WDHB encourages staff to support Aotearoa Bike Wise month

3 February 2017


Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is hoping many of its staff members will be out in force supporting Aotearoa Bike Wise month over February.


WDHB health promoter Karney Herewini announced today the WDHB would be setting up a ‘refresh station’ on the grass verge outside the hospital on Wednesday 8 February to offer cyclists fruit and water between 7am and 9am.


The WDHB’s ‘Refresh station’ will be one of three stations cyclists can stop at. The other two will be at the Corn Market Reserve opposite the Yellow House Café and outside the Gonville Library.


Mr Herewini says the Aotearoa Bike Challenge asks participants to spend 10 minutes or more riding their bike as often as possible, throughout the month.


The WDHB is also planning a ‘Have a Go Day’ on Friday 17 February between 11am and 1pm which will see staff heading down to the riverside cycleway to ride bikes provided by Sport Whanganui.


“Aotearoa Bike Wise month is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to get out on their bikes and enjoy the freedom that bike riding offers us,” Mr Herewini says.


“Bedsides the health benefits we gain from biking, it costs a lot less than it does to drive a car and biking with friends and family can be a lot of fun.”


Mr Herewini urges Whanganui residents to follow the widely publicised Bike Wise calendar of events which he says offers something for most age groups and all levels of bike riding skills.