The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has seen Sport Waitākere and Healthy Families Waitākere cycle their way to the top of the Auckland leaderboard.

The challenge encouraged New Zealanders to ride a bike to work and record how many kilometres they did each week during the month of February.

Sport Waitākere and Healthy Families Waitākere took part in the non-profit industry category for organisations with between 20-49 staff members, finishing first-overall in Auckland and second-overall on a national level. Staff cycled from their homes to the Sport Waitākere office in Henderson including Play Sport activator Greg Garau who cycled from his Mangere home each week, amounting to staggering 252 kilometres cycled.

Sport Waitākere CEO Lynette Adams took part in the challenge and says it has had positive benefits for staff.

“The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a great initiative in that it gets a bit of team-bonding in workplaces, and a bit of fun competition, while encouraging people to be more active in their day-to-day lives,” she says.

“Being active for about 30 minutes a day can help with weight-loss and offset any potential health risks. It is also a great way to lower stress levels from that day and improve one’s mental wellbeing.”

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is an annual competition organised by New Zealand Transport Agency. It saw more than 22,000 people from over 1,900 organisations taking part across the country.