Bikewise month boosted as 100 join event

Helmets and hi-vis clothing dominated the Taylor River reserve yesterday morning as nearly 100 people joined Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman for a bike ride as part of Bikewise month.

The cyclists rode from Seymour Square, in Blenheim, to Rifle Range Pl at the foot of the Wither Hills, where they had a free BBQ and a bicycle skills course for younger riders.

Seven-year-old Saskia Bray led the charge with Mr Sowman as both rode in front of the other cyclists along the route.

Health Ministry cuts cycle programme funding

The Transport Agency says a programme which promotes cycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to travel will continue, despite it losing Government funding.

The agency has told Radio New Zealand News that the Ministry of Health has withdrawn about $150,000 from the Bike Wise programme, and is instead putting money into injury prevention.

Transport Agency spokesperson Andy Knackstedt says the agency will still commit $300,000 to the programme next year.

Vacancy: BikeWise - Education Advisor

Education Advisor – Bike Wise

(Fixed term – Parental leave cover October 2010 to 5 April 2011)

  • Are you passionate about cycle safety?
  • Do you have a can-do attitude?
  • Are you calm under pressure?

NZTA is currently looking for a fixed term employee to cover a parental leave situation, to manage our national Bike Wise programme that promotes safe cycling as a fun and healthy transport option.