• Hidden Treasures: Bottle Lake Forest Park

    Hidden Treasures: Bottle Lake Forest Park0

    Mountain-biking around Christchurch tends to divide into the hilly bits and the flat bits. The Port Hills give you plenty of the former (even with the Chch Adventure Park temporarily out of action), while the flatter stuff tends to be closer to the Waimakariri River (e.g. McLeans Forest). Another one in the latter category is

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  • Fossil Fuel Free Coast to Coast to Coast 2017

    Fossil Fuel Free Coast to Coast to Coast 20170

    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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  • Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes

    Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes2

    Here’s a guest post from Darren who’s been thinking about his regular commute: There’s an ongoing debate around the world regarding delineation of modes: Separate different types and speeds of travellers (think: footpaths, separated cycleways, medians, rail corridors, with signal-controlled intersections where they intersect)  Mixing all travellers together (think: shared spaces, slow neighbourhood streets, Cashel

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  • Guest Post: One Ride, Two Cycleways, Many Options

    Guest Post: One Ride, Two Cycleways, Many Options4

    Guest blogger Robert contemplates a Sunday well spent… It was billed as a Spokes Submission ride on Sunday Dec 11th to check out details for the currently consulted Heathcote Expressway and Rapanui-Shag Rock (Stage 2-3) Cycleways (described as a leisurely two hour ride out to the Heathcote and return). It evolved into a four-hour masterclass

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  • Bike and bus to the airport

    Bike and bus to the airport6

    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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  • Waimakariri District Walking/Cycling Strategy

    Waimakariri District Walking/Cycling Strategy8

    Immediately north of Christchurch, our nearest neighbours Waimakariri District are also getting into the cycling swing of things. While many people have been focused on the many cycleways happening across Christchurch, the Govt’s Urban Cycleways Programme is also delivering some cycle facilities north of the Waimakariri River as well. With that in mind, the District

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  • Hidden Treasures: Chch Northern Railway Cycleway

    Hidden Treasures: Chch Northern Railway Cycleway5

    Long before the Major Cycleways were even a consideration, the Railway Cycleway was Christchurch’s original separated cycleway. Following the northern rail corridor, it provides an almost uninterrupted riding experience from Riccarton to Northcote. The Christchurch Railway Cycleway was developed in stages, with the northern sections the first to appear. Slowly the route headed south towards

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  • Firsts on the Old Ghost Road – cycle trailers and unicycles

    Firsts on the Old Ghost Road – cycle trailers and unicycles0

    In June Steve Muir completed the first crossing of the Old Ghost Road towing a bike trailer. It was the middle of winter with a marginal weather forecast, so felt the need for a decent amount of gear to keep warm & have warm dry clothes at night. Short days mean long nights so a

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  • Photo of the Day: Central City Sharrows

    Photo of the Day: Central City Sharrows9

    The rebuild continues apace in the central city, and that includes the Accessible City transport plans. While some of that includes separated cycle facilities like those seen on Tuam St and south Colombo St, other parts rely on traffic-calmed (30 km/h) shared streets to get around by bike. So it was interesting to see these

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  • Victoria Street Denial

    Victoria Street Denial8

    Once upon a time earthquakes shook up Christchurch. With the central city destroyed, Share an Idea seized on the opportunity to rebuild a city for people, a cycle friendly 21st century sustainable city. The broad community envisioned a creative and life-affirming response to the quakes. It did not take long for car-centred politicians to respond

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  • Shouldering the burden

    Shouldering the burden6

    Around the outskirts of Christchurch, there are many “urban-fringe” roads that are popular both as recreational and commuting cycling routes. However, they are definitely not for the faint-hearted on a bike, because often they have some rather negligible shoulders provided for riding on. Coupled with higher speed limits, this introduces a worrying risk. In many