• Solutions to traffic queues

    Solutions to traffic queues0

    • 17 March 2017

    I was impressed with this image from a story on Aucklands traffic congestion which suggested Aucklanders spend 4 weeks a year stuck in traffic. It’s a great perspective with the queued traffic snarling to a standstill while the lone cyclist has plenty of space to zoom along having a great time. I do have to

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  • Fossil Fuel Free Coast to Coast to Coast 2017

    Fossil Fuel Free Coast to Coast to Coast 20170

    • 13 March 2017

    The second ever Fossil Fuel Free Coast to Coast to Coast was held in February 2017 and was much more enjoyable than the 2016 outing which got hit by a weather bomb. Five participants biked from Christchurch to the West Coast and back, with tandem bikes towing kayaks, taking a week.  The full story is

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  • Are you a “one bike” or “multi bike” person?

    Are you a “one bike” or “multi bike” person?5

    • 25 February 2017

    I’ve been observing people riding to work on my daily commute and looking at what they’re riding on. Increasingly there are some pretty cool commuting bikes, including e-bikes and stylish “upright” city bikes. But it’s interesting how many still are riding to work on what seems to be a basic mountain-bike or road bike. I

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  • New cycling research causes a flurry

    New cycling research causes a flurry7

    • 23 February 2017

    Three interesting research reports about cycling have just been publicly released by the NZ Transport Agency and already they’re causing a bit of a stir around cycling circles (and elsewhere…). We previously alluded to these pieces of work being underway, and their findings have some interesting implications for cycling policy in New Zealand. {disclosure: I

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  • First look: Chch Adventure Park

    First look: Chch Adventure Park1

    • 9 February 2017

    After all the anticipation, it was great to see the Christchurch Adventure Park open in mid-December. Since then, heaps of people have flocked to the park to try out the mountain bike trails and other facilities. Apparently the local bike shops have also been doing a roaring trade in new bikes, protective gear, and fixing

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  • Sign up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge

    Sign up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge0

    • 22 January 2017

    As summer hots up (we hope…), we head towards that time of the year when cycling is celebrated across New Zealand. In the past, it was BikeWise that promoted Go By Bike Day and BikeWise Month during February; this year sees the launch of a new initiative, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. So what’s it all

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  • Book Review: The Bike and Beyond

    Book Review: The Bike and Beyond1

    • 11 January 2017

    The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand by Laura Williamson (104pp., Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, RRP $14.99 e-book $4.99) I recently waded my way through David Byrne’s intriguing but dense travelogue Bicycle Diaries – it took me about six months to get through it; it just felt like hard work

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  • Guest Photo of the Day: Playcentre Bike Parking

    Guest Photo of the Day: Playcentre Bike Parking8

    • 16 December 2016

    A good sign that cycling is becoming normalised in Christchurch is when it’s not just the clichéd “lycra road warriors” to be seen riding to work or for exercise. So it was nice to receive this photo from a friend-of-a-friend who takes her two kids to Somerfield Playcentre on the green e-bike in the photo.

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  • Bike and bus to the airport

    Bike and bus to the airport6

    • 4 December 2016

    In the past week I had to travel to Wellington twice, necessitating early starts to catch the 7.05am “red eye”. My wife needed the car (and that would have still cost $25/day for parking). I didn’t fancy paying $60 a pop for taxi rides to the airport (I suppose Uber would have been cheaper if

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  • Cycling Activities for Dec 2016

    Cycling Activities for Dec 20160

    • 30 November 2016

    Another year is drawing to a close, but there’s just enough time to take on a few more cycling events before we catch our breath. In fact, things are starting right from the first day of December… Remember to keep an eye on our Activities and Events Calendar for the latest updates on what’s happening.

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  • Photo of the Day: Quake City Biking

    Photo of the Day: Quake City Biking0

    • 25 November 2016

    The recent shaky events not too far north of us remind us all of our own darkest days back in 2010-11. The graphic and thought-provoking details of the city’s earthquakes are well captured in the Quake City exhibit in Cashel Mall, which I only visited for the first time about a month ago. It’s well

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  • A cycle-friendly hotel

    A cycle-friendly hotel2

    • 21 November 2016

    Being a cycle-friendly city means more than just providing some nice cycleways; all activities need to think about how they can support cycling in what they do. So it’s nice to see examples of businesses around Christchurch that have made the effort to incorporate biking. A few weeks ago, I had to travel across town

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