Helping kids learn to ride bikes

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Given by 64 generous donors in around 4 months

Bikes in Schools helps schools get kids on bikes. Please help Team Akina raise money for them in the April 2021 Tour of New Zealand cycle.


Bikes in Schools helps get kids on bikes. As each new school track opens, it’s always a huge thrill to see kids learn to ride, and gain fitness, confidence and a sense of adventure.

"My legs are my petrol,” said one very young Hastings lad on his first ride.

“We haven’t yet found a child who didn’t want to ride,” says Paul McArdle who established and runs the programme.

Teachers also say riding kids are happier, healthier and better students.

All this was wonderfully brought to life in a feature on Bikes in Schools on Nine to Noon on Radio NZ in January. Here's the link to the story online, with the audio replay down at the bottom of it:

Bikes in Schools already benefits 30,000 children in more than 100 schools...and is aiming to raise that by a further 43,000 kids in the next few years.

According to 2015 Ministry of Transport figures, the average time biked by children aged 5 to 12 fell from 28 minutes a week in 1990 to just four minutes a week in 2014. The average distance they ride fell from 2.8km a week in 1990 to 500m in 2014.

At the Akina Foundation, we’ve proved the wider health, family and community benefits of kids riding more in a Social Return on Investment analysis.

To help raise money for Paul and the kids, we eight riders on Team Akina will compete in the 2021 Tour of New Zealand cycle race, April 10-17. For details about our eight days of racing, please click here for the Tour of NZ website:

Please support us!


Katie Gormley, Leonie and Kieran Guiney, Donna and Corrie Smit, Kaye and Michael Watkins, and Rod Oram, a former trustee and chair of Akina Foundation.

Rod Oram's involvement (page creator)

Team Ākina is riding in the 6th Tour of New Zealand cycle event in April...and is raising money again for Bikes in Schools. We've ridden in the five previous Tours, 2012-2019, raising money for Bike in Schools on each Tour via a Givealittle page.

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Clare on 26 May 2021
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Guest Donor on 01 May 2021
Go Chef Geoff GO!! Looks like Team Akina had a heck of alot of fun - you guys n gals were fabulous!
David on 19 Apr 2021
Great job
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Guest Donor on 19 Apr 2021
Dave on 18 Apr 2021
Awesome stuff Geoff. Have really enjoyed reading about your ride each day and such a cool cause. Dan and Dave

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