How bright is your bike light? (c/ Anthony Rodriguez)

Are bike lights becoming too bright?

It wasn’t that long ago that motorists could quite reasonably grumble about the lack of decent lighting emanating from most night-time bike riders. However, technology has moved on at a rapid pace and now you can get a decent set of powerful bike lights for less than $100 (and even more powerful if you have…

Cycleway separators in Shanghai

Guest Post – Cycling in Shanghai

Here is another guest post by intrepid guest blogger Robert. Watch for a few more as he travels around the world… Biking in other cities – How does Christchurch compare? This is the first of a series of articles that compares Christchurch with several other cities in the world. (1) Shanghai With a population approaching…

Road block sign

Summit Road Opportunity

What about making the Summit road a road for cyclists and pedestrians (and people with walking frames and wheelchairs) only?  The road between Rapaki and the Bridle Path reopened to foot and bicycle access only last week.  A trip up there at the weekend got me thinking that perhaps it would be more valuable to…

Idris-Glandovey intersection under construction

Cycleway stuff actually happening on the ground

With all the planning and talk about cycleways and other ways to improve cycling in Christchurch, it’s nice when we can actually start to see some stuff on the ground. Just the other week, it was confirmed that the first Major Cycleway Route, the “Uni-Cycle” from town to Ilam, will be constructed this summer (recall…

What have we here - a little mini traffic world...

Adelaide Cycle Training Park

One more last post about my recent visit to Adelaide: on one of our field-trip rides we came across this amazing facility in Bonython Park. Now I’ve always thought our own local bike training area at Westburn Park is pretty neat (and it is one of the most requested search items on this website). But…

bikecake

Two years blogging – and more Help needed!

A little milestone that snuck on past last month was the fact that Cycling in Christchurch is now two years old! Yes, it all began back on 12 May 2012 when the original blog creator Jenny (aka “Unity”) published the first post. Since then we’ve had just on 300 posts, nearly 900 (legitimate) comments from our…

As the sun sets, lots of people turned out for the ride.

2014 Winter Solstice Ride Highlights

Well, the contrast with last year’s chilly solstice ride couldn’t have been more stark. A lovely balmy winter’s day (17 deg I think) encouraged the punters out to Saturday’s 3rd Annual Winter Solstice Ride. All up, I counted about 160 people (including a few stragglers) joining in the fun on the night. It was great…

You go your way, I'll go mine...

Adelaide: Laneways

One really interesting feature of my recent visit to Adelaide was the urban laneways; they are a great example of how providing better for cycling doesn’t always mean building some cycleways. Rather like Christchurch, Adelaide has many small narrow streets interconnecting the larger grid network of major streets in the CBD. They’re not very wide…