Cyclists’ annual breakfast get-together pleases organisers

Bicycles are lined up at the 2021 Bike Breakfast at the Dunedin Railway Station on Wednesday...
Bicycles are lined up at the 2021 Bike Breakfast at the Dunedin Railway Station on Wednesday morning. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
For those with two wheels and a big appetite, the Dunedin Railway Station was the place to fuel up yesterday morning.

Spokes Dunedin hosted the city’s seventh annual Bike Breakfast from 6am to 9am and served up more food than any previous year.

Organiser Ilka Beekhuis said this year, despite ordering more food than in years past, the event gave fewer leftovers than ever to the Dunedin food rescue service KiwiHarvest after the breakfast wrapped up.

Up to 400 people stopped in for coffee or breakfast yesterday, Ms Beekhuis said.

Too often "cyclists don’t get much love on the streets" in the city and the breakfast was a place where cyclists could feel appreciated, she said.

Spokes Dunedin collected route information from cyclist commuters and asked them to identify where minor improvements could improve their rides.

The Dunedin City Council-sponsored breakfast was timed to support the Aotearoa Bike Challenge in February, when workplaces, clubs and groups earn points for every person signed-up, and for every kilometre, and every day, that participants ride.

Among the crowd yesterday, Wildlife Hospital Trust manager Jordana Whyte was dressed in a penguin costume.

The trust placed in the Top 10 last year in its category for the bike challenge, she said.

And now the Wildlife Hospital had "blood lust" and was determined to win.

It was now first place in its category this year, she said.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

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