And for Hutt City residents, the programme includes a wonderful spread of events for people of all ages and skill levels to join in with.
Greater Wellington Regional Council Travel Choice Coordinator Hilleke Townsend says the aim of the festival is to get more people riding “for fun or to commute” all across the region.
“We want people to try out something new, whether it is hopping on a bike for the first time, trying cycling out as a new sport, or encouraging kids to give cycling a go,” Hilleke says.
People in the Hutt will be able to learn skills for cycling safely on city streets, try out an e-bike, join a leisurely group cruise on their classic bike, find a mountainbike group ride to join in with, and bring their neglected bike along to a fixup session. For tamariki, there will be bike rodeo activities on October 8 in Naenae, and on Sunday 13 in Wainuiomata.
Competitive types who want to test their limits can try the Ride Holidays Climbing for Charity Vertical Metres Challenge on October 11-13, which is a key event in the festival. This fundraiser is organised by Hutt businessman Karl Woolcott, an enthusiastic festival supporter. Funds will be used to provide a fleet of new bikes for Tui Glen School in Stokes Valley.
“Our event is a great opportunity for weekend riders and other passionate cyclists to pitch in and help get a new generation of kids onto bikes. It will hopefully inspire them with a life-long love of cycling,” Karl says.