Bike buddies began in 2010 to match experienced cyclists with new riders in their area. For those who have been out of the saddle for a decade…or two or three, getting back on your bike can be a lot less daunting with a bike mentor to show you the ropes. Bike mentors ride with you along the best routes for cycle commuting and offer advice about keeping safe on the road.
It’s fun and it feels good, fast and convenient in an urban area and cheap. It's also good for your health and the city’s health - less congestionand air pollution.
The bike mentors are a diverse mix of volunteers from around the Wellington region who regularly commute by bicycle and want to share the joy with new riders. They are men and women from almost all suburbs in the Wellington region.
While several of them are trained cycle instructors, most have learnt their road skills from years of riding on the road.
Bike mentors are there to help with finding the best route and building confidence but not to teach you how to ride a bike.
Bike buddy (noun). A new rider looking for the best routes for their cycle journeys and to build their cycling confidence.
Bike mentor (noun). An experienced cyclist willing to bike with a new rider to build their confidence on the road.