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
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.
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.
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.
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!