One of the aspects of Christchurch that locals put forward as part of the 'share an idea' consultation process after the quakes was to make the city more cycle friendly, and following a lot of roadworks (with some more to come), the city now features cycles lanes on many of the city streets, as well as arterial routes in and out of the city.
In addition, the city centre now has a 30km speed limit, designed to make it safer and more user friendly for people who are walking, cycling and scootering, which is helping to encourage more cyclists into the central city.
Intersections on cycle ways also feature crossing signals for cyclists, as well as separate signals for pedestrians.
So for the benefit of visitors to the city who have brought their bikes with them, or hired a bike during their stay, we have covered some of the nice to know aspects of cycling in and around Christchurch.
The city now features a number of new 'shared paths' designed for cyclists, pedestrians and scooter riders that take you through some of the more appealing parts of the city.
The rules for cycling on the shared paths is that everyone keeps to the left (they are designed for traffic to flow in both directions). Look for shared zone signage in case you are in any doubt if you can cycle on a particular path.
The most notable of these is the City Promenade, which runs alongside the River Avon from Christchurch Hospital (near the Botanic Gardens) through to the Margaret Mahy Playground on Manchester Street.
This shared path is wide and paved in most places and meanders past the Wall of Remembrance for victims of the 2011 earthquakes, the newly opened Riverside Market and Bridge of Remembrance, The Terrace, the soon to be completed Convention Centre, the restored Town Hall and the black billed gull nesting colony.
From the top of the Promenade, you can then head through the Snake Run if you enjoy a change of surface, and along Manchester Street to High Street and the cluster of food and drink establishments from Smash Palace and C1Espresso, to Little High Eatery, Dux Dine, Utopia Ice and more.
You can also cycle around much if not all of Hagley Park in the central city - a beautiful ride any time of year but especially so in the Spring and Summer months when the trees and blossoms are at their best. Again, these cycle ways are shared with pedestrians, runners and increasingly, e-scooter riders.
High Street also intersects with a separated cycleway heading east along Tuam Street. For a downloadable map of the current network of separated and painted cycleways around the city, click here.
For the dynamic map of all Christchurch cycleways, which is being added to continuously, you can visit this site (and bookmark).
If you need to do any maintenance on your bike while you are in the city, or want to track down other cycling enthusiasts, check out some of the sites below:
RAD Bikes (aka Recycle a Dunger) have regular workshop days for cycle maintenance.
Action Bicycle Club (ABC) have retail gear as well as a community for cyclists in the city.
Cycling Christchurch has great information, riding ideas and so much more for anyone interested in cycling in the city.
Check out our Great Spots to Mountainbike and Cycle blog post for some great tips on more adventurous rides outside the central city.
And of course you are welcome to use our own cycle repair and storage station at the Park to store and maintain your bikes.