Campus cycling services and facilities

Dr Bike

Dr Bike is a free weekly service provided by the UC Sustainability Office during term time, where students and staff can have their bicycles looked at and fixed up by Dr Bike mechanics. This service provides free basic maintenance and repairs such as puncture repair, tuning brakes and oiling chains.

Dr Bike is available only during term time, when most students are on campus.

  • When: Thursday afternoons, 1pm - 2.30pm
  • Where: C Block lawn- in front of Central Lecture Theatres

For any queries about Dr Bike email

Bike Repair Stations

There are three bike repair stations with a variety of basic bike mechanic tools available on a 24/7 basis. These can be found at:

  • Between the Puaka/James Hight building and North Arts lecture theatre
  • Matariki bike parks
  • Beatrice Tinsley bike parks

Cycle parks

UC offers different types of bike parking around campus: secure, covered and open-air.

Secure stands are electronically accessed, video-surveillance monitored bike parks. Simply swipe your Canterbury Card to get access. Please make sure that you still lock your bike. Secure bike stands can be found at:

  • Engineering (Creyke Road)
  • Behind Central Lecture theatres 
  • Meremere (Law)

Go to the UC interactive campus map to see the locations of all secure, covered and open-air bike parks.

Air pumps

A manual air pump with pressure guage is located in each of the secure cycle stands.

Engineering secure stand also has an air compressor pump.

If you find that one of the air pumps is broken, please report this to the UC Sustainability Office.


The UCSA provides a free 'Borrow-A-Bike' scheme on campus. Any UC staff or student can borrow a bike for the day by going to to the UCSA office and signing it out. Simply show your staff/student ID at recpetion. All bikes come with a helmet and a lock. It's that easy!

Locking your Bike

We recommend investing in a thick chain lock or a D-lock, as the cheap, flexible cable locks can be easily cut in seconds. We also suggest registering your bike on the 529 Garage online bike registry, which helps Police return stolen bikes to their rightful owners.

It is important to still lock your bike even when using the secure bike stands on campus.

Puncture repair kits

Tyre levers and puncture repair patches and glue can be borrowed from the Security Office (114 Ilam Road). Leave your Canterbury Card as deposit.


Some showers on campus are available for cyclists travelling a long distance. Check out UC's interactive campus map for an updated location of showers.


Available on a first padlock in, first served basis. 

Lockers are also available in Law and Engineering buildings.

Cycle skills

UC Sustainability offeres free workshops to help you gain confidence riding a bike. Learn more here.


Cyclists can use both the campus roads and pedestrian paths, but please always be considerate of other path/road users. If you are biking between the University's Ilam and Dovedale sites, the Uni-Cycle is a shared cycle/walk way that links Waimairi and Ilam Roads via Ilam Fields.

Opened in 2017, the Uni-Cycle |Puari ki Pū-taringa-motu |is a 5.6km route connecting UC to the central city via Ilam Fields, Riccarton Bush and Hagley Park. This route also connects with two other Major Cycle Routes – Te Ara O-Rakipaoa | Nor’West Arc cycleway at Ilam Road and Puari ki Pū-harakeke-nui | Northern Line Cycleway at Mona Vale.

There are over 60km of dedicated cycleways in Christchurch. Check out the CCC's Bike Easy map to find a cycleway near you.