CAN Policies

In the past, policy development has been one of the priorities in CAN’s strategic plan.  The strategic plan is undergoing a revision (mid 2016) and the place of formal policies will be confirmed when that plan is finalised by the new CAN committee.

To find out more about the policy development process and how to have your say in CAN's policies, read on.

This area of the website contains all the information you need to get informed about and participate in the CAN policy development process.  Here you have access to the policies, to the ongoing discussions and more.

The part those policies play in assisting the achievement of these goals is elaborated in CAN’s Policy Statement.


Policy development is a stepping stone towards achieving CAN’s goals:

  • More trips by cycle
  • That cycling is perceived as a positive activity
  • Cyclists have fun and are safe while riding

How to Participate

To find out more about the policy development process, follow this link:

The policy development process This process is in need of being updated, but it still gives an idea of the formal process needed before a policy is finalised.

To participate in the discussion for policy development, you first need to have registered as a user for the CAN site, you can do this at:

Register for CAN site

Then you will be able to join the policy development group at:

Request membership of the Policy Development Team

For more information, contact Will Andrews, the CAN Chair or Graeme Lindup: 


Below is a list of policies that are currently being worked on. You can contribute in two ways:

  • Comment on any aspects of the draft policies, or
  • Make changes to the draft policies.

How it works

Opening the full version of a policy

If you are interested in any particular policy, click on its title. This will open up a page, where you then see the full length version of the policy, including any comments that have already been posted.

Add a comment

You can add a new comment by filling out the box at the bottom 'Post new comment'. Hitting the button 'Post comment', your contribution gets published.

Reply to a comment

You can also comment on another comment by 'replying' to it. Use the 'reply' link underneath the comment for that purpose.

Amend a policy

You can also edit a policy, i.e. change its text, or add to the text. You see an 'Edit' tab at the top of the page when you have a policy open. Clicking on 'Edit' will open the editor page. You can change or amend the text in the 'policy content' window. It's easy to do - have a go at it! The important bit is that you hit the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page when you are done. Without submitting it, your amendments haven't been saved.

It's hard to stuff things up, as the 'Revisions' tab lets people see your amendments. So in case something goes wrong, the revisions facility lets you or anybody else revert to an earlier version. It's a bit like 'Track changes' in Word, but it's easier to revert to earlier versions on this website.

You can use the box 'Log message' to write brief notes about what you have amended and / or why. This is useful, so that others understand the rationale behind your actions.

When do I comment - when do I amend?

If you want to raise discussion about a topic, or query the reasoning why somebody else has drafted something, consider using a comment.

If you think something can be said in a better way, don't comment on it, but amend the policy accordingly. If you would like to have additional material covered in the policy, consider amending it yourself. If you are not sure whether the additional material is really suitable, comment about it.

Don't feel shy about amending a policy where you are not the lead author. This is an online collaboration forum, and you using it accordingly (e.g. by amending draft policies) is its intended purpose. Anyone else involved in policy development can compare any version with any other version and revert to an earlier version if they wish - so all earlier work is retained.

Groups audience: 

Final Policies

Released Policy Policy Statement File attachments
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
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 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
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 Cycling Advocates' 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
18 July 2013 High-Visibility Clothing

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

PDF icon CAN_Policy_High_Visibility_Clothing_final.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.

PDF icon Financial_Assistance_Policy_Rev_A.pdf
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

Policies Under Development

Policy Policy Statement Status Priority
Cyclists on footpaths Cycling on footpaths should be legal for riders younger than 12 years and their accompanying guardians.   First Draft B - Medium
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
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
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
Social media First Draft B - Medium