During this year there has been a steadily growing numbers of bikes locked to the fences, railings, trees and signposts around the southern entrance to the Engineering Core.
This has now become a health and safety issue which will increase further when the hoardings are installed around the von Haast building. Clear egress routes out of buildings are critical.
Some bike stands have been installed opposite the southern entrance this week and additional stands will be installed adjacent to the Electrical Link Tower when it is completed at the end of September.
Please note that as from Monday 21 August 2017, any bikes in this area that are not in legitimate bike stands will be removed by Security.
Signage will be in place to remind everyone and this will include the location of the nearest alternative bike stands.
Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Earlier this year, in collaboration with UC Security and the UC Sustainability Office, UC Bike repaired, recycled and sold bikes that had been abandoned on campus. “The goal was recycling bikes and putting more people in the university community on bikes rather than making money off already cash strapped students”, Zac Porter from UC Bike explained.
In total UC Security donated 18 bikes that had been left unattended for between 1 and 3 years. Using the UC Sustainability Office’s Dr Bike tools, Olly, Zac, Ben and Brad repaired as many of these as they could. “Of these 18, we managed to get 14 running and gave them all a service, recycling what we could of the bikes that were too broken. We had quite a few franken-bikes by the end!” One of the bikes had been stolen and was re-united with its original owner.
The bikes were then sold to current and past students at a fraction of what they were worth. In total, UC Bike made over $1300, which will be spent on holding events such as Mechanics Nights to further benefit the cycling community at UC. “On Mechanics Nights we teach the basics of bike maintenance, such as how to tune a derailleur, fix flat tires, adjust brakes or anything else the attendees may want to learn.” The next one will be in Term Two with the date yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the event notification on UC Bike’s Facebook page!
For this year all the recycled bikes have been sold but UC Bike plans to do this every year as an ongoing initiative.
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