Tag Archives: Sustainability

Cheaper student bus fares now here!

Metro has launched a huge new discount for uni students. You can now save 40% off travel if you have a Tertiary Student Metrocard.

With public transport now half price across the country until January 2023, that means you can travel within Ōtautahi Christchurch for only 75 cents on the bus. Top that! 

All you need to do is order your brand new free card here (you’ll need your UC login details for this).  You’ll be notified once your card is ready to be picked up from the UCSA counter at Haere-roa on Level 2. 

To be eligible for the Tertiary Student Metrocard, you have to be enrolled at UC for at least one semester. 

The discount is a 2-year trial, so let’s make it a success and travel sustainably! 

Check out the Metrocard website for more information here.  

Kia mataara | Think First – Be Light and Bright on your Bike!

Cycling can be a great way to travel all year round (…fuel prices anyone?)

However, with reduced daylight hours and cold or wet weather, there are a few simple 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!


Credit: @cyclista_zine

Bike lights & reflectors

  • Put white front lights and red rear lights on your bike at night and in low light conditions.
  • Wear something bright or colourful – avoid wearing dark clothing, even during the day.
  • Reflective strips on clothing or a bright backpack cover will improve your visibility.

Ride to the conditions

  • Wet weather makes surfaces slippery and always be mindful of ice on the roads
  • Beware of road markings, manhole covers and leaves – try to avoid braking or turning sharply as you cross them
  • Ride slower in wet conditions to keep control, and watch your following distances
  • Maintain a good road position so you can be seen by other road users
  • Pump the brakes gently when going down hills to avoid skidding
  • Mudguards, gloves and a good (and brightly coloured) rain jacket will be your best friends!

Look after your bike (and it’ll look after you!)

  • Check your tyres. Make sure there is good rubber for traction in the wet and there are no cuts or glass in them.
  • Check your brakes work well as they can wear down quicker in wet and dirty conditions.
  • Store your bike under cover.
  • Does your bike need some winter TLC to get it road ready? Bring it along to Dr Bike, our free weekly bike service or check out the RAD Bikes drop in sessions in town.

When you arrive

  • If you love it, lock it! Bike theft is on the rise in Ōtautahi. We recommend using a good quality D Lock to deter potential thieves. Check out the video below and see how different bike locks stack up!
  • Go a step further to protect your bike and register with the world’s largest community-powered bike recovery service, Garage 529. Upon registering, your bike will be included in a secure nationwide database, which makes it easy to report a stolen bike and for Police to return your bike to you if it’s found.

Keen to ride more, or all over it already? You can learn more about the facilities and services available for UC cyclists here.

Happy riding fam! Love, your UC Sustainability Office (follow us for more sustainable student tips on @ucsustain!)

Make a free beeswax wrap this week!

Plastic Free July is here… and so is the return of UC Sustainability’s famous Beeswax Wrap Workshop!

Ditch the plastic clingfilm and come along to the library this Thursday 21 July to  make your own reusable beeswax wrap, for free! 🐝🥙

It’s fun, easy, and you’ll leave with a new skill and a super handy reusable for the kitchen. Whether it’s for covering leftovers in the fridge or wrapping up a snug sammie for lunch… with a beeswax wrap you can do it totally low-waste. Perfect timing for Plastic Free July!
What: Beeswax Wrap Workshop
Where: Te Rua Makerspace, Level 2, Puaka-James Hight Library
When: Thursday 21 July, 11am – 1pm
Bring: Some friends!
Check out the Facebook event to learn more (and get a handy reminder).
All materials provided. See you there!