Bike Waikato December 2023 Newsletter

In this newsletter from Bike Waikato:

  • Happy Holidays!
  • Preparations underway for Bike Month 2024
  • Cargo Bike Picnic

Happy Holidays! #BikeWaikatoSummer2023

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2023! This year has been full of ups and downs, and for better or for worse, it has finally reached its end.

We started the year in full gear supporting the Transport Choices programme, making submissions and getting support in front of Councillors. This was ultimately a success with all twenty-eight projects approved by Council – before the funding was unceremoniously cancelled last week. While this has been a hugely disappointing end to the year, there are still projects going ahead, including:

  • Lake Road and Commerce Street roundabout upgrade
  • Killarney Road and Queens Ave roundabout upgrade
  • Separated cycleways on Rifle Range Road
  • Upgraded shared paths on Kahikatea Drive
  • Upgraded shared paths, including new bicycle parking, in Claudelands Park

After all the activism and community support for these projects, we are absolutely stoked that they are going ahead and we are so excited to ride along them when they are completed.

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday period, a Happy New Year, and continue to ride safe!

Wheels Turning for Bike Month 2024

We are already getting prepared for Bike Month 2024, only a few weeks away in this coming February!

While Bike Waikato is still in the beginning stages of putting together our celebration of cycling for this annual tradition, get your calendars out because there are some events with dates already set!

  • Aotearoa Bike Challenge – join our team if you haven’t already!
  • Big Bike Film Night, 22 February in Cambridge and 27 February in Hamilton – buy your tickets here.
  • Social ride hosted by Go Eco and Bike Waikato to Ngaaruawaahia and back, 17 February – more info on Facebook or our website

Cargo Bike Picnic

Thank you to those who attended our chill Cargo Bike Picnic a few weekends ago. It was great to see so many creative alternatives for using bikes to get around, from hauling children to hauling gazebos. Who says you can’t carry three chairs, a folding table, and a gazebo on a bike?

Shout out to committee member Simon for organising! We heard some great feedback about this event so we will endeavour to organise more in the future.

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