Biketober 2018 – Week 2

We are only seven days into this year’s Biketober Christchurch festival and already you’ve had the opportunity to take part in thirty different events! This has included some great rides, bike workshops, training sessions, and generally fun activities to do …

Rookie mistakes that can hamper new cyclists

As spring kicks in, and a few more new cycleways appear, more people might be thinking about getting into cycling around Christchurch. That’s great to see (especially with Biketober just around the corner too) but for some newbies, there might …

Hidden Treasures: Knights Stream cycle skills park

Many families with young children have enjoyed developing their bike skills at Westburn Park in Burnside, where a playground mimicking a street network is available for kids to ride on. Now there is a second option in Christchurch for those …

Are new cycleways OK for existing cyclists?

When considering potential objections to cycleways, or “bikelash”, there are the usual suspects to consider, such as businesses worried about losing parking, and motorists worried about getting held up. But another group has also been making noises about some …

Clever Cycling Stuff: Hook Turn Boxes

Here’s another nifty cycling tool that’s starting to pop up more around Christchurch: hook turn boxes. These innocuous little painted boxes at intersections help people cycling make that trickiest of manoeuvres – the right-hand turn.

So what’s a hook turn? …

Hidden Treasures: Westburn Reserve Bike Park

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa got you the bike-friendly gift you were after. If Junior has got a new bike they’re probably raring to try it out somewhere. There are various parks and tracks around Christchurch where they can have …

Book Review: Everyday Cycling in Aotearoa New Zealand

by Alastair Smith (185pp., Awa Press, Wellington, RRP $35)

Here’s something that might be handy as a Xmas stocking-filler!

Over the years I have collected a variety of books on cycling for transport and urban cycle commuting. Invariably they …

Hidden Treasures: Kendal School Bike Track

Tucked away in northwest Christchurch is a unique cycle facility that could be the model for others in the city. Kendal School, a small primary school in Burnside, has constructed a 600m cycle track around its periphery. This provides its …

How to Ride a Bike: A Guide for Fat Cyclists

Here is a neat link that a friend sent me. Another perspective of how fattist we as a society is (and yes, my day job is health promotion to combat obesity!) http://www.charlottecooper.net/docs/fat/rideabike.htm

Even though we were active cyclists as kids,