Category Archives: Health and safety

Think first – commuting in winter

It can be hard getting up and going at this time of year especially if you have an 8am class so here are some handy hints to help you Think first and get you to and from UC on these cold and sometimes wet days.

Driving: Make sure you fully defrost your windows before you set off, it is really hard (and also illegal) to peer through a defrosted section the size of your hand. I recommend using a drink bottle with good long distance squirt action and cold or luke-warm water. Don’t forget to turn your windscreen wipers on and get out of the way of the flicking water. Or you could use a Think first plastic scraper, we’ve got some to give away – keep reading to find out how to get yours.

Biking: First, wear plenty of layers. Make sure you can be seen by using a white/yellow head light and red tail light – some fluro clothing is a good idea too. Take care if it is wet and slippery on the road (road paint can be especially slippery when wet), and be careful in areas that don’t get sun during winter days.

Walking / footpath users: If you are walking, scootering or skateboarding Think first if it is wet or frosty. Take care moving on painted surfaces and in areas that shady. Consider your footwear, use handrails when you can and if it would be safer walk on grass during frosty mornings.

Do you have ideas to help us all get to and from UC in winter? Share them in the comments below and you could win a Think first ice scraper.

Think first when cycling during winter

It’s true, winter is coming and bringing with it colder and darker days. With exams just around the corner you might be putting in longer hours at computer labs and libraries across campus and cycling to and from campus in the dark – Think first, take care of yourself and look out for others when you’re on your bike.

Cycling brings a lot of freedom, you can cycle on the road, cycle paths, footpaths (slowly and carefully) and take shortcuts. This can make cyclists quite mysterious, and some might say, unpredictable which can make pedestrians and motorists nervous. Be a considerate cyclist and take a look at the tips below.

Tips to cycling in winter

  • Be seen – wear bright and reflective clothing.
  • Light up – make sure you have working head and tail lights on your bike.
  • Be predictable – use hand signals to let everyone know where you’re going.
  • Take care – cycle carefully in shaded areas where there might be ice and when it’s wet.
  • Wear your helmet – your brain is a valuable asset.

If you have more smart tips on cycle safety for winter, share them in the comments below.

Pedestrian friendly UC

Concrete bollards placed around the centre of campus for the Anzac Day service will remain in place going forward. The bollards have reduced the number of vehicle movements around the centre of campus making it a safer and more pedestrian-friendly area.

Making UC a more pedestrian-friendly environment is part of the Campus Transformation and Landscape Master Plan. In time different methods of reducing vehicle movements will be implemented using planting and planter boxes for example.

In the meantime, continue to take care around the bollards, especially now campus is busy again after mid-semester break. If you skateboard, cycle or scooter around campus please reduce your speed and be considerate of others and pedestrians.

See more about UC’s Landscape Master Plan here>