Riders roll on for Go By Bike Day
Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the more than 650 bikers who turned out for Go By Bike Day in Tauranga today.
Chapel St proved to be the most popular of the six pitstops around town, with 150 riders biking by on their morning commute to work or school.
The annual event encourages Tauranga residents to swap their car for a bike and make a more sustainable and enjoyable commute.
This year's pitstops were supported by Sport Bay of Plenty, Travel Safe, My Ride Mount Maunganui. Free refreshments were provided by Good Buzz, and fruit by Pak n Save Cameron Rd at all stations.
Abby Furmage, left, and Simone Rose from Sport Bay of Plenty prepare to greet bikers at the Go By Bike Day pitstop on Cameron Rd.
Sport Bay of Plenty Recreation Connector Philip Seed says biking is a great way to improve one's physical and mental wellbeing.
"It's fun, low impact and great for the mind and body.
"There's still loads of free biking events on as part of February's Bike Month so I encourage everyone to get on their bike and give it a go."
Details about Bike Month events can be found at sportbop.co.nz.
Go By Bike Day is part of Bike Month – a calendar of free events across February to encourage people to get out biking. Find more details at www.sportbop.co.nz/bikemonth.