Coke New Zealand Gets Behind Go By Bike Day

Coke NZ staff in Auckland recently got their pedal on in support of Go By Bike Day. The team were encouraged to ride their bikes to work on 11 February across Coke’s three Auckland sites and were rewarded for doing so with a healthy breakfast and lucky prize-draw.

Health & Safety Administrator, Anna Chiesa, recently spoke to Bike Wise about Coke NZ's participation in Go By Bike Day in this article originally published on their website.

Coke NZ Gets Behind Go By Bike Day

Bike Wise

23 February, 2015

Coke NZ staff in Auckland recently got their pedal on in support of Go By Bike Day.

The team were encouraged to ride their bikes to work on 11 February across Coke’s three Auckland sites and were rewarded for doing so with a healthy breakfast and lucky prize-draw.

“We want people to consider coming to work by bike more regularly. For those that don’t already have a bike, we hope it might inspire them to get one,” says Anna Chiesa, Health & Safety Administrator at Coca-Cola Amatil.

Those who were unable to cycle to work on Go By Bike Day were encouraged to participate in a Coke NZ challenge on stationary bikes.

Coke NZ has a very diverse population of close to 1,000 staff nationally, says Anna.

“Around 600 people work in the Auckland area alone. We are a manufacturing site but also have quite a large sales force.”

Overall, Anna says there has been increased interest in Go By Bike Day this year.

“We've seen a positive increase in terms of the number of cyclists participating and the number of people asking the company to provide bike racks and an ironing board for cyclists to iron their shirts when they arrive! We already have showers available on site for people who bike to work.”

“There has also been an increase in interaction on our intranet around the event and after Go By Bike Day as well.”

Go By Bike Day is helping to connect staff who share an interest in cycling, says Anna.

“A group of 4 staff are now mountain biking every Wednesday after work and occasionally they also ride together on the weekend. One team member from a different location is also joining them, since they have been encouraged to exchange information about cycle ways and tracks on the intranet through our well-being community page."