SPORT Bay of Plenty’s Bike Month is back in February with a month-long calendar of more than 15 pedal-powered events, activities and workshops suitable for all ages and abilities.

This year’s programme includes a self-guided bike scavenger hunt, summer bike fun days and beginner mountain bike sessions, ensuring there’s something for everyone across the Eastern Bay from regular cyclists to those wanting to get back on two wheels.

Sport Bay of Plenty’s recreation team leader Sonia Lynds says Bike Month is a great way for people to get active and have fun.

“The aim of Bike Month is to offer free or low cost activities that encourage people to get back on their bikes, build biking confidence and discover some of the great cycle trails in our region.

“Cycling is a fun way to get fit, and it’s a great form of sustainable transport that makes getting around town a breeze.”

To encourage more cycle commuting Go By Bike Day is also back on February 14 and people across Whakatane, Opotiki and Kawerau are encouraged to commute to work on two wheels. Pit stops with free refreshments and spot prizes will be located along the main commuter trails between 7am and 9am.

Bike Month also coincides with the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge.

The bike challenge is a month-long competition that is all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people riding, even if it is just for 10 minutes. It is free to enter and open to all organisations, including businesses and clubs.

Bike Month events include:

Summer Bike Fun Days – An evening of fun games, activities and a barbecue for all the family Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm. At Opotiki Wharf, February 5, Edgecumbe Skate Bowl February 12 and Whakatane Bike Park February 18.

Superheroes on bikes – Under-fives dress as your favourite superhero and prepare to race.

Categories for balance bikes, trainer wheel bikes and no-trainer wheel bikes. At the pump track at Memorial Park, Opotiki on Wednesday, February 12. Entry $2, everyone wins a medal.

Ladies bike maintenance – Learn how to change a tyre and do general maintenance on your bike at Whakatane Cycle Centre, Boon Street, Whakatane on Wednesday February 12.

Spaces limited so register early by emailing karens@sportbop.co.nz.

Go by bike day – Ride to work, school, or just for fun with pit stops in Opotiki Kawerau and Whakatane providing refreshments and spot prizes on Friday, February 14.

Beginner mountain bike skills – Upskill and gain confidence at the Onepu Mountain Bike Park, on State Highway 30 opposite Braemar Road on Saturday February 15 at 9am or 1pm or Wednesday February 19 and 26 from 6pm to 8pm. Registrations essential.