Category Archives: Health and safety

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>

Take a therapy break at Rehua

Therapy Café opens on Monday 18 March in Rehua building. The café will be open 7.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Grab a coffee and a sweet or savoury treat to enjoy, or choose something off the menu offering breakfast and lunch options. While you’re there explore the newly refurbished Rehua building and relax in one of the social spaces. It is a great place to meet friends and study groups, and as summer draws to a close Rehua will be a great place to enjoy some natural daylight out of the cold.