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Think first when cycling during winter

It’s true, winter is coming and bringing with it colder and darker days. If you are cycling in the dark 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 and take shortcuts. This all makes 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.

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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Another stage of the Uni-Cycle completed

Another stage of the Uni-Cycle cycleway has been completed.

009v2This includes the shared pathway (four metres wide) through north Hagley park through the golf course to Armagh Street, and the pathway from Straven Road to Kilmarnock Street beside Boys’ High School.

The on-demand crossing for cyclists and pedestrians has also been completed. This crossing allows cyclists travelling towards UC to 014v2turn left and travel via Riccarton Bush – Pūtaringamotu to UC. Or cyclists can turn right and travel to UC via Kahu Road.

The City Council has completed consultation on the next stage of the Uni-Cycle, from Pūrtaringamotu to Ilam campus and recommendations have gone to the local community board for a decision.

The final stage of the Uni-Cycle is from Ilam to Dovedale which is intended to be completed by the end of 2016.  You can see the details about this stage on the Christchurch City Council’s website. 

I am really enjoying travelling via the Uni-Cycle as part of my commute to UC and am looking forward to this project being completed this year.

Be bright tips and visibility requirements for cyclists

As the days get shorter, more of you will be riding in the dark. Make sure you are visible and know the legal requirements as outlined in the road code. Thanks to the Bike Wise website, here are some key points from the Road Code for cyclists.bike-313199_1920

When cycling at night or when visibility is poor, cycles must have the following:

  • One or more steady or flashing rear-facing red lights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres.
  • One or two white or yellow headlights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres. Only one of these headlights may flash.
  • Pedal retro-reflectors on the forward and rearward facing surfaces of each pedal. If the cycle does not have these the cyclist must be wearing reflective material.
  • A red or yellow rear reflector that is visible from a distance of 100 metres when light shines on it.
  • Front lights should be attached to handlebars and pointing slightly down.

Penalties for not being visible:

  • The fine for no lights on your bike is $55
  • The fine for no tail light on your bike is $55
  • The fine for no red reflector or tape is $55

For more information about regulations for cycling, check out the official New Zealand code for cyclists on the NZTA website.

Together with Consumer NZ, the Greater Wellington Regional Council has tested a selection of bike lights (all under $100) and reflective garments for effectiveness.  View the full test results here.

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