What is Bike’vember?
Bike’vember is a month long biking festival in Wanaka and surrounding communities this November, with the aim of encouraging locals and visitors alike to ditch the car and walk or bike instead.
Bike’vember aims to have as many people as possible pledging to go by bike, foot or other people-powered travel during the 30 days of November.
What do the pledged funds go towards?
All the funds raised (through sponsoring riders through Givealittle) will go towards adding a bicycle, pram and wheelchair friendly access ramp onto the Hawea River swing bridge.
The design for the bridge, by architect Sarah Scott, has already been given the backing and approval of DOC and QLDC. This will make the bridge accessible to many more commuters and recreational users – no more difficult dragging heavy bikes, trailers, trikes and prams up and down steep steps.
The project will be co-ordinated by the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.
I don’t have a bike but would love to participate. Any suggestions?
No bike? No worries, you can participate by walking, ask a friend to borrow a bike, check out the Upper Clutha Trading Post or Wastebusters and pick yourself up a trustee used bike.
We’d love for you to commit to the whole 30 days but if you can’t, then that’s ok too – just sign up and do your best.
We’d love you to pledge to walk or ride – but understand if life gets in the way, you’re OS, on holidays or simply cannot do this – we’re happy for any type of support, volunteer at an one of our events or donate for the building of an accessible ramp from the Hawea Swing Bridge.
I have to use my car for work, how else can I participate?
Some people need to drive their cars due to the distance involved or the type of work they do – that’s ok too. You can still join in. If it’s only riding once a day before or after work, or maybe this month you’ll bike to the shop, pub, or your friends place instead of driving on the weekends – then we’re all winning.
Can my child organise an event?
We’d love for the kids to organise an event, ideally through school, sporting organisation or simply sell lemonade at a stand to raise funds for the Hawea Bridge Access Ramp. Of course mum and or dad will be nearby to provide advice on the best price for sale.
If you’re under 18 years and you have a brilliant idea for a cycling event – please contact us, we’re happy to hear about it. Perhaps get your mum or dad to email us as well.
I don’t live in Wanaka but want to sponsor my niece who is riding to school there... what should I do?
How very generous of you, thank you – please leave your nieces name in the comments section when you do. You can donate at our Givealittle page. Thanks!
Who is behind Bike’vember?
Bike’vember is Wanaka’s first sustainable transport initiative, we’re supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, Department of Conservation, Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Bike Wanaka and Good Rotations
Is Bike’vember anywhere else in New Zealand?
Not to our knowledge, but you could start it in your own community!
“Bikewise” a NZ Government program does exist every February. However, it relies on community support like Bike’vember to succeed. Our community felt that a focused sustainable travel campaign held at the same time as our very successful Challenge Wanaka may not work. Also we thought changing a habit of driving over winter to cycling from spring onwards was a better way to go. It makes sense for everyone to come out of their winter coats and get bikini body ready too!
I don’t like to have to login etc. to participate... can I skip all of that?
If you plan on creating an event that you want to appear on this website’s calendar, the only way to avoid spamming is for us to request you create a login. If you want people to sponsor your rides, you will have to create an account on Givealittle for bikevember. But if just want to ride heaps and have fun… just go for it! We still would love it if you shared any photos on Instagram!
I’d love to bike during my day but with kids to transport, errands to run and groceries to carry, how is it possible?
My bike hasn‘t been ridden for a year - what should I check to get it ready for Bike’vember?
You want to have the best experience of riding for 30 days, so giving your bike a bit of TLC before kick-off is well worth it.
If you haven’t used your bike for a while, check your tyres are holding air and pump them up to the correct pressure if need be (have a look on the side of the tyre for the pressure you need), check the brakes (both of them!) work well and stop the bike safely, check your handlebars and saddle are straight and tight, give your wheels a spin and see they are running true, do a lap around the block and test the gears – shifting properly?
If anything is amiss, you may be able to fix it yourself – the great thing with bikes is that the mechanics are pretty straight forward – otherwise drop your bike in for a service at your local bike shop – most things are an easy fix or simply an adjustment. Good Rotations is offering pre-Bike’vember basic servicing for registered riders at half-price (not including parts).