Push to use pedal power for fitness

By amie.hickland@age.co.nz, Amie Hickland

Masterton's Imogen Wall and her dad, Spencer, will be two of the thousands of cyclists expected to participate in the national Go By Bike Day today.

The day is part of Bike Wise Month, New Zealand's annual celebration of cycling.

The 9-year-old Fernridge School student regularly cycles to school with her parents, and her brother does the same to Masterton Intermediate School.

Mr Wall said biking was a regular thing for their family.

"It's about keeping fit and fresh air," he said.

He encouraged other people to do the same.

Last year, more than 54,000 New Zealanders took part in Bike Wise events, with similar numbers expected this year.

New Zealand Transport Agency's network user behaviour manager Jennie Gianotti said the event encourages Kiwis to get out on their bikes again after the festive season and while the weather is great.

"Go By Bike Day is all about encouraging people across the country to give cycling a go to see how fun and easy it can be, while realising all the benefits cycling can offer," she says.

"Go By Bike Day is the perfect opportunity to either give cycling a go or rekindle that relationship with your bike."

Visit www.bikewise.co.nz/events to find events in your area.


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