The Sustainability Office is currently working on a plan to get 1500 additional bike parks onto campus. This needs to be done as a staged project given that many sites we want to put bike stands in are currently under construction or have hoardings around them. However, we are making progress. For example, we have recently placed an order for an additional 300 bike parks, which should be in place in the next few months. Additionally, parking for 110 bikes is currently becoming available on the north side of Engineering and the Health Centre. Last term we also welcomed back the enclosed bike parking facility on Creyke Rd (for 80 bikes), which had been unavailable for two years.
Also, you will start seeing these posters around in the secure cycle stands as an integral part of UC’s programme towards more secure cycle parking.
We are making progress with bringing bike parking numbers back up on campus. A plan for hundreds of new bike parks around the Engineering precinct is being developed (we will keep you posted), and we are starting to look at what the bike parking provisions for the new Science precinct will look like as well.
We are on the verge of installing a new bike parking area outside the front entrance of Forestry. This has long been a problematic area for students especially, and the lack of bike parking has resulted in people chaining their bikes to the handrail along the ramp up to the main doors. We really encourage people to get as close to their destination with their bikes as they can… but this particular example has created a very significant health and safety issue – please don’t do this! Think first: the handrail is there for people with disabilities. We will be installing some new hardstands right next to this area, which will hopefully become a popular cycle parking area. In addition to this, we have provision for a further 150 bike parks on campus, which are now starting to get dotted around.
Keep an eye out for news about cycle route planning and other bike facilities over the next while … we’ll let you know when we have more details.
As more of you are jumping on your bikes to enjoy the spring sun and the new Christchurch cycle ways, we are continuing to upgrade the bike stand availability in the context of a changing campus, following the UC Cycle Strategy.
We have just installed 20 new bike stands outside Geography, with capacity for 200 bikes. Discussions are now underway about the optimal cycle provision for Engineering. Nothing will be solidly in place for a couple of years, potentially, while works in this area continue. Unfortunately, bike stand placement may continue to be a moving feast in this area for now. In particular, we are soon to lose the bike stands between the Civil/Mech wings as this area is closed off for construction. We are looking at temporary solutions close to the NZi3 Building in the meantime. If you are based around Engineering, please bear with us as we work through the various issues in the next couple of years.
Our ultimate intention is to introduce an absolute upgrade to both the numbers of bike stands available, but also other end of trip facilities such as showers and bike maintenance equipment.
The moving feast of bike parking on campus continues apace, and we are doing our best to keep up with it as buildings open and close. As we do this we are also settling some new permanent cycle parking areas (Matariki, Science Lawn, Music/Law for example).
How down are we on pre-earthquake levels? Since 2013 there has been a net increase of over 300 bike stands, but that was starting with a loss of over 700 bike stands since the earthquakes. We are still down by 455 bike parking spaces.
What are we doing about this? Gradually, as funding and space becomes available, we are replenishing our bike parking facilities. You may have noticed that in front of Geography there is now parking for an additional 140 bikes, for example. These bike stands look a bit different from the ones we usually get because they are on loan until the new stands we have purchased arrive. There will then be space for 200 bikes in that area.
What about Engineering? We receive a lot of inquiries and complaints from the School of Engineering about the lack of bike stands around the School. This is partly because the main bike stands are closed while Engineering is refurbished, and because the main remaining bike parking area (between Civil and Mechanical) is a very tight space in the middle of a construction site. We have crammed as many bike stands as we think we safely can into that area, but we really are pressed for space regarding putting additional stands in there. We are looking into a few options (which would encroach on departmental carparking and storage space) and will keep the School posted on developments.
Matariki bike stands: The main bike parking area in the centre of campus is off University Drive by the Matariki/Registry building. We want to really encourage students visiting the library or other buildings in the centre of campus to use this space – we’ve discovered that most students don’t even know it’s there. So check it out: there’s always space there!
Many of you will have seen that bike stand availability is continuing to be a moving feast in 2015, just as it has over the last few years.
We are really happy with the new bike stands along the hoarding on Science Lawn, and also the major new bike parking facility behind the Matariki Building. Have you found this one yet? For people wanting to park near the James Hight/Puaka Library, this is a great option as there are well over 100 bike parks there.
We’ve received a lot of feedback that the cycle parking at Dovedale has not been adequate and we have got some new bike stands over there. Let us know if you are having trouble finding a place to park your bike and we will see what we can do to help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh and in case you missed it: Our fabulous Dr Bike Mechanics are back on deck! Funded by the UC Sustainability Office, they can help with basic repairs such as checking brakes, fixing punctures and oiling chains. AT NO COST TO YOU! They will be available on Wednesdays during term time only from 12-1 on C Block Lawn.
As the campus changes rapidly over the next few years we’ll be finding that bike stand placements will change as well. While things are a moving feast with cycle parking at the moment we want you to know that we are working away behind the scenes to introduce a fantastic new cycling environment and you should see the first significant signs of this in November. We have made a substantial purchase of new bike stands, which will all be in place in new locations during 2015.
Many of you will have noticed that earlier this year we put temporary bike parking up on the James Hight Plaza (between the Library steps and the Registry/Matariki Building). The reason for this was that although we never used to have bike parking in that area (mainly because it is primarily a pedestrian space), it was thought to be acceptable to have some stands there while the Registry/Matariki Building was closed for refurbishment. Now that Matariki has re-opened it was too dangerous to maintain a busy bike park there; so while these were really well used, they have now been taken away.
In the meantime we have developed plans to incorporate space for 160 bikes in the Matariki carpark and this will be the main bike park in the central campus area. This should be ready for use in time for summer school, something to look forward too! We have also upgraded bike parking around the Science Lawn. Watch that space, cause there are more to come there.
All these steps are in line with the Cycle Plan we released earlier this year, and is a response to what the UC community told us in the 2012 Transport Survey.
(By Matt Morris from the Sustainability Office)
For more information on UC’s cycle plan, check here.