Spotlight on Cycling - Spring 2011

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At CAN we're united by our love of cycling and all the benefits it brings: to our health, wallets, wellbeing, family and friends, community, and our environment. CAN is committed to a broad vision:

To promote the benefits of everyday cycling: cost savings, better health, less congestion, cleaner air, reduced reliance on imported fuel, and a better quality of life.

More than ever, the tight economic environment opens the door to develop affordable, sustainable, and healthy transport opportunities throughout New Zealand, but requires the will of the people. As an apolitical organisation, CAN is the credible and authoritative voice for the everyday cyclist.

Donate Button CAN is able achieve much more with your financial support, whether you'd like to become a regular donor, or give a one-off donation.

Thank you to those members and supporters who already donate regularly or have made one-off donations - your support is appreciated!

CAN is a registered charity, so donations made to CAN are tax deductible. If your employer offers payroll giving, a new initiative from IRD, you can donate to CAN straight from your pay and receive a tax credit. Please contact your employer about payroll giving.

Since the introduction of payroll giving, over $2.6 million has been donated directly from peoples' pay to their favourite charity.

In April 2011 alone over 2,300 employees donated almost $256,000. Because the donations were made through payroll giving, these employees received immediate tax credits totalling more than $85,000. They did not need to wait until the end of the year to make a claim.

Government Policy Statement (GPS)

· Cash-strapped councils cutting cycling projects as these are seen as ‘nice to have'

· Transport funding is poured into seven big road projects, starving local councils

The GPS on transport substituted Roads of National Significance (RoNS) for many sustainable transport and road safety programmes, including cycling. A draft GPS for 2012-22 has been released for consultation and CAN has submitted on it. The final version, now released, proposes that over the next 10 years, 51 cents of every transport dollar will go to new road construction (mostly RoNS), with worryingly less for road maintenance and safety, public transport, walking, cycling and travel demand management (TDM).

At most, only one cent in the transport dollar will go to walking/cycling and TDM, the most cost-effective investments possible.  Your donation will help CAN campaign for fairer funding for cycling projects.

2011 Vote Bike campaign

As the elections approach we need to make sure all parties have cycling-friendly policies. We want to run a Vote Bike campaign but currently lack the resources to do so.

The Coroner's Inquest

Lessons from cycling crashes need to be learned for our safety to be improved

Cyclist killed Hamilton 2011: Cyclist killed Hamilton 2011The Coroner's inquest into recent cycling deaths is a key issue for CAN.   The inquest will examine whether there were any patterns in relation to the deaths and if law changes are needed. The Coroner held hearings in Palmerston North and Hamilton, with further hearings scheduled for Wellington, Auckland and the South Island. CAN and its local groups have made representations at the hearings to date. CAN believes the inquest needs to go wider than the eight recent deaths - we need to look further back and include near misses. CAN believes strongly in the need to counter a climate of fear around cycling.

Currently at CAN

CAN is working with Bike NZ in conjunction with NZTA to deliver cycle skills training, Road User Workshops (bus and truck) and targeted Share the Road messages in the NZTA Safer Cycling Project. We work hard to advocate for cycling but there is much to do. Recent successes include new cycleways in Auckland, Wellington City Council doubling its cycling budget, and a higher media profile for CAN.

CAN's regular work includes advising and supporting local groups, as well as submissions and meetings with a range of government agencies. CAN has also undertaken its own investigations and analysis of the cycling deaths for the Coroner.

Why Stop at Red?Stop at Red

If we want to get respect, we have to give respect. Stop at Red is a campaign to reduce crashes and inprove the status of cycling.

CAN Media responses Media Releases

Health Ministry cuts cycle programme funding


Newstalk ZB Interview with CAN Project Manager, Patrick Morgan, 17 May 2011


Our objective is to see more people cycling more often. We know you enjoy the ride: let's keep cycling in the spotlight.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Lindup, CAN Chair

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