Riding your bike is a great way to get to and from work. It’s healthy, social, fun, economical, and it dramatically reduces your personal environmental impact and carbon footprint. It is also a great way to avoid the congestion caused and experienced by driving to work – if your destination is under 5km away chances are you’ll get their faster by bike!
Once you get into it, riding regularly to work and to other places becomes easier and easier. You will become more aware of which routes to take, more confident with riding in traffic, and the more you cycle the fitter you will be! So get on your bike, and start making life better for yourself, your workmates, and your neighbours.
The Bike Pod provides free, secure bike storage in the CBD. To use the bike pod, or find out more email Let's Go or download a registration form here.
The Bike Pod is located on Ariki Street outside Centre City.
Before you start riding you’ll need to make sure you have the right gear, you don’t have to don lycra however the following are key:
You also need to keep up the maintenance of your bike and check the tyres, wheels, chain, brakes and light regularly. This is important to make your bike safe and easy to ride. It is recommended that you get your bike serviced once a year.
There are bike racks at the Todd Energy Aquatic Centre, Puke Ariki, Centre City, Civic Centre, The Valley Shopping Centre, Brooklands Zoo, Pukekura Park (near the Bellringer Pavilion) and scattered around the CBD. See where our bike racks are.
To ensure our district is cycle friendly, we need to know of hazards like broken glass. Report broken glass or debris - remember to include the address or a clear description of where the glass or debris is. To report broken glass or debris either phone 06 759 6060 or email us.
Information about crashes or near-misses helps us and the Police to determine if there are particular areas that are accident prone and if changes need to be made to reduce the risk of accidents (e.g. signage, road surface etc).
All crashes, including near-misses, should be reported to the Police.
Give it a go - start small and aim to ride once this week!
If you do have any incidents on the road, we do encourage you to send them through to the Police so that we can keep track of what is happening on our roads. You can download this form and deliver to the New Plymouth Police for follow up.
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