World class BMX display team Freestyle Lifestyle will be the star attraction of Carterton’s Go By Bike Week, organised by Huri Huri: Bike Wairarapa in conjunction with Carterton District Council.
The week-long cycling festival is taking place during Monday 16 - Sunday 22 April, to celebrate the Vantage Age Group Road National Championships, which take place in the Carterton District between 20-22 April.
Councillor Rebecca Vergunst, elected member to the Carterton Walking and Cycling Advisory Group, says that the cycle championships coming to Carterton is the perfect opportunity to encourage the community to get on their bikes.
“For some time we have been talking about how to encourage residents to use cycling as their preferred mode of transport, and having a significant cycling event come to our district was the perfect catalyst to get an initiative underway.”
A packed programme of events for all ages has been created to give residents a taste of cycling as a sport, hobby and mode of transport. Events include a kids decorate your own helmet competition, Big Bike Film Night, a chance to try out an E-bike and an opportunity for people to get back on their bikes with an adult ride out with Pedal Ready instructors to Fensham Reserve.
The Huri Huri Kids BMX Workshop sees the Freestyle Lifestyle team make their first appearance in Carterton following successful events in Martinborough and Masterton in the last year.
The event runs during morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday 21 April, where young riders will learn about bike safety equipment and essential safety skills, and how to fix and maintain their bikes. There will also be games, stories and stunt demonstrations, and the kids get to try out some basic BMX stunt skills. Registration via EventFinda is essential and the cost is just $10.
For more information about any of the Go By Bike Week activities, check out www.hurihuri.co.nz or the Huri Huri facebook page.