Cycling tips and information
Whether you're a seasoned cycler or just getting started see below for helpful tips and links to other great websites.
Getting a bike
If you haven’t already got a bike, your local bike shop is the best place to start. Check out advice on choosing a bike. Auctions include TradeMe , and Police auctions. The university bike club, UC Bike may also a good source of an affordable bike. You could also try a second hand bike store called Around Again (catch the Purple Line Bus to get to it!)
Getting the rules right
Download the road code for cyclists:
- Information for cyclists quick guide NZ Transport Agency website
- Safety tips on urban roads by BikeWise NZ
- The Bicycle Tutor - Step-by-step tutorials and video guides on how to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance.
Save even more time
- Map your own route through Hagley or other parks where your car can’t go.
- Find shops at your door by searching for things like “organic groceries” in your suburb. Get directions, walking/driving time and distance, and limit shops to being within a specified distance.
Get a bike trailer
- Buy a bike trailer, or better yet, make one yourself! There is some great information on the website cycletrailers.co.nz.
- If you're not too sure about bike trailers you can hire one for a short time for free by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spokes Canterbury: a local cycling advocacy group dedicated to include cycling as an everyday form of transport in local and regional planning.
- Bikewise NZ for cycling tips from choosing a bike, through cycling in city traffic, to equipment, maintenance, and more.
- Join the cycling related club UC Bike.
- Motivate yourself – read the essay from a once-was driver.
- Check out the reality behind biking myths.
- Check out CAN's Facts and Figures about cycling in New Zealand.