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Bike Aotearoa Challenge 2021 wrap up

UC staff again put in a sterling effort, jumping on their bikes during February and placing UC first in the tertiary sector, third for Christchurch 2000+ staff and fifth for NZ 2000+ staff in the 2021 national bike challenge.

Thank you to all of our bike champions for your amazing efforts! You reduced carbon emissions, reduced congestion on the roads, boosted your health and got around town for free (very smart!).

UC’s wrap up stats for Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021:
• 240 staff cycled
• 4031 trips
• 25,505 commute kms
• 5,202kg co2 saved
• 6.7% participated

Three of UC’s bike challenge champions – from left: Diana Hinterleitner, Moira Fraser and Kiel Hurley

Congratulations to Kiel Hurley who logged the most rides during the February at an impressive 106 rides (that’s 3.78 average a day). Director of People and Culture Amanda Derry, on behalf of Paul O’Flaherty, presented him with a $100 UBS voucher and UC merch pack (glass drink bottle, keep cup, blunt umbrella, hoodie and sunnies!).

Kiel’s top tip for cycling was “don’t have a car!” He said there are more cycleways around than you might think.

Director People and Culture Amanda Derry presents Kiel Hurley with a prize pack for the most rides during February.

Random participation prize winner Moira Fraser also received a UC merch pack. Biking since she was 15, Moira has a flash electric bike these days, which has replaced her car. She says Christchurch is the best city for cycling in NZ, and there are a lot of recreational trails to discover as well.

Moira Hurley (right) won the randomly selected prize for participating in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021.
Moira Hurley (right) won the randomly selected prize for participating in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge 2021.

The amazing Diana Hinterleitner was recognised for her efforts in promoting cycling at UC with a UBS voucher. She joined UC up to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge in 2016 and has been urging people to get on their bikes ever since! She cycles because she doesn’t want to pay for parking and invested the money instead into a beautiful electric bike.

Diana Hinterleitner (right) was recognised for encouraging UC staff to get on their bikes by Director People and Culture Amanda Derry.
Diana Hinterleitner (right) was recognised for encouraging UC staff to get on their bikes by Director People and Culture Amanda Derry.

We are now looking forward to Biketober coming to Christchurch this (you guessed it) October. UC Bike and UC Sustainability Community will even shout you breakfast! Keep an eye on Biketober Christchurch – Festival of Cycling (biketoberchch.nz)

Finally… a plug for our UC Cycling Facilities and Dr Bike our free weekly bike repair service – just some of the resources available to get you on your bike!

The Edible Campus Project is complete!

Thanks to the Geospatial Research institute, we are excited to present to you our Edible Campus Story Map! This is an interactive map designed to encourage people around the UC campus to appreciate and enjoy the wonderful fruit trees and berries on offer. Any feedback would be appreciated as the map is currently in its final draft form as we work through a few issues, however, it is ready to be used and enjoyed. Feedback can be sent directly to our UC Sustainability Facebook page and the Edible Campus Story map can be accessed here

Ash and I have had a blast working on this project alongside Chloe and Matt in the Sustainability Office and we can’t wait to share it with you all. This project has involved a lot of research, fruit tree examining and hunting. I personally have learnt about so many exciting things around campus such as these fruit trees and the community garden. One of my favourite memories would be discovering a selection of delicious fruit trees such as peaches, apricots and apples all along the wall behind the Ilam apartments. 

We would like to extend a big thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute for making this project possible. It has been such an exciting project to work on. We hope you have a blast forging for delicious and local food! 🍐🍊🍑

This photo is taken from a video Ash and I made to accompany the map, which can be viewed here.

Thank you very much, we hope you enjoy the map!

Ash & Zin