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Think first – cycling in winter

Cycling can be a great way to travel to UC. However, with reduced daylight hours and wet weather, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you and your bike are prepared for riding this winter season.  

Check out our safety tips and stay light, bright and on your bike this winter! 

Ride to the conditions  

  • Wet weather makes surfacesslippery.  
  • Bewareof road markings, manhole covers and leaves – try to avoid braking or turning sharply as you cross them.  
  • Ride slowerin wet conditions to keep control.  
  • Watchyour following distances.  
  • Maintain a good road position anddon’t ride in the gutter. 
  • Always watch for cars, other cyclists and pedestrians.   

Use the right gear and equipment  

  • Gloves help you maintain a good grip in cold and wet conditions.  
  • Rain jackets – make sure your jacket won’t get caught in the chain or other moving parts.  
  • Mudguards can help keep you clean (and a little drier) on wet roads.   
  • Lights…and a reflective vest  

Look after your bike   

  • Check your brakes work well, as they can wear down quicker in wet and dirty conditions.  
  • No matter where you leave it, always lock it. We recommend using a good quality D-Lock to deter potential thieves.  
  • Does your bike need some winter TLC to get it road ready? Bring it along to Dr Bike, our free weekly bike service, outside C Block lawn on Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 2.30pm.   

Make a beeswax food wrap for Plastic Free July!

Celebrate Plastic Free July with us by learning how to make your very own beeswax food wrap – for free!

Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to single-use plastic cling film. Handy for wrapping sandwiches, covering leftovers and keeping veggies fresh in the fridge, these reusable food wraps are quick, easy and fun to make.

Drop in to Te Rua Makerspace (Level 2, Puaka-James Hight) on Thursday 25 July between 11am – 1pm to make your wrap. Please allow around 30 minutes to make your wrap. All materials are provided, and this workshop is completely free.

Follow @ucsustain on Instagram to see how else you can get involved this Plastic Free July!

Free bike servicing on campus

Did you know you can get your bike fixed for free on campus? 🛠

Dr Bike is a free weekly service provided by the UC Sustainability Office, where students and staff can have their bikes looked at and fixed up by Dr Bike mechanics.

This service provides free basic maintenance and repairs such as puncture repair, tuning brakes and oiling chains. You can drop in anytime during the session.

When: Weekly* on Thursday afternoons, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Near C Block Lawn. Look for the red flag.

*Dr Bike runs during term time only. Dr Bike is starting back for Semester 2 on Thursday 18 July.