Get out on your bike to celebrate final day of festival

Rob Connolly will ferry riders for Art on Bikes,  the Waitaki Arts Festival closing day...
Rob Connolly will ferry riders for Art on Bikes, the Waitaki Arts Festival closing day celebration of art in Oamaru, to parks and gardens riders will encounter as they follow the last section of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail from Weston to Friendly Bay. Photo: Hamish MacLean.
On the last day of the festival, people will be encouraged to take to their bikes to celebrate art.

Art is part of a healthy lifestyle, says Mrs McElhinney.Art on Bikes will follow the Alps 2 Ocean Oamaru section and feature stops to consider parks, bugs, birds, and rocks along the way.

Starting at Weston and finishing at Friendly Bay where the Oamaru Farmers’ Market, the Oamaru Stone Sculpture Symposium and the travelling theatre Sausage Circus Bicycle Sound System will be going on, Art on Bikes will offer riders stops at the Waitaki Community Gardens, the Oamaru Public Gardens and Takaro Park.

Bikes will be available for hire and there will be options for transport to the start of the trail, but allcomers were welcomed at any point of the trail, Mrs McElhinney said.

"It’s [about] creating something with no silos. It’s open and it should be something that everyone can get excited about."

"If you decide you want to have a bit of fun on the day, you can get your face painted ... you might want to titivate your helmet a little bit.

"And you jump on your bike and you head away."

At the community gardens Christchurch entomologist, and host of Animal Planet’s Buggin’ with Ruud, Ruud Kleinpaste would feature. At the public gardens there would be rock painting and live music and at Takaro Park Orokonui Ecosanctuary’s Tahu Mackenzie would be on hand to help make "seed bombs" and Safer Waitaki would challenge young riders. Mrs McElhinney said she expected the event to grow.

"I can see this starting at the top of the Alps 2 Ocean and getting all those communities along the way involved," she said.

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