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UC Pedals into Third Place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Time to celebrate!

Congratulations to all our UC staff who participated in the 2020 Aotearoa Bike Challenge – you helped us pedal UC into 3rd place in Ōtautahi Christchurch and 5th in all of Aotearoa!

Our 2020 cycling success

  • We had 235 out of 3,421 staff sign up to the challenge – that’s 6.9% participation
  • Together we cycled 49,781 kms during the month of Feb with 28,022 kms being commuter trips
  • And, not only did we clock up some serious kilometres, but our combined efforts saved 6,325 kg of CO2!

So what is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourage workplaces across Aotearoa to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. The challenge is designed so you compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes, with your team earning points for your rides, kilometres and for every person you encourage to sign up and ride a bike during the month of February.

Huge thanks and happy riding to everyone who participated. We’d love to see you logging your rides again next year – and look out Christchurch City Council and the CDHB!

For more information and to sign up for the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge, see here.

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Free Breakfast for Cyclists: BYO Cup!

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back next Monday 23rd March from 8am – 10am at the Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park!This year your reward for biking to UC is coming in the form of vegan danishes, banana smoothies and fair trade coffee… and it’s all for FREE! All you need to do is ride to UC next Monday 23rd, park up your bike in the snazzy new Beatrice Tinsley bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you with breakfast on us.

Please note: There will be no single use cups at this event. The Cup Library won’t be available at this event so please bring along your own coffee cup. UC is following advice from WHO and Ministry of Health regarding all upcoming events, read more>

What else can you expect?

On the spot bike repairs thanks to Dr Bike, cycling chat and information about the city cycleways thanks to the wonderful Anne from the Christchurch City Council, and more cycling banter than you’ve ever heard before…

Did we mention there’s FREE breakfast on the line?!

See you, your bikes and your coffee cups next Monday 23rd March in Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

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

Aotearoa Bike Challenge: Team photo this Friday

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has come to an end, but the celebrations are just beginning!

Over the month of February, UC staff cycled 49,781 kms and saved 6325 kgs of CO2. That’s some serious pedal power, and we’re proud to announce we placed 3rd in our size category in Christchurch and 5th overall in Aotearoa. Woohoo!

To celebrate UC’s fantastic effort in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this year, we are inviting all participants to join us for a team photo this Friday during lunchtime.

Please meet at 12.30pm this Friday 13th March in the Matariki Quad for a photo, high fives and cycling puns. Bring your bike if you can. We wheely look forward to seeing you there!

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Community Garden Open Day this Friday

Join us in Waiutuutu Community Garden on your lunch break this Friday!

Come and explore UC’s very own beautiful garden, join a composting or seedling workshop, take a tour of the orchard, meet like-minded people and stay for wood fired pizza and herbal tea. What’s not to love?

Drop by and visit us this Friday for an afternoon of garden-goodness!

What: Community Garden Open Day

When: Friday 28th February, 12pm – 1.30pm

Where: Waiutuutu Community Garden – located just off Engineering Road, follow the stream path towards Ilam Fields. Check out the map here if you get lost!

What to bring: Please wear closed toe shoes, and bring a hat and a water bottle.

The Open Day activities (including pizza) will run from 12pm – 1.30pm. Following this, you are invited to stay and join in with our regular Friday garden working bee, which runs until 5pm.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Spread the word, and we’ll see you there!

 

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Kua takoto te mānuka – the challenge has been set!

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is officially underway!

Are you up for the challenge? Last year, UC staff biked their way to WIN 1st place in the 500-1999 staff category! This year we want to challenge you (and your colleagues) to take part and help us do it again.

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a free, fun competition to see which organisation can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February. Teams earn points for kms travelled, trips taken and for recruiting new riders.

Last year, we had 14% of our staff participating in the challenge, cycling a total of 179,472kms and saving 15,746 kg co2 during the month of Feb!

UC is already signed up, so all you need to do is make sure you and your team are too. Since 2017, over 40 UC groups and departments have taken on the challenge, and there’s some pretty impressive stats in there! Check out all the UC team members and departments that participated in the challenge last year here.

This year, we’ve created a group called the UC Student Team, so our students can also participate in the challenge. If you have any keen cycling students in your network, please let them know (but careful… they might beat us…) Find the Student Team here.

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? Plus, sweet prizes and inter-department bragging rights are fully up for grabs!

Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered and uncovered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

See the Aotearoa Bike Challenge webpage for more information, and to register. Let’s go 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, sign up to our Sustainability Newsletter or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events. Is your team already participating in the 2020 Bike Challenge?  We would love to hear about it!

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