23 Mar 2017
Ara staff blitzed the Aotearoa Bike Challenge in February, coming first in the South Island, first among tertiary providers and fifth overall in the national challenge.
The New Zealand Transport Agency rolled out the new campaign and competition to boost cycling across the country with an emphasis on participation. An easy-to-use website offered tips, a place to log rides, a friendly workplace competition, and lots of prizes.
Ara ran its own interdepartmental competition to find out which department could get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more during the month. Ara had a great number of departmental champions who promoted this challenge, making it a real success. The winning department within Ara was computing, with 36% of all departmental staff participating and an average of eight trips per staff member. They received a special trophy made by technicians from the Department of Engineering & Architectural Studies.
Ara Computing team blitzes the bike challenge.
In total Ara had 13% of all staff participate in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge and was the top-placed tertiary education provider in New Zealand, beating Unitec at seventh place, the University of Auckland at 20th place and Otago Polytechnic at 21st place.
Why cycle? Another 5,000 workers will soon move back into the city as new buildings are completed. Cycling is one way in which we can reduce traffic congestion – other ways are going by bus, carpooling and walking.
Cycling benefits people through:
- saving money
- spending less time in traffic
- avoiding parking hassles