Biketober continues on through Labour Weekend

Labour Weekend seems an apt time to be confirming a change of Government (and a cycle-friendly one at that), so why not celebrate by taking part in a few Biketober activities? After a busy week of activities around the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, there are still plenty of things left in the calendar:

Over 300 people took advantage of the bike valet parking service at last weekend’s City of Cycles
  • If you’re quick, you can still pop on down to the Cycle-Powered Cinema, at Space Academy (St Asaph St) from 7pm tonight. Once there, get pedalling and make the movies go!
  • Another week, another Major Cycle Route… tomorrow (Sat 21 Oct) sees a gentle ride along the Rapanui / Shag Rock cycleway, from town to Linwood and back, with a cafe stop as well. Meet at Latimer Square just before 1pm.
  • Fans of cargo bikes and other interesting bicycles can come along to SOuth Hagley Park from 1pm on Sun 22 Oct for the CHOCBAR Cargo Bike Rally. Meet up and ride with other cargo bike owners and then have fun trying each other’s out. Even if you don’t have one, feel free to come along and have a go (there may also be chocolate involved…).
If you want to try out one of these, come along to the CHOCBAR Rally or the NZ Bike Expo
  • The long weekend means a bonus bike ride, with Frocks on Bikes leading a Three in One Major Cycleways Ride on Mon 23 Oct from 11am starting at Cathedral Sq. This is a chance to take in parts of the Papanui Parallel, Northern Line and some of the Uni-Cycle Major Cycleways.
  • For staff and students at Ara Institute, next Thu 26 Oct sees a bike maintenance workshop on campus all day from 9am-3pm. Bring your bike along for a bit of TLC or guidance, courtesy of ICEcycles. Don’t forget the regular RAD Bikes workshops at the Commons (Kilmore/Durham) every Wed evenings and Sun afternoons too.
Lots of attendees at the Women in Urbanism breakfast during the Cycle Congress
  • Don’t forget that you also have until this Monday 23rd to have a look at the free Ride On exhibition, as part of Heritage Week (the Arts Centre, 10am-4pm daily). View an impressive range of bikes, right from the classic “velocipedes” to modern-day e-bikes and everything in between; there’s also some interesting commentary on the development of cycling in Christchurch through the ages.
The ‘Ride On’ exhibition at The Arts Centre

A heads-up also that next weekend (Sat 28 – Sun 29) is the NZ Bike Expo, the first of its kind. Come along to see, try out and buy all kinds of bikes and bike equipment, plus hear from a range of interesting seminar speakers. Open 10am-5pm each day at the Wigram Airforce Museum; $10 for adults. There will also be rides to the Expo on both days, showcasing the new Little River Link cycleway.

All Biketober event details can be found on the Cycling in Chch Events/Activities Calendar or the Biketober Chch Facebook page. Get on your bike this week!

What events will you be taking part in?

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