Hay

Committe Member

Stephen is a Hamilton-based teacher who enjoys biking as his daily commute to school, rain or shine, along with his daughter in her royal trailer. His family have embraced local ‘car-lite’ living and cycling for the health, wellbeing and social benefits, as well as climate concerns.

He has volunteered at bike repair workshops in Dunedin and Hamilton, and has submitted on more transport policies and consultations than he can count. He likes to advocate for protected and well-connected cycle routes, so that people of all ages and abilities have genuine options for getting around town. He joined Bike Waikato in 2022 in the hopes of making more progress towards this goal as part of a team of like minded people. 

Kelli Pike

Committee Member

About five years ago Kelli rediscovered a love of riding her bike, after wanting to reduce her environmental impact. Replacing a five minute drive with a ten minute bike ride seemed like an easy but impactful change to make. Kelli now loves that it helps keep her fit, and connects her to her neighbourhood more than driving a car ever could. 

Kelli works at Go Eco, an environment hub, based in Frankton, where she can flex her cycling advocacy muscles at any opportunity, to remind elected members of their role in enabling climate action in our city. She lives in Dinsdale, with her husband who is a committed commuter cyclist and an 11 year old would-be cyclist- if our cycling paths & driving culture was safer.

Our Achievements

We regularly prepare submissions on national and local consultation documents. So far we have prepared submissions for:

  1. Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport 2021-2031
  2. Hamilton City Biking and Micro-mobility Plan
  3. Long Term Plan 2021-2031 to:
  4. Waikato Regional Council Land Transport Plan
  5. Climate Change Commission Draft Advice

We are often asked to participate in projects as a key stakeholder. Here is what we have worked on so far:

1. SH21/Airport Road Underpass
2. Hamilton City Council Peacocke Waikato River Bridge
3. Hamilton Public Transport Centre Rejuvenation
4. Co-design participant for Hamilton Kirikiriroa Innovating Streets, Ward Street and Rostrevor Street trials
5. Eastern Pathways Schools Link and City to Uni Link
6. Eastern Pathways Crosby Road

We organise events and rides to encourage people to get on their bikes and help them explore their neighbourhood.

1. February Bike Month 2021, including eight events:
– Two Group Training Rides
– Two Boon Street Art Rides
– Bike Commuter Breakfast
– Picnic at the Gardens, with Bike Valet bike parking
– Hamilton’s Transport Future
– Getting Heard and Getting Help
2. Cargo Bike Display and Bike Valet at Love Your Bike Day 2021
3. Boon Street Art Ride to Rostrevor Street Innovating Streets opening

in the media

How we are run

Bike Waikato Incorporated (Bike Waikato) is an Incorporated Society (registration number 50051420) and a Registered Charity (registration number CC58854).

The Bike Waikato Committee members serve on the committee for two year terms. The Committee sets the course of organisation and runs many of the day to day tasks as volunteers.

Membership is available to anyone who agrees to the society rules and pays an annual membership fee. Membership fees and donations are used to fund the activities Bike Waikato undertakes to connect with the community and decision makers to make biking in the Waikato easier, safer and more enjoyable.

agm minutes

The Bike Waikato Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held after the beginning of September of each year. You can read the latest confirmed AGM minutes here.
2020 Confirmed AGM Minutes

Society Rules

The society rules state how the Incorporated Society is to be run. All members of Bike Waikato agree to adhere to the society rules.
The rules may be amended at an AGM or Special General Meeting (SGM).
You can read the current society rules here.

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