CAN's Board

CAN is a network of people who love riding bikes. We are governed by a Board. We have employees based in Auckland and Wellington.

Board members in 2023

  • Alex Dyer is CAN's Chair.
    He lives in Wellington with his wife and three kids. While he is not a cyclist, he does mostly get around the city using a yellow Bullitt bakfiets cargobike and really enjoys riding for recreation when time allows.
    Alex is a current Co-Chair of Cycle Wellington, where he has been an active member for around 15 years. He is passionate about the potential for more and better biking conditions to reduce car dependency in Aotearoa.
    On Fridays in Wellington, you can join Alex at most Picnics In Parks, which he helps facilitate.
    Alex Dyer
  • Christopher Dempsey is the Secretary. He lives in Auckland. A long time cyclist, member of Bike Auckland (previously Cycle Action Auckland). Christopher supports Liberating the Lane, and regularly supports different cycling events. He sometimes works for Bike Auckland as a Bike Valet. He founded and supports Rainbow Riders Tamaki Makaurau, a collective of GLBTIQ cyclists and micro mobility people. 


  • Stephen Wood is CAN Treasurer.

    Stephen was based in Central Otago for many years and helped CAN in many roles, serving on CAN's committee, helping with CAN's magazine, and with communications and CAN's website. He is now based in Christchurch, where he lived a long time ago as a university student. He loves it because so much day-to-day travel can be by cycling. When he gets the opportunity he's keen to get out for recreational rides and some longer cycle touring trips. He is an active member of Spokes Canterbury.
  • Robert McLachlan - Regional Member, based in Palmerston North (more to come)
  • John Lieswyn - Regional Member
    John is a former US national road cycling champion and bicycle store owner. He now co-owns a transportation planning and design company focused on safe streets for people of all ages and abilities. Since 2016, John has curated the NZ Travel Planners website, collating resources for school and workplace travel planning. He is the vice chair of the Engineering NZ Transportation Group. On the advocacy side, he has participated in CAN and local chapters in Palmerston North and Christchurch since moving to NZ in 2005. He occasionally volunteers as a bicycle mechanic for Inner City East Cycles and is getting into RAD (Recyle a Dunger). John is often seen riding a bright orange cargo bike with his Doberman as co-pilot.