PALMY BEYOND PETROL: our vision for the city, celebrated in a great day out

Transport is one of PNCET’s key areas of interest. Last November we held a one day festival ‘Palmy Beyond Petrol: a celebration of active transport’ at Te Manawa to raise awareness of cycling featuring different local cycling groups, businesses and enthusiasts. It was Palmerston North’s contribution to the Global Day of Action on Climate Change (Nov 29 2016), alongside a climate march around the square organised by Youth Action Group Manawatu. We showcased all things local cycling! During the day, we highlighted how active transport helps minimise climate change by decreasing personal carbon footprints.

The Green Bikes Trust came, with bike maintenance information. Electric Bikes Palmerston North showcased their great range of e-bikes, tuk-tuks and tandems. We had E-cars on display from Toyota and the Nissan Leaf.  A local vintage bike restorer, Brian Annear bought along his stunning old bikes, restored to look brand new. Our local Arts Recycling Centre offered a ‘yarnbomb your bike’ activity which was very popular - many bikes rode home looking very colourful.

We had Daisy’s Bikes along with their tandems. Sports Manawatu set up a great cycling confidence course for children, and the PUni, the Palmerston North Unicycling Club, wowed us with their single-wheel skills and offered lessons. We also had lots great live music and organic vegan tofu burger and ice cream on sale from Wholegrain Organics. It was fantastic to gather so many local cycling enthusiasts together and to inspire people to get back on their bikes.

Right now, we are in the middle of organising our next event - EnviroFest! This will be a three week festival of environmental and sustainability events, from October 2-23. You can follow EnviroFest updates here Look forward to seeing you there!