27 February 2023
The joys of cycling
Cycling is also a great way to socialise and meet new people. Patterson is a great believer in exercising with others, saying, “I joined a biking group locally. I’m the oldest guy in the group, but it’s great to get out with others. And I’m stronger than when I started riding with them!”
There are plenty of biking groups in all the major cities of New Zealand. Christchurch, for example, offers a range of workshops and coaching at the Christchurch Adventure Park, from beginners’ classes to women’s-only groups. Waka Kotahi offers safe cycling BikeReady workshops for seniors, to help people gain confidence and skills for the road conditions. Many cities and towns have dedicated bike lanes and trails that are designed to be safer and less congested than roads.