Rugby and netball are following football’s lead with a Bike to Footy initiative underway starting this Saturday with rugby at Hautapu’s Memorial Park.
The idea behind Bike to Footy came from the Bicycle Revolution Cambridge group which encouraged families heading to their sportsground for Saturday sport to cycle there instead.
The Leamington Junior Rugby and the Cambridge Junior Rugby clubs are also getting behind the idea.
Spokesperson Neil Gibb said it might mean a little more effort than piling into the car, but it gets the family doing Saturday morning exercise together in a very health and eco-friendly way.
To promote the idea and stimulate interest the group last term did alternate weeks at each of the main sports codes.
There is a marked area with bike stands provided as well as bike mechanic to provide a complimentary bike safety check.
As an incentive a voucher for free hot food or drinks is given to everyone who shows up on a bike.
Football tried it out at John Kerkhof Park last term with remarkable success. Bike racks were near to full most weeks.
Cambridge Junior Football Club is now looking at putting down a concrete pad with permanent bike racks to accommodate the bikers on Saturday as well as the children who bike to practice during the week.
This term kicks off with Bike to Rugby.
Memorial Park will have a designated area where the Bicycle Revolution Cambridge team will be there to welcome the cyclists.
Geoff Hines, who joined Hautapu after growing up in Tokoroa, is getting into the spirit of things by joining his daughter Ellen and his granddaughter Mya Wright on their bikes.
Mya loves playing for her Hautapu team, and the extended family are there to support her.
Bike to Netball at the Cambridge Netball Centre in Leamington starts on August 14.