2009 CAN Do: November 14 - 15, New Plymouth
This year's CAN Do, CAN's annual members' get-together, will be held in New Plymouth on Saturday and Sunday 14 - 15 November.
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CAN Do 2009
Sat-Sun, 14-15 November, New Plymouth.
Registrations are now closed.
This year's CAN Do, CAN's annual members' get-together, is being held in New Plymouth on Saturday and Sunday 14 - 15 November. The weekend includes CAN's AGM, workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink, and a chance to catch up with fellow "CANners" from around New Zealand.
As usual, CAN provides financial assistance to help ensure all local groups can be represented at the CAN Do.
Location - Bellringer Pavilion, Pukekura Park (map attached as PDF below)
Google map of venues and accommodation
SATURDAY 14 November
Registration and breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
Session 1: Where to for CAN? - Glen and CAN Exec
A) Phillip Darnton, Chair of Cycling UK will join us to discuss
- trends in campaigning
Local Group Discussions: Cycle Action Auckland, Cycle Action Waiheke, Bike! Whangarei
Session 3: Tips for advocates on staying sane and happy! Led by Bevan Woodward
Lunch and Ride
Local Group Discussions: Spokes Canterbury, Squeaky Wheel, Central Otago
Session 4: Speed Reduction - How to make it happen in NZ. Led by Bevan Woodward
Local Group Discussions: North Taranaki Cycling Advocates, Cycle Aware Manawatu, Cycle Aware Hawkes Bay
|Wrap up and look forward to Sunday|
Nibbles and drinks at the Fernery, Pukekura Park
Shoestring Backpackers VEER film screening ($2 gold coin to help with film costs) . Pizza.
SUNDAY 15 November
Recap and Overview
Local Group Discussions: Cycle Aware Wellington, Kapiti Cycling, OCEAN
Session 5: Where to With CAN? Part 2 Led by Glen and CAN Exec
CAN Exec Meeting (includes their morning tea)
Local Group Discussions: Cycle Action Waikato, Bike Taupo, Rotorua Cycle Action, Bicycle Nelson Bays
Session 6: Sound Bites 1: Resources to Support Advocacy (Ringmaster: Patrick)
Session 7: Sound Bites 2: Resources to Support Advocacy
Afternoon tea (portable for those that need to leave) and clean up
Wednesday 11 November
ViaStrada Advanced Planning & Design for Cycling Module 4
CAN members interested in attending this advanced technical course contact patrick [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz
Thursday 12 and Friday 13 November
New Zealand Cycling Conference
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
Thursday 12 November , 5.00pm
CAN Cycle Friendly Awards
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth
Friday 13 November , 5.15pm
Spooks and Spokes
North Taranaki Cycling Advocates host a Friday 13th Ride
Meet at the Landing, on the waterfront opposite Te Puke Ariki, near the Wind Wand
Friday 13 November , 7.30pm: Optional group dinner for CAN Do-ers at own cost - CAN BBQ at Surfriders Club, Fitzroy Beach
CAN Do Accommodation
If you are coming to the CAN Do and/or the NZ Cycling Conference, you need to arrange and pay for your own accommodation. New Plymouth has a great range of accommodation.
Our top choice is the Shoestring Backpackers Lodge and adjacent Cottage Mews Units in Lemon St. Book accommodation promptly to avoid missing out! If requesting dorm accommodation, you might like to say you are with the CAN crew and ask for a dorm with other CAN Doers.
Shoestring Backpackers & Cottage Mews
Backpacker Lodge in old house, with shared facilities, & adjacent motel type units, self contained
Backpacker Lodge: $30pp
Double or Twin: $70/room
Attractive & homely
Abode on Rimu Bed and Breakfast
Bed and breakfast style accommodation close to the Te Henui Walkway
Two rooms each with Queen sized bed. Private, sunny lounge includes a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities plus a TV and radio
$110 Double (Two Adults) per night.
2 bikes available. Great views and the Coastal Pathway is not far away.
Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park
Holiday Park on waterfront at Fitzroy with range of accommodation units and camping sites
Chalets $105 + $20pp extra
Beautiful beach location right on waterfront at Fitzroy, with beach access
Belt Road Seaside Holiday Park
Holiday Park in cliff top location with
self contained motel units, cabins, and camping sites
Motel Units, Cabins, and Camping sites -
Motel Studios $105 for 2-4 people
Cliff top location at southern end of Coastal Walkway near Port
Egmont Eco Leisure Park
Holiday park in secluded valley location
a variety of Units and Dorms sleeping
Units sleeping 2-6 people
Peaceful valley location, 15 minute bike ride or 30 minute walk from town
Accommodation on Bell
Single and twin units, self contained, in large modern student accommodation block
Single and twin units, self contained,
from $60-$70 per room per night
Part of the WITT Campus, with student and other long term acommodation on campus.
