Catching up with friends
Popping to the shops
Heading to a meeting
Warming up on the way to sports
Everyday cycling is the kind of biking you do when you are just going about your normal everyday life.
It is not about cycling everyday or everywhere. It is about choosing to use your bike for some trips.
Using your bike for running errands, catching up with friends, popping to the shops, heading to a meeting or warming up on the way to the gym or sports.
It is not about being sporty or super-fit, although it certainly is healthy.
It is not about speed, although sometimes it is quicker than driving.
It is not about lycra: everyday clothes are fine for everyday cycling.
For everyday cyclists, it is about lattes rather than lycra, and spending rather than speed. For bike commuters it is about getting some exercise as well as avoiding traffic and parking hassles, and the unpredictability of public transport.
More on Everyday Cycling
Why cycle for transport?
Everyday cycling can help you achieve:
Better health – without the cost of a gym membership
Physical activity is important to health, and cycling is a great way to get active, and turn your driving time into active time.
Better Quality of Life
Bike friendly cities are more vibrant, connected, social and offer a higher quality of life. It is all about being out there, in our own neighbourhoods, making eye contact and saying hello. It is about spending time and money locally. It is about easy parking and avoiding queues of traffic. It’s good.
Everyone will benefit from the cleaner air, less fuel to import, reduced costs of climate change, better traffic flow on the roads and quieter streets, even those who don’t ride bikes themselves.
How do I?
We’re developing a list of ‘top tips’ which aims to answer the questions you may have about everyday biking. If you are a seasoned utility cyclist it is a chance to share your experience.
What are your top tips or questions about Everyday Biking?
In New Zealand when we think of cyclists we usually mean lycra clad riders of sports bikes, cranking out the miles. But increasingly the kiwi bike user is not wearing lycra, and their bikes are beasts of burden, designed for getting them around town, carrying shopping or kids.
Great websites for everyday biking
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New Zealand Resources:
New Zealands Cycling Action Network (CAN) – making it better by bike
Bike Auckland – For better biking in Auckland
Greater Auckland (formerly known as Transport Blog) – transport and urban form in Auckland
Cycle Aware Wellington – news and views from the capital
Te Ara NZ Encyclopaedia Cycling Pages
Go Ride – NZ resources particuarly for women and families
Tips for riding Electric Bikes from the NZTA
NZ Cycle Trail official Website – for planning adventures large and small.
Bicycle Junction – Home of the best everyday cycling gear in NZ
Momentum Magazine – Great online guides and blog about transport biking (USA based)
Treehugger Bikes Section – stories and ideas about biking sustainably.
BikeyFace – for some humour with intent
Read more about Everyday Cycling in our Blog
Can bikes save us?
So you want to help end poverty, increase equality, protect the environment and make our cities safer, all while improving your own health and finances? You can do all these – and more – all at the same time by simply riding a bike or being supportive of those that do.
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