CAN is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment.
CAN aims to:
- Promote the benefits of cycling
- Improve safety for cyclists.
- Encourage the creation of a good cycling environment.
- Promote cycle tourism.
- Advocate for integrated cycle planning.
- Increase the number of cyclists on our roads
The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) was formed in 1997 as New Zealand's national network of cycling advocate groups. It is a voice for everyday cyclists - recreational, commuter and touring. CAN works with government, local authorities and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment.
You can read about CAN's achievements here.
CAN has affiliated groups and individual members throughout the country, and links with overseas cycling organisations. In addition, many national, regional and local government authorities, transportation consultancies, and cycle industry businesses are supporting organisations. CAN's membership currently exceeds 5,000.
CAN works closely with the national advocacy organisation for pedestrians, Living Streets Aotearoa, and has strong links with organisations in the health, sport & recreation, transport, tourism and environmental sectors. CAN also works with BikeNZ (largely responsible for competitive and recreational cycling in NZ) and its constituent organisations for track/road/MTB/BMX cycling, BIANZ the cycle industry association, and the Bike Wise programme.
Websites of many of CAN's local groups and forums are hosted on this site, along with several special interest groups, including (you need to be a member of most of these groups for the links to work):
- CAN Forum (discussion group for active members)
CAN is a member of:
- Environment & Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO)
- Obesity Action Coalition
- Association of Non-Government Organisations of Aotearoa
- Health Promotion Forum
- Healthy Cities
- Safe & Sustainable Transport Association (SASTA)
CAN has formed an informal Health & Active Modes Working Group with Living Streets Aotearoa, Obesity Action Coalition, Cancer Society and the Heart Foundation.
CAN is a signatory to the NZ Urban Design Protocol.
CAN is administered by a voluntary Committee. It has employees based in Wellington. A lot of work is also undertaken by volunteers via a series of Portfolio Groups.
CAN is an incorporated society (registration number 1139912) and a registered charity (registration number CC36909). CAN's GST number is 84-974-196. We are governed by a set of Rules (Constitution).