Central Wainuiomata has been humming with the sounds of cycling thanks to Bike Rodeos oranised by Healthy Families Hutt Valley and its partners.

Up until the nationwide lockdown was put in place in response to Covid-19, Wainuomata’s Queen Street had been playing host to weekly Bike Rodeos for cyclists of all ages in the town centre.

Healthy Families Hutt Valley Healthy City Design Lead, Mark Shanks, said he had been building on the related work around cycling and play being done by Love Wainuiomata.

“Love Wainuiomata has been doing tremendous work developing the play potential of the Wainuiomata Hub, Queen St and the Queen St Reserve.

“This creative placemaking and activation led to a natural partnership with the Healthy City Design work being done through Healthy Families Hutt Valley.

“Together we focused on developing community cycling by adding the Bike Rodeo and access to extra resources for the activation of Anzac Way. 

“This has enabled more activities more often, and the opportunity to scope a longer-term approach to cycling in Wainuiomata.” 

The Bike Rodeos had been a great way of building enthusiasm around cycling in Wainuiomata, he said.

“The Bike Rodeo can be a great way to link people into their local cycling hub where there are all kinds of training, events, activities and opportunities to cycle more, such as regular bike fix-ups, bike skills training, building your own bike, and meeting up for community rides.”

Shanks said that as the community bought in to the benefits of the Bike Rodeos, they would evolve to become events that individual communities would organise in their own street.

“Bike Rodeos will become more localised with ramps on almost every safe street so children can play close to home with their neighbours.” 

“Larger Bike Rodeo events will continue and become more sophisticated with innovative and competitive elements, complement community placemaking, and various cycle promotions and community entertainment attached.”

Imagine if our streets supported our people to get active and play while connecting with their city and each other.