Cycling in Christchurch New Zealand? Use the buses too!

Cycle trip on Phuket. Thailand

thanks for this information by Spokes

All buses on “bikes on buses” routes should now be fitted with racks.  You can find information about all the routes or  Contact METRO at 366 8855 or metroinfo [at] ecan [dot] govt [dot] nz if you need information about the routes.

The bike racks are convenient and easy to use, and its free to take your bike on them.  The main way to encourage their use (and build support for cycling and for adding racks to other routes) will be through people seeing bikes being transported and thinking “I could use that”.  So, locals, give them them a go – remember when you are using them, you are also advertising them!

did you know the bike was invented in Scotland?

If you live on or near a route that goes your way, try using them for all or part of your trip, or on the way back home. Remember also that for routes travelling along Colombo Street and not entering the Exchange (Nos. *11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 28, 77, 90*) you can leave your bike on the bus through the centre of town, and load or unload your bike at the Colombo St Exchange stops. This means that people travelling to and from Lyttelton (for example) can now catch or get off the 28 in the centre of town, rather than one stop before and after.

Bikes on buses are also great “range extenders”.  You can travel by several different routes (e.g. Nos. *11, 14, 15, 18, 21*) all the way from the NW and West up onto the Port Hills – a great option if you don’t want to cycle all the way across town.

If you want to cycle all or part of the way to Sumner, but don’t necessarily want to do the whole route or bike all the way back you now have the option of putting your bike on the No *3* Sumner bus (but you will have to get off before the exchange on this one).

So, after a number of years of lobbying by Spokes and others we finally have some decent “bikes on buses” routes – lets enjoy them!

I dont cycle from place to place but often hire one

*NZ Road Code for Cyclists Online*

And some other info just for you kiwi and traveling cyclists

  • *Cycle Rental in Scenic Nelson: Comfort Cycles, planned or unplanned routes, even drop off service for cycling in rural Nelson.
  • *Cycling in Paris
  • Here is entertaining Angles Morts video link to what it is like to ride a bike in Paris. And we thought is was tough here!
  • *Cycling Safety* Here are some well put comments on safety
  • *Death Valley** Cancer Ride** *Neill Glover is attempting to ride through Death Valley in order to raise $1 Million for NZ Child Cancer Foundation. See the web site (It is also a reminder that it is never too late to start exercising Check out the Facebook link on the above web site. There is even the chance to win an I-Pod Shuffle or awesome white water rafting trip.

Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

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