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ringing with her an exuberant love of cycle culture from her homeland Denmark, Connie Christensen (a Christchurch resident for the last 11 years) is at the forefront of a new bicycle initiative that aims to support people who are out of practice or nervous about riding a bike for the first time. Go Cycle Christchurch began in June last year, and starting out with just Connie and one other volunteer, the project has grown to include a team of 20 volunteers across Christchurch who provide great advise on suitable cycle routes and can even team you up with a cycling buddy for newbies. Christensen says the project is designed to

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support and give people the confidence to cycle in and around urban cycleways. Currently dedicating every waking moment to this full-time endeavour, Christensen is a passionate urban cyclist who wholeheartedly believes that cycling not only benefits those opting to take two wheels instead of four, but for motorists too. Connie’s love of urban cycling is clear from the many Facebook followers she has joining her on cycle events around Christchurch, and stands behind one of her Facebook posts that boldly states, “U can’t buy happiness but u can buy a bike and that’s pretty close (sic).” She says that the recent 30km speed zones popping up around Christchurch are actually

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a blessing in disguise as the main barrier to people cycling to work is concern over cars travelling too fast or too close. With the pockets of reduced speed zones around the city, it provides cyclists with the ideal window of opportunity, together with the onset of summer it’s the perfect time to take to two wheels instead of four. “Christchurch is a fantastic place and Go Cycle Christchurch provides a huge opportunity for people of all ages to get the best out of it,” says Christensen. “We see all kinds of people joining us on rides like a 21-year-old international student who had never ridden a bike before or a 60 year old woman who had been out of the saddle for 40 years, but wanted to get back into it for health reasons. “The ultimate success for Go Cycle Christchurch would be if everyone felt confident to cycle on the streets,” says Connie. “If we reach a point where we have a well designed cycle infrastructure and most adults cycle sometimes, then logically, most car users will also be cyclists, and therefore are more inclined to have greater awareness of cyclists and pedestrians sharing the streets, leading to a much safer and more relaxed city in which to live and work.” While the majority of the organised rides have been within the Four Aves, Connie says they are happy to help anyone no matter where they live and suggests that if you and a couple of friends or work colleagues would like to get riding, simply email GoCycleChristchurch@ gmail.com with your location and a few dates and times that suit and they will organise and advertise a ride in your area. Keep up to the date with all the latest tips and recreational cycling events at www.facebook.com/ CycleForTransport/.

CONNIE’S CYCLE SAFET Y TIPS

* USE QUIETER SIDE STREETS WHERE POSSIBLE AND ROUTES THROUGH PARKS * STAY ABOUT AN ARM’S WIDTH AWAY FROM PARKED CARS & USE A BELL TO ALERT PEDESTRIANS AND OTHER CYCLISTS * PLAN A ROUTE THAT USES LEFT TURNS INSTEAD OF RIGHT TURNS ACROSS BUSY INTERSECTIONS * IF YOU HAVEN’T USED YOUR BIKE FOR SOMETIME GET IT SERVICED BEFORE RIDING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME * LINK IN WITH ESTABLISHED CYCLE PATHS AND ROUTES WHERE POSSIBLE * IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF WEARING A FLUORESCENT VEST, TRY A COVER THAT FITS OVER YOUR BAG OR REFLECTIVE ANKLE CLIP

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UNI-CYCLE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY TO THE CENTRAL CITY This route connects with the Nor’West Arc at Ilam Road and the Northern Line Cycleway at Mona Vale. A large part of the route is already completed, with construction beginning this month on the section from Riccarton Bush through the University of Canterbury to Solway Avenue. “For years people have been calling on the Council to build safer facilities for cyclists so it is exciting to see this work getting under way,” says Phil Clearwater, Chairman of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee.

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“It signals the start of some significant momentum for the Major Cycle Routes, which, along with other major changes in the Central City and beyond, will transform the city’s transport network.” The complete Uni0Cycle line is expected to cost $1.6 million, which is shared between the Government’s Urban Cycleways Fund ($500,000), National Land Transport Fund ($550,000) and the Council ($550,000).

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Join us in donating to the Christchurch City Mission this Christmas Leave us your donations of non-perishable food items, blankets and toiletries, and we’ll deliver them to those most in need. We’re also happy to collect your donations from you, simply call us on 03 351 3002.

BELFAST TO SOUTH HAGLEY PARK AND THE CENTRAL CITY The existing rail path between Kilmarnock Street and Tuckers Road is a popular route for pedestrians and cyclists. The Northern Line project proposes to extend this facility at both the southern and northern ends to provide a full shared path from Belfast to South Hagley Park.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.CCC.GOVT.NZ.

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