CAN Policies


CAN's policies and draft policies.  

CAN members can comment on and/or make changes to the draft policies. For more information on any of our policies, please contact the CAN chair.

To participate in CAN's policy development, you need to be a CAN member and then register to be a user on this website at Register for CAN site.

In the past, policy development has been one of the priorities in CAN’s strategic plan. The current Board will undertake a fresh look at this feature in 2024. 

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Final Policies

Released Policy Policy Statement File attachments
9 February 2015 Electric Assist Bicycles (eBikes) Policy


Electric assist bicycles (eBikes, Electric Bikes, or Pedelecs) are becoming popular and have potential to increase the number of people cycling. This fulfils CAN's aim of "more people on bikes, more often". However, there are potential issues with the use of eBikes that this policy addresses. The policy recommends Codes of Practice for eBike suppliers and eBike users.

PDF icon EBike_Policy.pdf
8 September 2014 Financial Assistance Policy

This Policy sets out the principles and procedures for CAN members or local groups applying for financial assistance from CAN.

It is related to the General Financial Policies, to be found here-

PDF icon Financial_Assistance_Policy_Rev_A.pdf
18 July 2013 High-Visibility Clothing

CAN encourages people to wear high-visibility clothing where appropriate when cycling, especially in low-visibility or busy road environments and believes that it may contribute to improved cycle safety, although the research is inconclusive.  However, CAN is opposed to mandatory requirements for high-visibility clothing.

PDF icon CAN_Policy_High_Visibility_Clothing_2016.pdf
12 April 2010 Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the Cycling Action Network (CAN), we declare that all donors have these rights.

PDF icon CAN Donor Bill of Rights Final.pdf
12 April 2010 Donations Policy

Cycling Advocates' Network is pleased to accept monetary or non-monetary gifts from a donor or sponsor for general funds, member groups, specific campaigns, projects or activities for Cycling Advocates' Network.

PDF icon CAN Donations Policy Final.pdf
7 November 2008 Health and Fitness

CAN believes that cycling should be actively encouraged by both the health and transport sectors to play a key role in New Zealand's health promotion system as well as being a sustainable means of transport that has environmental advantages.

PDF icon CAN_Policy_health_and_fitness_R1.pdf
15 May 2008 Compulsory Third Party Insurance for Motorists

Introduce a compulsory insurance for property damage from road crashes for motorists.

Restructure the ACC motor vehicle account funding so that the annual flat levy is replaced by a levy based on driver characteristics (e.g. age and driving record).

PDF icon Compulsory_Third_Party_Insurance.pdf
7 May 2008 Fuel Tax Policy

CAN recommends a revenue neutral programme of increasing petrol excise tax, introducing diesel excise tax, reducing both company and income taxes to encourage more sustainable travel for people and goods.


PDF icon Graph_International_2008-06.pdf, PDF icon Fuel_Tax_Policies.pdf

Policies Under Development

Policy Policy Statement Status Priority
People cycling on footpaths . People should be able to ride bikes carefully on footpaths as long as they meet speed, device width and behaviour requirements.   Provisional Policy B - Medium
Cycling Conference funds  CAN holds the NZ Cycling Conference funds in trust for future Conferences and will work to ensure the continuation of the Cycling Conference series (or combined Walking and Cycling Conference series). CAN has technical control over the funds and will act as the legal entity for contracts relating to each Conference but will be guided by the current Conference Organising Committee in the use of those funds. At least two members of each Conference Organising Committee will be appointed by CAN.  First Draft A - High
Speed Limits for Urban Areas Urban streets should have lower speed limits and operating speeds than currently with more use made of 30 km/h and 40 km/h speed limits. Provisional Policy A - High
Health and Wellbeing Through Cycling All sectors of local and central government, private sector organisations and community groups should encourage, promote and provide for cycling because of its contribution to enhanced health and wellbeing. Second Draft B - Medium