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Ara provides free bikes for students and staff

Abbey Wakefield

Ara Insititute of Canterbury is encouraging students and staff to commute sustainably with its new bike share scheme.

Residents at Ara's student accommodation, Otautahi House, will soon be receiving three new bikes to use for free as an eco-friendly way of transport.

The bikes come with a helmet, basket and bike lock. A mudguard and chain guard have also been installed so students can drive on wet roads, without getting their clothes dirty.

Ara strives to develop sustainable transport initiatives by also providing a bike share hub for students and staff to use around campus.

Residential assistant Daniel Brown said the initiative would encourage students to bring their own bikes in and decrease the number of cars being used.

Otautahi House resident Hamish Mckechnie said he was catching Ubers "all the time".

Biking to places within a reasonable distance would be "so much better", he said.

The new bikes will be introduced to Otautahi House next month.