When we make the effort and take the time to go for a bike ride we want it to be a fun and enjoyable experience. To have a ‘great day’ on the bike there are some simple things to think about, plan and do.
Check out the goRide guide How to have a ‘great day’ on the bike.
Make riding the Atawhai Shared Pathway – a ‘great day’ on the bike.
The ride needs to be doable for you and any riders you are biking with.
The ride is approximately 8km in length one way. There are many accessible places within this ride that you may chose to start or finish. How much time do you have, how far should you go and what are your riders capable of? Answer these questions then work out your start and end point – is it doable?
Basic biking sills are required and some road and traffic awareness for crossing roads and being aware of cars pulling in and out of driveways. Note: there is up to three busy road crossings two on Trafalgar Streeet and one on Atawhai Drive. (we chose to walk our bikes across these busy crossings.) A section of the pathway is adjacent to the busy Atawhai Drive – is it doable?
The biking surface is a tarseal shared pathway (there is only a very minimal amount of riding on the road). The ride is predominantly flat with a couple of small very short rises – is it doable?
Remember the weather on the day will effect your ride – is it doable?
It doesn’t matter what ride you are doing or where you are going, you will always want to feel comfortable. Check out the goRide guide How to have a “great day’ on the bike for general information on how to make sure you are comfortable on the bike. When you expect the kids to ride good distances or over multiple days you should provide them with protection & comfort. Padded Riding Underwear – goUnders can give them the ability to feel good for the whole ride.
It doesn’t matter what ride you are doing or where you are going, you will always want to be safe. Check out the goRide guide How to have a “great day’ on the bike for general information on how to make sure you are safe on the bike.
- You and safety – Am I Safe to Ride on a Bike Path? or Am I Safe to Ride with Kids? A checklist to complete that ensures you are safe to goRide
- Your bike and safety – goRide pre ride bike safety check – is it safe? A checklist to complete pre-ride so that you know your bike is in working order.
If you have worked through the points above then you will be more likely to enjoy and have fun on your ride. There is so much fun to be had on a bike – the pace you go, being close and connected with nature, your ease to detour from the trail…I wonder what is around this corner, and your ability to stop and get off your bike means you get to discover all sorts of things along the way. Sometimes you will know about and plan to enjoy things and then there are those wonderful surprise discoveries.
Some things that you could plan to discover on the Atawhai Shared Pathway.
- Maitai River- Places to sit and read . Fitness activities.
- Queens Gardens
- Elma Turner Library. Open 7 days check out opening times. Bike stands outside. Water drinking tap for filling bottles inside
- Playing fields – Neale Park
- Founders Park– Bike stands outside. Nelsons Heritage Park.
- Founders Brewery, Bar and Cafe A very family friendly cafe, (with playground) inside and outside seating. You can view the Brewhouse through the big windows while you sip on a their craft beer tasting tray.
- Founders Train runs most weekends and school holidays from 12-4pm.
- Miyazu Gardens- Japanese gardens – wonderful pathways of discovery
- Corder Park
- Playgrounds – North Road, Clifton Terrace school ( Note this is a school playground so cannot be used during school hours
Don’t just ‘do’ the ride, ‘be’ in the ride and I wonder what you will discover.( see Chi Riding – Tip 3 – Engaging the senses.)
Does the ride fit with what you want to achieve? Up to 16km (8 km each way) of gentle safe cycling on a shared pathway, though as discussed there are many accessible start and stop options close to the city. Could you get a car with a bike rack to the end point so you only have to bike one way – 8km. There are lots of great things you can plan to discover along the way. Also all those good things you get from a bike ride, sunshine, fresh air, feeling healthier, feelings of achievement – you did it! You never know what else you might discover.
If you don’t have your own bike or are a visitor to Nelson – you can still enjoy this ride. You can hire a bike from Trail Journeys at MD Outdoors just near the information centre. Note: Trail Journeys are in multiple locations throughout the Nelson region so though they don’t have specific accessories to support family riding (like bike seats for kids) in Nelson, if you plan ahead and let them know what you need, they will get it there for you.
Did you ride the Atawhai Shared Pathway? Did you have a great day on the bike?
What went well? What could you work on next time? It’s all about taking steps and small gains…oh the places you’ll go, the things you will see.
Look out for the series A ‘great day’ on the bike” for some ideas of where you might choose to ride your bike, things to discover along the way, and riding snack options. We would love to here about your ‘great days’ on the bike.
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