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Bike Fest is BACK!

Spring has finally sprung, and UC Sustainability and UC Bike have teamed up to bring you a cycling event like no other!

Come along to C Block Lawn to enjoy some free kai in the sun and hang out with other cyclists. Maybe you’ll want to make a pedal powered banana smoothie, join a tube changing workshop, or get your bike fixed by Dr Bike? Or maybe you’re feeling a little bit competitive and want to beat your friends on the Rec Centre’s watt bikes, or compete in a mini bike race? We’ve also got heaps of awesome cycling goodies and spot prizes up for grabs!

Our Bike Fest has something for every type of cyclist, so come along and celebrate the joy of riding bikes with us!

What: Bike Fest

When: Monday 7 October, 11am – 1pm

Where: C Block Lawn

What to bring: Yourself, your helmet and/or bike, and a reusable cup for your smoothie!

Check out the Facebook event here for more details, and keep your eyes peeled for more groovy cycling activities to be announced.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This event is part of our contribution to Biketober, Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling. For more information, and for the full line-up of cycling events happening in October, check out their website.

Are you up for the challenge with a top ranking UC team?

UC staff biked their way to win 1st place in the 500 -1999 staff category in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge held this year.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a free, fun competition to see which organisation can get the most people to ride a bike. Teams earn points for riding and for recruiting new members. The competition is based primarily on numbers of staff taking part, but points are also awarded for the number of trips taken and distance ridden.

Our cycling success in the Challenge was demonstrated in many ways:

  • 262 out of 1918 staff are cycling , that’s 14% participation
  • 13,566 trips were cycled during the Challenge which is equivalent to 179,472 kilometres cycled
  • 55,515 commute kilometres/5619 commute trips
  • 15,746 kg co2 was saved by cycling

Imagine if more people rode bikes in Aotearoa New Zealand – our air would be cleaner, our cities would be more peaceful and our streets would be safer. We’d be fitter too. Studies have shown that places with higher numbers of riders have fewer accidents per rider. Increased participation leads to greater visibility and awareness and makes bicycling safer for everyone.

Let’s get out there cycling more often, whether it’s for fun, exercise or transport to work. Check out how the challenge operates and be ready for the next one.

Photo: Diana Hinterleitner is presented with the winning certificate during the Christchurch City Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee on 10 April.

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!

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

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



Free breakfast for cyclists – Tues 6 March

Our first event this year is a celebration of all things cycling! Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get back on your bike? Maybe you want to start cycling to work, but don’t know when or where to start? Perhaps you bike to campus already? No matter where you are at, the Sustainability Office has you covered, with a FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus on Tuesday 6th March.

What: A FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus
When: Tuesday 6th March, 8am – 10am
Where: Matariki Square (in between Matariki and Puaka James-Hight)
Why: We thought it was time to celebrate our cycle friendly campus in style. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about getting to campus without using your car. What better way than bringing everyone together to enjoy food, coffee, and talk cycling?
Who’s invited: Everyone with a bike – don’t forget you can borrow one off a friend if you don’t have your own.

Come down, show us your helmet, and enjoy music, prizes, giveaways, and the chance to meet other cyclists at UC. We’ll have the Christchurch City Council there to chat about the new cycle networks, cycle maps to help you choose the best route, Dr Bike there to do on the spot bike tune ups, students running photo competitions, and the opportunity to learn more about our cycling community at UC by chatting to like-minded people.

Did we mention you get a free breakfast? We can’t wait to see you (and your bikes!)

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. We’ve been busy bees over the summer, planning and organising events for 2018. Check out our Facebook page and our webpage  for more updates on our 2018 events, coming soon, and follow us on Instagram.