Category Archives: Sustainability

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is back for February 2019

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that’s all about seeing which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February (for just 10minutes or more!).

Regular commuter cyclists rejoice: this is a great opportunity to encourage your colleagues to give cycling a shot during February. There is plenty of awesome prizes to tempt your team along the way (like cycle trips, bike accessories, chocolate, more chocolate, morning tea shouts and even a new bike!). Plus, there’s some great inter-department competition opportunities (bragging rights are totally up for grabs).

How does it work?
You and your workplace team earn points for every km you ride, every day that you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign up across UC during the month. The competition is organised so we only compete against other workplaces of comparable size – UC falls into the 500-1999 staff category. By participating in the challenge you’ll earn individual points for days ridden, kms travelled and people encouraged, plus your points contribute to your department and organisation’s total tally.

The best part is, it’s not just about cycling to work. All rides during the month count, so while cycling to work is a great option for some, we know it doesn’t work for everyone. You can log all rides: your commute, your weekend mountain bike, your family day out, or your trip to the shops!  

UC’s track record 
We’ve got a pretty good track record in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, with UC coming third in our category for Christchurch last year! During Feb 2018, UC staff cycled a total of 115,467kms, with 9.5% of our staff registering a ride during the month.

Our own Diana Hinterleitner from the UC Enrolments Team is the “Challenge Champion” here on campus, for the work she did in 2017 setting up UC as an organisation to participate in the challenge. She also is our Top Encourager, encouraging 11 people to sign up and log a ride during the challenge last year. Since 2017, a number of departments have joined the fun and taken on the challenge – from Product Design to Financial Services. We reckon there’s a pretty good chance your department is already registered, but if not, it’s easy to sign up. You can see all the UC team members and departments that participated in the challenge last year here (there’s some pretty impressive numbers of kms there, College of Engineering we’re looking at you!)

I’m interested, how do I take part?
Follow these easy steps:

  1. Register yourself and/or your department on the Aotearoa Bike Challenge website.
  2. Ride a bike anywhere, any time for at least 10minutes during the challenge (1-28 Feb)
  3. Record your ride on the Bike Challenge website, and tell your friends and coworkers about the challenge
  4. Reward yourself and your team by winning prizes!

Is your team already participating in the 2019 Bike Challenge, or planning to now? Let the Sustainability Office know! We would love to hear about it, so we can support you all the way.

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year, and what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge! Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

A big thanks to Diana Hinterleitner for providing the photographs for this blog.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

UC’s Edible Campus

Missed our Edible Campus walking tour? Here’s the link to our Edible Campus Map, so you can take yourself foraging on campus whenever you like!

The fruit, nuts and berries you see on campus are all free for you to forage as you wish. However, we ask you do some research if you’re unsure – some edibles may look ready before they are actually ripe for picking!

You can always be in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about foraging on campus.

The Sustainability Office has a long-term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing the plantings and ecological restoration work we have been supporting. As issues of food accessibility and affordability become better understood, we are committed to proving an edible landscape for our UC community. The idea of an edible campus and a food forest is embedded in UC’s landscape master plan.

We already have two community gardens on campus – those on the tour visited Okeover Community Garden with us, and we also have an allotment style community garden based at Dovedale.

Interested in volunteering in our community garden? All volunteers are welcome to take home fresh produce in return for their time. See more about volunteering with us here.

Found an edible on campus that isn’t on this map? Please let us know! We’re in the process of updating and refreshing our Edible Campus maps and guides.

Happy foraging UC!

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

 

FREE Cycle Skills Sessions

Want to cycle with confidence? Want to improve your cycle skills, without any cars around?

Join the UC Sustainability Office and volunteers from Go Cycle Christchurch and UC Bike to practice your cycle skills with us. We want to see as many of our staff and students on their bikes this spring, but we want you to feel safe and confident while doing so.

We’ve teamed up with Go Cycle Christchurch to bring you their popular city-wide cycle skills and confidence sessions to our UC staff and students.

What: Cycle Skills Sessions (x2)

When: Friday 5 October

  • 11:00am – 11:45am
  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm
  • Attend one session, or both

Where: Ilam Fields Tennis Courts

Meet us at the Ilam Fields with your bike, and a helmet 10 minutes before the session time. If you don’t have access to a bike, please let us know ahead of time, and we can arrange a bike and a helmet for you.

Who: Anyone who wants to spend more time gaining confidence on a bike, away from the road. We aren’t able to safely teach anyone who has never ridden before – so we ask that you’re able to safely control yourself on a bike to participate in these sessions.

What will I learn? You will be able to practice your road cycling skills, such as cycling in a straight line, looking behind, hand signals, turning corners, overtaking and a controlled zig-zag.

We are limiting numbers to 15 riders per session, on a first in, first served basis. To avoid disappointment please let us know that you’re coming by by emailing sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz, and we will put you in touch with Connie from Go Cycle Christchurch.

What next? Depending on numbers and interest, UC Sustainability may be able to continue running these sessions semi-regularly. As your confidence grows, we would like to be able to progress the skills sessions to include some slow and easy road riding – for example along the city cycle ways or through some small intersections. Please email us if you would like to see this happen.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

We can’t wait to see you there – keep peddling!

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Bike Fest is coming!

Come and celebrate spring and all things cycling with us at our Spring Bike Fest!

Bike Fest is a cycle celebration! Come and meet other cyclists at UC, plus:

  • enjoy a FREE sausage sizzle and beanbags to relax on,
  • on-the-spot cycle repairs and DIY workshop sessions thanks to Dr Bike and UC Bike,
  • the chance to sign up to our UC Bicycle Users Group (UC BUG) or ask us any questions about joining up to our commuter cycling community (if you haven’t already!)
  • make a pedal powered banana smoothie with the famous smoothie bike!
  • Learn more about the best cycle ways and routes in the city,
  • Pick up your Biketober calendar and passport from us to see even more cycling events and activities during the month of October, and join us as we celebrate Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling,
  • Sign up and learn more about some cycling skills and confidence rides we are holding thanks to Connie from Go Cycle Christchurch,
  • Plus prizes, competitions and more!

When: Monday 1 October, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Where: C Block Lawn

Who: Anyone with an interest in cycling!

What should I bring? Yourself, your friends and colleagues who already cycle, your friends and colleagues who would like to start cycling to UC but don’t know where to start, your bike if you’d like it tuned, and a cup for your pedal powered banana smoothie!

For more event details and any updates, please see our Facebook event here. No need to RSVP, however to get an idea of numbers please click ‘attending’ if you’re planning on coming along.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

 

 

World Green Campus Day – 24 September

Join the UC Sustainability Office and dozens of Universities across New Zealand and Australia as we celebrate World Green Campus Day.

Join a 50 minute tour to find where you can find and forage fruit, nuts and more – for free!

We’ll show you how you can nibble your way round campus, and where to find feijoas, lemons, limes, walnuts, plums, pears, figs and more.

What: Edible Campus Walking Tour

When: Monday 24th September, 12pm – 12.50pm

Where: Meet the Sustainability Office team at the starting point: outside Cafe 1894 at 12pm. The tour will finish in our very own Okeover Community Garden at approx 12.50pm.

See our Edible Campus map for the details of what you can find, and where!

No need to RSVP, just show up and meet us at the starting point. However, to give us an idea of numbers, if you intend to come along we would appreciate you clicking ‘attending’ on our Facebook event here.

Broad beans from UC’s edible garden

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz