Following the recent influx of bicycle thefts across Ōtautahi Christchurch, the Canterbury Police and Torpedo 7 have teamed up on a special offer to keep your wheels safe.
Simply print the flyer below and present it to the team at Torpedo7 during February and you’ll receive their U-Shackle lock for only $29.99.
We are making progress with bringing bike parking numbers back up on campus. A plan for hundreds of new bike parks around the Engineering precinct is being developed (we will keep you posted), and we are starting to look at what the bike parking provisions for the new Science precinct will look like as well.
We are on the verge of installing a new bike parking area outside the front entrance of Forestry. This has long been a problematic area for students especially, and the lack of bike parking has resulted in people chaining their bikes to the handrail along the ramp up to the main doors. We really encourage people to get as close to their destination with their bikes as they can… but this particular example has created a very significant health and safety issue – please don’t do this! Think first: the handrail is there for people with disabilities. We will be installing some new hardstands right next to this area, which will hopefully become a popular cycle parking area. In addition to this, we have provision for a further 150 bike parks on campus, which are now starting to get dotted around.
Keep an eye out for news about cycle route planning and other bike facilities over the next while … we’ll let you know when we have more details.
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The moving feast of bike parking on campus continues, and we are doing our best to keep up with it as buildings open and close. As we do this we are also settling some new permanent cycle parking areas (Matariki, Science Lawn, Music/Law for example).
How down are we on pre-earthquake levels? Since 2013 there has been a net increase of over 300 bike stands, but that was starting with a loss of over 700 bike stands since the earthquakes. We are still down by 455 bike parking spaces.
What are we doing about this? Gradually, as funding and space becomes available, we are replenishing our bike parking facilities. You may have noticed that in front of Geography there is now parking for an additional 140 bikes, for example. These bike stands look a bit different from the ones we usually get because they are on loan until the new stands we have purchased arrive. There will then be space for 200 bikes in that area.
What about Engineering? We receive a lot of inquiries and complaints from the School of Engineering about the lack of bike stands around the School. This is partly because the main bike stands are closed while Engineering is refurbished, and because the main remaining bike parking area (between Civil and Mechanical) is a very tight space in the middle of a construction site. We have crammed as many bike stands as we think we safely can into that area, but we really are pressed for space regarding putting additional stands in there. We are looking into a few options (which would encroach on departmental carparking and storage space) and will keep the School posted on developments.
Matariki bike stands: The main bike parking area in the centre of campus is off University Drive by the Matariki/Registry building. We want to really encourage students visiting the library or other buildings in the centre of campus to use this space – we’ve discovered that most students don’t even know it’s there. So check it out: there’s always space there!
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