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Free cycle skill workshops

Is riding a bike to uni,  to work, or around town your goal this summer?

Come along to a free cycle-with-confidence workshop and get practical, personalised advice in a safe, supportive and fun environment.

These free lunch-hour sessions will cover cycle safety, skills and techniques in a mix of settings, both off-road (tennis courts) and on-road (cycle lanes surrounding UC).

Join us for one (or more) free workshops during October:​​​​​​​

  • Tuesday 3 October, 12pm – 1pm
  • Thursday 5 October, 12pm – 1pm
  • Tuesday 10 October, 12pm – 1pm
  • Thursday 12 October, 12pm – 1pm
  • Tuesday 17 October, 12pm – 1pm
  • Thursday 19 October, 12pm – 1pm

Sessions start and end from the tennis courts on Ilam Fields. Loan bikes and helmets can be provided on request.

Registration is essential as spaces are limited.  Email chloe.sutton@canterbury.ac.nz for more details and to register, and together let’s gain the confidence to enjoy Ōtautahi by bike!

Free breakfast for cyclists

You know what time it is… the Bike Breakfast is back for 2023!

Bike to campus on Monday 9 October then head over to Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park for free kai.

UC Sustain will be there from 8.00am – 10.00am serving free coffee (BYO mug), hot choccys, the famous smoothie bike, and vegan danish deliciousness from Bohemian Bakery.

Dr Bike will be on hand for free bike servicing and repairs, and the Council cycling team can help you register your bike on 529 Garage. Giving out FREE 529 Garage shields/stickers/decals (RRP $12.99), as well as key advice on secure bike locks (see what we did there) and advice on using the city’s cycle way network.

Learn about more cycling events happening in Ōtautahi all month, including our free cycle-with-confidence workshops on campus and go in the draw to win some cool Biketober merch.

More information about Biketober to come… See you there!

What’s on for Plastic Free July

It’s Plastic Free July! And we are marking this international awareness month by highlighting some great UC research, projects and engagement opportunities.

We have some fun events for you to be part of to help continue the conversation around single-use plastics while living Ngā Uara | Our Values, especially tiakitanga – looking after our resources and people.

What’s on

Monday 17 July: Join the challenge – For our 150th year, we’re challenging UC students and staff to come up with 150 ways to replace single-use plastic items. Contribute your way by commenting on Instagram @ucnz and @ucsustain – there are prizes up for grab!

Friday 21 July: At the Te Rua Makerspace you can make your own beeswax wrap from 11am until 1pm – this is a great chance to go and get involved.

Learn more about Plastic Free July on our website, where you can find research, as well as our events and activations. You can also visit the UC News for articles and interviews on plastic in the circular-economy and video on research into helping consumers reduce their plastic use while shopping.

We look forward to seeing you taking part in Plastic Free July and diving into the activations, news and videos.

Ngā mihi,