Christchurch-based Beca are keen to keep their trophy, according to coordinator Emily Kelly. Despite it being her first year as Bike Wise coordinator, Emily is finding that the keen cycling community, and a really cycle-friendly organisation, makes the job easy.
“In Beca lots of people are keen cyclists and biking has become very popular as a mode of transport. We had an event last week at lunchtime that involved getting as many people on a bike as we could. There was an inter-team competition, with a few prizes for those that turned up to go for the two kilometre trip around the circuit. It was a fun lunchtime activity that many people took advantage of,” said Emily.
Emily usually bikes to work everyday and joins in the activities, but was knocked off her bike by a truck recently. While she had fairly minor injuries, she has had to build up her confidence again and says that the accident has raised awareness about road and cycle safety, which has been useful leading up to Bike Wise month.
“Biking is a great way to keep fit and save money. And, in terms of getting through the disastrous traffic in Christchurch at the moment, it’s more often quicker to go by bike,” she said.
Beca is a very cycle-friendly organisation, with showers at the office, lock-up cages and, most importantly, lots of encouragement from the staff. Emily feels sure that another win would promote cycling even further within the organisation and would keep people interested in using their bikes. She also notes that since Beca was moved into four different locations around the city following the earthquake, Bike Wise is one of the events that brings the staff together and helps them to feel part of one organisation.
When asked how they would celebrate if the organisation goes on to win, Emily replied, “Celebrations will likely involve morning tea - Beca employees definitely enjoy their morning teas!”