Birds to feature on bike stand

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Bike stand competition initiator Cherie Chapman (left) with Bluff School pupils working on their bicycle stand designs. Photo: Supplied

WHY can’t a bicycle stand by itself? Because it’s two tyred.

A competition has been launched with the aim of making it easier for people to bike or scooter around Bluff.

The competition, being driven by the Bluff community and run in partnership with a range of organisations, was to design bike/scooter stands for Bluff. A series of stands would be created by local engineers from the winning designs.

Initiator Cherie Chapman said the idea for the stands originally developed as a result of the Invercargill to Bluff cycle trail, with the stands to provide somewhere for people using the trail to secure their bikes.

It had since been extended as a way to encourage locals and visitors to cycle or scoot around the town, she said.

“There’s been a massive increase in people biking in and around town.”

Having somewhere “fabulous” to secure their bikes and scooters would hopefully continue to encourage people to be active and more environmentally aware, she said.

“It’s to really encourage that environmental side of it, and get people moving.”

Healthy Families Invercargill lead systems innovator Stella O’Connor said having somewhere to securely store bikes and scooters would make it easier for people to travel by bike around Bluff.

“We want to encourage and support families and individuals to be active, and these bike stands are an easy and effective way to provide that support.

“It’s also for visitors, and is part of the rejuvenation of Bluff, adding to the vibrancy of the town.”

It was hoped having some bright, interesting bike stands would help encourage people to get out on their bikes, she said.

The theme of the competition was birds of New Zealand’s wild south. Many southern birds could be seen in the Bluff area, and birds also connected with the ocean, sky and land. The competition recognised the conservation work carried out on Bluff Hill/Motupohue.

Entries close at 5pm on November 20. To enter a design, email cherie@oysterallsorts.nz or drop off to Bluff Central, 74 Gore St.

The competition was supported by Sport Southland, Cycling Southland, Bluff 2024, Bluff Promotions, and the Invercargill City Council’s Neighbourhood Fund.

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