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Biketober is here – get involved on campus

What on earth is Biketober?

Biketober (Bike + October) is a month-long festival of cycling held each October in Christchurch. It brings together a diverse range of activities and events for everyone who rides a bicycle, for any reason: transportation, recreation, competition, skills development and social interaction. At its core, the festival is about having fun on a bicycle. And spring is the perfect season for shaking off the winter blues and enjoying some sunshine on a bike! Biketober spotlights Christchurch’s great cycleway infrastructure and shows that most journeys can be made easily, safely, and are heaps more fun on a bike.

The volunteer Biketober team have curated a diverse programme of cycling events in our city for you to enjoy. There are guided and self-guided rides, social activities, go-by-bike refreshment stops, bike-repair workshops, seminars, and more. Most events are free. Check out the Biketober 2020 Event Calendar here to see some of the events happening near you!

There’s also the Biketober Passport – you have the whole month to visit the 40+ destinations (local businesses and attractions), collect a unique code from each, and be in to win some impressive prizes.

Get involved at UC!

The Sustainability Office have got your campus cycling activities covered this month. Want to score a free breakfast just for biking to UC on Wednesday? Or have you ever wanted to try out an e-bike? How about visiting Waiutuutu Community Garden by bike, as part of the  Biketober One Day Gardens Outing?

There’s something for every cyclist this month, so follow our social media and get involved in this years Biketober festival!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. If you’re interested in learning more about services and facilities available for cyclists at UC, check out our website.

 

Bike Breakfast is Back

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back!

After being cancelled  in March, the Sustainability Office is excited to be bringing back our most delicious cycling event of the year – this time proudly part of Biketober Christchurch. 

Taking part in the Bike Breakfast is easy. All you need to do is ride to campus on Wednesday 7 October, park up your bike in the Beatrice Tinsley bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you for your efforts with free coffee and kai on us!

What: Bike Breakfast

When: Wednesday 7 October, 8am – 10am

Where: Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park

What do I need to bring? Yourself, your bike and/or your helmet, and a mug for your coffee, tea or banana smoothie.

For more information and event updates, see the Facebook event here.

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

Dr Bike is back

Dr Bike is back for Term Four!

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Thursday afternoon until the end of term and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Thursday from 1pm – 2.30pm. Come past and say hi, and get your bike ready for summer riding with us!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these two on Thursdays!

This message was brought 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. If you’re interested in learning more about services and facilities available for cyclists at UC, check out our website.

DIY Beeswax Wraps with UC Sustainability and the Te Rua Makerspace

Earlier this month UC Sustainability held a DIY workshop in the beautiful new Te Rua Makerspace to celebrate our favourite month – Plastic Free July!

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. It’s a month long challenge which encourages all of us to ‘choose to refuse’ single use plastics – like takeaway coffee cups, drink bottles, straws, bags and plastic wrappers.

We decided to tackle Plastic Free July by showing our UC community how to make their own alternative to cling film – by repurposing old materials into beeswax food wraps!

Check out UC Puna Te Rua Makerspace’s video below, and catch up on all the fun we had.

Want to make your own beeswax wrap? All you need is some beeswax, cotton fabric, baking paper and an iron. Check out the full instructions here, and give it a go at home!

Huge thank you to Andy from the Te Rua Makerspace and the UC Library team for collaborating with us to bring you this workshop. 

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Waste Education Workshops coming up this September

Did you know… That the amount of waste going to landfill in New Zealand has increased by over 20% in just the last three years? It is time to take action!

Waste Free with Kate is a waste education and inspirational speaking organisation who are coming to Christchurch this September to present their Waste Free Parenting, Waste Free Living Workshop and Foodlovers Masterclass.

These workshops are supported by Christchurch City Council and are a great opportunity to become educated and activated on reducing waste at home. Depending on which workshop you attend, you’ll leave inspired and equipped with knowledge on how to reduce your waste footprint and take control of your impact on our future!

Choose from Waste Free Parenting, Waste Free Living or Foodlovers (food waste) workshops, and take action with us.

Waste Free Parenting Workshops: Monday 14th September & Tuesday 15th September.

Waste Free Living Workshops: Monday 14th September & Friday 18th September.  

Foodlovers Masterclass: Friday 18th September.

Follow the links above for the full details and ticket information, or alternatively check out the Facebook events or the Waste Free with Kate website.

What else? You get a free pack with each ticket, bursting with waste minimization products!
 
These workshops are suitable for all households, flats, ages and stages. Why not take a friend and make it part of your Plastic Free July challenge?

 

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