Pedal into Spring 2018
Pedal into Spring is the opening extravaganza of this year's Biketober.
Saturday 6 October
Rauora Park, Christchurch central city
12.30 - 4.30pm
Explore and enjoy central Christchurch on your bike, with twelve themed routes (either guided or self-guided) to choose from. You might be inclined to complete two!
Ride with a friend, bring the family, or make new friends on the day.
Which route description spins your wheels?
Pedal into Spring details
Saturday 6 October 2018
Rauora Park, Christchurch Central City
Gather at the south-east corner of Manchester and Armagh Streets, opposite The Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Look for the big bike sign on Huanui Lane, near the basketball hoop.
12.30 – 4.30pm
Begin your choice of themed ride at any time from 12.30pm. Most rides will take 1.5 – 2 hours to complete, so if you wish to ride more than one route you should aim to arrive early.
What to wear
Urban biking is about style as well as transport, so dress to feel good on your bike. Random spot prizes may be given to riders and bikes who ‘look good’ together. Maybe dress to a theme, or decorate your bike? Be creative!
A go/no-go decision will be made before 6.00pm Friday 5 October, and posted on the Biketober Christchurch Facebook page: www.facebook.com/biketoberchch.
If postponed, Pedal into Spring will then be held on Sunday 7 October, same time and details.
There is plenty of on-street parking a short ride away in all directions. Plus, there are two car parks close by: the CCC New Regent Street Car Park (corner Manchester & Gloucester Streets), and a Wilsons park further south on Manchester Street. Of course, you can always bike in, or pop your cycle on a bus.
The Margaret Mahy Family Playground cafes have ice-cream, coffee, and snacks. The eateries on New Regent Street are only a short distance away.
Public toilets are located in The Margaret Mahy Family Playground.
Health and Safety
You are responsible for your own safety.
Road rules must be followed at all times.
Helmets must be worn.
Pedestrians have priority on shared paths, so please be courteous.
Whilst the roads, paths, parks, and shared cycling areas have improved greatly in Christchurch recently, please take care when riding your bike, particularly:
if you have children.
if you are unfamiliar with the road layout.
if you are not a fully confident cyclist.
when you approach tram tracks.
The most bike-friendly routes possible have been selected for this event, but if you have questions or concerns about safety, please ask a Spokes Biketober volunteer to help you choose a route that will suit you best. Only some of the routes on offer will have volunteer guides, who are experienced bike riders, but they are unable to take full responsibility for the safety of participants.