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Friends on Bikes Newsletter: April 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, cycling, Community Groups

Things have changed but it’s not the end…

Over the past 12 years, notwithstanding bad weather, earthquakes and plagues, Frocks/ Friends on Bikes has endeavoured to deliver at least one ride or cycling-related event every month. That’s well over 120 rides!

Connie and Meg are stepping back from planning and leading regular Friends on Bikes rides. We are proud to have achieved our main goal of more women (and men) riding around Ōtautahi Christchurch in everyday clothes.

We’d like to give big shout out to all members who have helped plan and lead rides over the years. You’ve been amazing! We encourage everyone to do have a go at planning a ride in the future. Send us your ideas and plans and they will be promoted through this newsletter and on our Facebook page. If you have an idea but are not sure about how to go about turning it into a ride Connie (gocyclechristchurch[at] or Meg (meg.christie[at] can give you some advice. However, neither Connie nor Meg will lead the ride! That’s up to you!

And… if YOU want to take on the over-all coordination role please get in touch and we’ll have a chat about what’s involved (meg.christie[at] The new coordinator(s) will have carte blanche about how a new Friends on Bikes may look like. Over to you, members!

Friends on Bikes newsletters will continue to come out infrequently to promote community rides (those not run exclusively for Friends on Bikes) and also new cycling infrastructure and other cycle-related news and events.

Upcoming Events

Dutch Week Orange Bike Ride

Join in on a ride on the Uni-Cycle Cycleway. Dress in Orange! Great prizes to be won! Dutch treats for all!

Date: Saturday 30th April 2022.
Start Time: Every 15 minutes from 10am.
Start Location: Corner of Ilam Road and University Drive.

The ride will finish at the Hagley Golf Course by 1pm.

Email bikeorangechristchurch[at] for more information.

Peace Train Ride

Date: Sunday 1st May 2022
Start Time: 1.30pm.
Start Location: Al Noor Mosque (Deans Avenue).
Find out more about the Peace Train Ride (Facebook).

Cycling Security Updates

529 Garage

Christchurch City Council is partnering with Canterbury Police to launch 529 Garage bike registration database locally. When this was launched in Vancouver there was a 40 percent reduction in bike thefts over 4 years, and an increase in bikes being recovered and returned to their owners.

Read the CCC Newsline story about 529 Garage.

Find out more on 529 Garage, including how to download the 529 Garage app.

Secure Parking Around Town

Using a Locky Dock is super easy, free and all you need is either your Metrocard or the bikeep app.

Watch this quick video on how to lock, dock and recharge any bike, e-bike or scooter.

Check out the CCC cycle map to see where Locky Docks are located.

More Upcoming Events

Bike Film Night 2022

This event is running in Christchurch on 19th and 20th May 2022.

Find out more about Bike Film Night 2022, including locations, times and how to book.

Comments from 2022 attendees:

  • Best selection ever.
  • Wow! If it comes to your town do NOT miss it. Something for everyone.
  • I love your film festival!
  • A fantastic collection of films.
  • Truly inspirational films and somehow you’ve managed to top the previous years.
  • That was awesome. 👌