Interfaith memorial bike ride brings Christchurch together

Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets of Christchurch visiting religious sites in a memorial ride for the mosque attack victims.

Organised by a survivor in a bid to bridge the religious divide, it's a message of unity he hopes will spread across the world.

Wheels of all shapes and sizes came together to ride the peace train: 250 people pedaling a 10km journey across seven different religious sites in the city.

"We can't expect peace to be coming down from the heaven as rain, we have to work for it," terror attack survivor Farid Ahmed said.

"It's an eye-opener for us that we should not keep quiet and think it's a one-off," said fellow survivor and organiser Mazharuddin Syedahmed.

"We have to keep spreading the message of love and kindness, so we thought 'let's do an interfaith bike ride'."   

It started at the Al Noor mosque, then on to the next. Temples, cathedrals, churches and a synagogue were all included in the ride.

"I have just been into the mosque, this is my first time and there were ladies praying and it was so peaceful," one woman said.

Religions standing together is something Baptist pastor Tony McCahon never thought would happen.

"When this [mosque] was built, I prayed against it. I look back IN horror at that. I've certainly changed a lot since then and now welcome the expression of different religions."

"Since the tragedy I've been a wee bit overwhelmed by my ignorance," another rider said.

An act of terror is being used to bridge the gaps between faiths, Syedahmed said.

"Those 50 brought the whole New Zealand together. We lost 50 but found 5 million New Zealanders."