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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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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.

Cycle safety – have you seen a sharrow?

The Christchurch City Council has released a short video explaining some of the new cycle infrastructure and road markings popping up around the city, particularly around UC as part of the UniCycle Major Cycle Route.

The road markings and layouts are new to Ōtautahi Christchurch so will generally be unfamiliar to road users. UC students and staff who bike, walk and drive will come across the new road layouts, so watch the video about the new road markings to help ensure everyone gets safely to their destination. The video aims to keep everyone safe around the area’s schools and the University.

One of the new types of crossing shown in the video – the Paired cycle and pedestrian priority crossing – will soon be installed on Ilam Road, between UC and Ilam Fields.

Watch the video on the CCC website or on Facebook to learn more.

UC Bike Parking Update

The Sustainability Office is currently working on a plan to get 1,500 additional bike parks onto campus. This needs to be done as a staged project given that many sites we want to put bike stands in are currently under construction or have hoardings around them. However, we are making progress. For example, we have recently placed an order for an additional 300 bike parks, which should be in place in the next few months. Additionally, parking for 110 bikes is currently becoming available on the north side of Engineering and the Health Centre. Last term we also welcomed back the enclosed bike parking facility on Creyke Rd (for 80 bikes), which had been unavailable for two years.

fullsizerender-002Also, you will start seeing these posters around in the secure cycle stands as an integral part of UC’s programme towards more secure cycle parking.

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