Local Firms Shine in Love to Ride

08 March 2017

A nationwide bicycling challenge has ended with two Taranaki organisations among the leaders for the most kilometres travelled during February.

Eagars Funerals were first in the national 3-6 Staff Category of Love to Ride, while New Plymouth District Council was third in the national 500+ Staff Category.

NPDC Integrated Transport Coordinator Liz Beck says Love to Ride was designed to encourage people to start a new biking habit.

“It was a fun way to get people onto their bikes for leisure or commuting with the support of colleagues, and see how easy it is to travel by bike,” she says.

“What’s really great is the number of people who hadn’t bicycled for a year or more who took part.

“In Taranaki alone there were 46 organisations registered with Love to Ride and more than 700 participants – about 215 of whom hadn’t been on a bike for at a least a year.”

Eagars Funerals Managing Director Casey Martin says a big plus about Love to Ride was that the challenge did not involve riding hard or being the fastest cyclist.

“It certainly made my husband and I go out with our children on our bikes, and encouraged us to do little journeys as well as longer ones out to the port or Te Rewa Rewa Bridge,” she says.

“For us, it became a bit of a routine.

“The staff at Eagars had a lot of fun. We have one staff member who did more riding than the rest of us put together, and if she hadn’t gone on holiday we would have done better!”

The competition also had a regional category, with the following results:

  • 500+ Staff: 1st New Plymouth District Council, 2nd Taranaki District Health Board.
  • 200-499 Staff: 1st Mckechnie Aluminium, 2nd Shell Todd Oil Services, 3rd Powerco Limited.
  • 50-199 Staff: 1st Tui Ora, 2nd Sacred Heart Girls’ College, 3rd BTW Company.
  • 20-49 Staff: 1st Sport Taranaki, 2nd Opus International Consultants, 3rd Zelam Limited.
  • 7-19 Staff: 1st Core Group Ltd, 2nd Venture Taranaki, 3rd Hardy Packaging.
  • 3-6 Staff: 1st Eagars Funerals, 2nd Brake & Clutch Rebuilders 2015 Ltd, 3rd Riddlez Interactive.

Through the Let’s Go programme, the Council encourages more people into active and sustainable travel such as bicycling. Let’s Go is an NPDC and NZTA funded programme that aims to develop New Plymouth into a model walking and cycling community.