Bike to Soccer – Warm Up, Stress Down

Here’s a great idea done well in Auckland.  How about instead of driving to Saturday sport and fuming over the lack of parking, let’s ride there instead.  Cool idea huh?  Yep, they call it “Bike to Soccer – the warm-up that frees up the streets!”

In their blog post, Bike Auckland celebrate the success of this awesomely simple idea:

“When you stumble across an idea whose time has come, you don’t have to talk anybody into it, it just makes instant sense. That’s how Bike to Soccer came to be: a brilliant initiative by the North Shore United Football Club and Bike Devonport, with the help of Auckland Transport, Bike Barn Takapuna, and a bunch of lovely sponsors.

Bike Devonport member Chris Werry had the initial brainwave.

“I started biking to soccer a few years ago because I hated the car park chaos so much, and it’s a nice way to start the day and warm up a bit for the game. Once I started biking to soccer, I realised it just 5 minutes from my house by Cheltenham Beach. I drew some circles on a map and realised that it’s less than 10 minutes bike ride to the ground for almost everyone in the club. Plus the ground is right on the Devonport Green Route and there are lots of other shared paths and quiet streets nearby.”

Read the full article at: Bike to Soccer – the warm-up that frees up the streets! – Bike Auckland

What do you think?  Could you give it a go?  What else could you cycle to (hint, start by asking where is it hardest to find parking!).

Big Ups to all involved!

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