• Cycling in the Heat

    Cycling in the Heat2

    • 4 February 2017

    Some might say it’s a nice problem to have, but when the mercury is pushing 30 degrees (or even a sunny 20), sometimes it’s just hard work to hop on your bike. I guess we should be thankful that it doesn’t tend to reach the 40s that our friends in Australia and many other places

  • How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?

    How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?0

    • 25 September 2016

    Compared to the frenetic attention being paid in places like Auckland and Wellington, it may almost have escaped your notice that local government elections are currently underway in Christchurch as well, both at the City Council and Regional Council (not to forget the District Health Board either). Most of you should have received your voting

  • Guest Post: A Cycling Dogma

    Guest Post: A Cycling Dogma0

    • 22 May 2016

    Guest blogger Catherine shares some of her thoughts about the key factors that influence her daily choice to commute by bike: I developed a cycling dogma! It’s taken time to create, but here it is: Cycling offers me freedom like nothing else. Talk about being one with nature! You are part of nature when you

  • Guest Post: Statistics, Dollars, and the Intangible (Priceless) Benefits of Cycling

    Guest Post: Statistics, Dollars, and the Intangible (Priceless) Benefits of Cycling3

    • 15 January 2016

    Guest blogger Robert has a look at his wallet (and a few other measures) this week: It was good to see the recent post from Lennyboy sharing the reports of an increase in numbers of cycles using the shared Hagley Park cycle-way. And, by comparing usage of the new Matai Street/Deans Ave crossing with previous

  • Guest Post: Cycling and making sense of life

    Guest Post: Cycling and making sense of life13

    • 6 May 2015

    Another guest post by Robyn M Speed Sometimes life is like biking into a never-ending headwind. Sometimes life is happening so fast and out of control that it’s like flying downhill, both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. The most important thing I have gained from cycling is therapy. When I am in the

  • The sanity of cycling

    The sanity of cycling1

    • 22 March 2015

    Phew, what a week… 16 lectures to prepare and deliver, a bunch of student research meetings, preparing for a conference this coming week, and the usual emails and admin to deal with. It meant a lot of late nights followed by some equally early starts. The lack of sleep certainly tested the body’s resilience. And

  • Guest Post: As Easy As Riding a Bike

    Guest Post: As Easy As Riding a Bike0

    • 1 March 2015

    Here’s a guest post from Jack Jiang, kindly reprinted from his original AECOM blog post: Improving urban wellbeing: as easy as riding a bike The landscape of post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand is changing rapidly. When there is change, there will be innovation. Cycling in Christchurch is like much of the rest of the world: the media features it

  • Zen and the Art of Cycling

    Zen and the Art of Cycling0

    • 16 February 2015

    Here’s a guest post from occasional contributor Robyn M.Speed – enjoy… I nailed that hill! It had been there waiting, patiently, quietly. No nagging. No taunting. Just waiting…for the day when I decided ‘I’ll have a crack at it and see how far up I get before I decide to turn around.’ So I did.

  • What if… it was safe to cycle in Christchurch? Seminar Wed 11 June

    What if… it was safe to cycle in Christchurch? Seminar Wed 11 June1

    • 25 May 2014

    Following the success of the previous cycling-related “What If Wednesday” events held by the University of Canterbury, another interesting event is coming up in a couple of weeks. Two years ago, Geography Professor Simon Kingham posed the question “what if cycling was safer than driving?”, and explored the true risks (or not) cycling in New

  • Riding Long Distances

    Riding Long Distances0

    • 1 January 2014

    When I told you the other week about the ride that my son and I took out to Sumner, I mentioned that we clocked up 30km on the trip. For some people relatively new to cycling, that might seem like a very long distance to ride. But, as I’ll explain, with good preparation you will

  • Biking – Easier on the Body

    Biking – Easier on the Body2

    • 26 October 2013

    I’ve had a few significant aches and pains lately (mostly self inflicted – don’t play football against your son’s team…) and have been feeling less mobile than normal. This was then exacerbated when I moved into my new house last week (more cycling thoughts about that in later posts). Exacerbated because this new house is

  • The spirituality of cycling

    The spirituality of cycling2

    • 30 August 2013

    I’ve always been convinced that one of the greatest benefits of cycling is a spiritual benefit – the sense of appreciating the beauty of the world & feeling more connected to it as I zoom around the Port Hills. I even started the cycling church to promote this concept and wrote a somewhat flippant book called



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