Hitch up with a bike and give cycling a go. Check out Auckland’s cycleways or book a date for a free training course. Or get a free workout while walking to work. Even if you only walk part of the way, you’ll arrive refreshed and ready for action.
Cycling to work is a great way to get to and from work. It is fun, social, economical and reduces your impact on the environment, and can improve your health and wellbeing. It is also a great way to avoid congestion caused and experienced by driving to work.
Once you get into it, riding regularly to work and to other places can become easier. You will be 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.
What you need to get started
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:
- Bike – having a bike that is the right size for you is important. A bike that is too big or too small can be dangerous and hard to control.
- Bike helmet – this should meet NZ Standards.
- Bike lights – this is important is you ride at night or early in the morning when it is harder to see cyclists.
- Comfortable clothing – make sure it’s not too loose around the legs to avoid it getting caught in your chain or wheels. You can pick up a good trouser holder at all good cycle stores.
- Covered shoes – wear shoes that are enclosed and appropriate for riding. Sandals and jandals are not appropriate.
- Bright or reflective clothing or vests – particularly if you ride in the morning or at night.
You also need to keep up the maintenance of your bike and check the tyres, wheels, chain, brakes and lights regularly. This is important to make your bike safe and easy to ride. It is recommended to get your bike serviced once a year.
There are a number of cycle routes across Auckland that can be used for your commute to work.
AT cycling training courses
AT offers a range of cycling training courses across Auckland. Booking is essential for all courses.
Walking to work is a great way to keep active and healthy. It can be free, social and can be done almost anywhere at any time. Not only is walking fun and sociable, with the growth of higher density communities, increase in traffic congestion and environmental concerns, walking is becoming important long-term sustainable transport option.
What do you need?
You don’t need anything specific for walking, but you may like to think about wearing:
- Comfortable clothing.
- Sunscreen and a hat.
- Good footwear – comfortable shoes with good cushioning.
Things to think about
- Warm up your muscles by starting your activity slowly and gradually increasing the pace, especially if you are new to walking.
- If you are walking on your own, stick to areas that you are familiar with – choose busy, more populated areas.
- Like any exercise – drink water before, during and after your activity.
- Pedestrian safety.
Benefits of a 30 minute walk each day
- Feel fitter, have more energy and reduce your stress as it clears your head.
- Improve your health and wellbeing.
- Relax and sleep better.
- Reduce your blood pressure and the risk of a number of health issues including heart disease, cancer diabetes and depression.
- Walking can help you feel part of your community as well as help the environment.
There are a number of walking routes across Auckland that can be used for part of your commute to work. Take a look at some walking routes and maps.
To be eligible for these packages, your workplace needs to have more than 100 employees or be part of a business association/network.
AT can make it easy to introduce cycling or walking in your business by offering:
AT can hold an informal and relaxed event to introduce your staff to cycling. We'll provide information about the options, health benefits, regional facilities and anything else needed to consider cycling as a great option for commuting.
Bike maintenance and repair workshop
This workshop will teach staff the fundamentals of bike maintenance so they feel confident to undertake basic repairs. They’ll get tips on troubleshooting as well as free check sheets.
Cycle training and a guided ride
Your staff will gain a good understanding of the road rules that apply to cyclists, advice on how to ride safely and other essentials.
They'll then get the chance to join a guided ride. This gives hands-on experience under safe conditions and shows how easy it is to start cycling to work.
Our team will bring all the bikes and equipment needed for these events and provide them to your employees for free.
Trial bike hire schemes: Cycle to work and fleet bikes
We'll provide bikes and equipment for 1 month to make it easy for staff to trial cycling to work (conditions apply).
Fleet bikes: we will provide bikes and equipment for 1 month to make it easy for your business to trial cycling during business hours (conditions apply).
If distance and/or hills are a problem, consider electric bikes.
Our team of walking experts will work with your business to provide ideas and support information on developing and implementing walk to work initiatives.
These sessions could be arranged as an informal event, a drop-in session, or whatever best suits your workplace.