Motels - there are many motels to choose from. Some advertise loan or hire bicycles for guests, including: BellaVista Motel http://www.staybellavista.co.nz/bella-vista/new-plymouth-motel/
The Fitzroy Beach Motel http://www.fitzroybeachmotel.co.nz/
The New Plymouth District Council Information Centre can help with further choices, including motels and hotels http://www.newplymouthnz.com/VisitingNewPlymouth/Accommodation/
Travel to New Plymouth
Book own travel. CAN 50% travel cost refund may be available – refer following notes for further information. Guide to travel options, times, and travel planning.
CAN Do attendees who are financial members of CAN are eligible for a refund of 50% of travel costs to get to and from CAN Do (subject to some conditions). Applications should be made separately to the CAN Networking Project Manager (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Bring your travel expense receipts. Note:
Travel must be booked by 5pm Friday 30 October.
Air travel must be a discounted air fare. Full price air tickets are not eligible for refunds.
Please book early as discount seats on flights into and out of New Plymouth are very limited.
Contact CAN Project Manager Patrick [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz (Patrick [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz) for further information on travel refunds.
Most of us will be travelling long distances to get to New Plymouth. If you can't use your bike to get all the way, we know you will take care to plan your journey to maximise public transport or car-pooling and minimise air travel. Some information for planning your travel:
Intercity and Naked Bus have buses direct to New Plymouth (Note that services out of New Plymouth on Sunday may be limited)
http://www.intercity.co.nz/ ($10 per bike, subject to room available)
There are no passenger rail services direct to New Plymouth.
Car pool with your fellow group members! If you have long distances to drive, share the driving. As a guide, some driving times are:
Auckland 357km 5hrs
Wellington 355km 5hrs
Hamilton 231km 3hrs 20
Rotorua 299km 4hrs 15
Taupo 296km 4hrs 15
Tauranga 308km 4hrs 25
Palmerston North 234km 3hrs 20
Napier 412km 5hrs 55
Christchurch – Wellington 428km 7hrs 50
If you choose to fly, book early. Air New Zealand is the only airline flying to New Plymouth. Discounted seats are limited (a reminder that the CAN travel refund applies only to the discount fare costs – see above).
Note also that there are only limited flights leaving NP on the afternoon of Sunday 15th: NP – Wellington (& Christchurch) depart 5.45pm
NP - Auckland: depart 4.55pm and 6.20pm
Air New Zealand passengers can contribute a donation towards their Carbon Offset Programme, with all contributions going directly to purchase Trust Power wind farm credits, or you can make a donation to the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, which supports environmental and conservation projects. If booking online, tick the box for an automatic donation http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/aboutus/environment/default.htm
Or you may like to support Hinewai Reserve (managed by a CAN members) who are currently applying for registration for the Government's “Permanent Forest Sink Initiative”. Contact Hugh by phone (03) 304 8501 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (03) 304 8501 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or mail Hinewai Reserve, Manager, Long Bay Road, RD3, Akaroa.
Air New Zealand charges a fee of $15 to carry bicycles as a second piece of baggage, subject to availability of space on the flight. Refer http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/before-you-fly/baggage/default.htm
TRAVEL IN NEW PLYMOUTH
Bring your bike. New Plymouth is a wonderful city to explore on a bicycle, with a spectacular Foreshore Coastal Pathway which last year won the Cycle Friendly Award for Best Cycle Facility Project. The North Taranaki Cycling Advocates Group is planning a Friday 13th Spooks Ride.And of course a bike is the best way to get from the venue to accommodation and into town.
CAN Doers need to make their own arrangements for hiring a bicycle if needed. (There will be organised bike hire for Conference participants, but we are not able to extend these arrangements over the weekend)
Bikes will be available to rent from local bicycle shops and suppliers, and NTCA may be able to help also.
As above, if you choose motel accommodation, ask if they supply free bikes to guests.
If you would like to hire a bike, contact Nathaniel Benefield of NTCA for more information: benefieldn [at] npdc [dot] govt [dot] nzbenefieldn [at] npdc [dot] govt [dot] nz ( )
Bring a helmet and lock, and lights if you plan to ride after dark.
Breakfasts, lunches, morning & afternoon teas, on Saturday and Sunday included.
BBQ dinner on Saturday night: food supplied, prepped and cooked by CAN Doers.