Let's organise and mobilise
The change of Government means we will likely face some extra challenging headwinds. The coalition agreement signed by National and New Zealand First includes "reduce expenditure on cycleways."
That's unacceptable. As we all face serious public health, safety, climate, and transport problems, we know that cycling offers compelling benefits in these areas.
If there is in fact less going to be spent on cycleways, I am curious how else this Government intends to deliver a truly safe and inclusive active travel environment on New Zealand roads and streets. After all - greater expenditure on cycleways is needed due to the wildly unsustainable number of cars and trucks making public space so much more dangerous for everyone.
I am committed to fighting for CAN's goals:
- Promote the benefits of cycling
- Improve safety for cyclists
- Encourage the creation of a good cycling environment
- Advocate for integrated cycle planning
- Increase the number of people riding bikes for everyday journeys.
Now, more than ever, we need to organise and mobilise.
Join us at CAN's AGM on Wednesday 13 December. We'll be online at 7:30pm.
And join us in Wellington on 16 and 17 of March at our annual training, networking and riding get-together; CAN Do.
Together, we're stronger.
Alex Dyer, Chair
CAN – Cycling Action Network
How does advocacy work? Like a rock and a balloon
From Julie at The Workshop: "I've had many conversations about how to respond to change. I've noticed that there is a shared feeling of both fatigue, as well as uncertainty of what to do next, from people who are working towards a world that better cares for people and our planet. I feel this too sometimes.
Welcome to CAN Do, CAN's annual get-together. The weekend includes workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink, and a chance to catch up with advocates from around New Zealand.
You will supercharge your advocacy skills, with training on effective messaging, networking, and campaigning. The critical component is networking and making connections with other like minded people from across the motu. This is an excellent opportunity to share stories, learn and become a better advocate.
People Power: the path to low carbon transport
While we’ve seen great change through our recreational routes, our attention must now turn to transforming our urban centres to provide better transport options, so that everyone, even kids, can get around in climate-friendly ways.
Active transport has a central role to play in meeting society’s health, wellbeing and climate change mitigation objectives. We will showcase strategies and innovative projects that are helping to achieve these goals.
18-19 March 2024 in Wellington. Registrations are open, with a discounted rate for advocates if you register by 12 January.
CAN calls for climate action at COP28
CAN joined hundreds of NGOs to call on the UNFCCC, governments and negotiators of the COP28 climate conference to give more priority and investment in walking and cycling to significantly accelerate progress on climate goals and improve people’s lives.
Enabling more people to walk and cycle safely is crucial to decarbonising transport and achieving the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The potential for replacing motorised vehicle trips with walking and cycling is huge and within our grasp.
Whānau getting the wheels turning for climate action
“I’m quite normal. I’m not super fit, I’m not hardcore. I just have a regular bike and it’s not worth much! I do it because it feels faster, it’s cleaner and we are passionate about climate change," says Prue Isaacs.
“We just try to do our bit. It’s about switching it up and doing what you can do.”
From Wellington City Council. This is a good example of using story telling to normalise riding a bike.
Help CAN achieve more
Do you want attractive and safe cycleways? Don’t you hate it when people pass you too close or cut you off? Are you shocked that only 2 percent of our kids bike to school?
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