CAN Do 2017: Cycling Action Network's annual member advocacy workshop

Location: Wellington
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 March 2017

Theme: BikeCentennial - celebrating 200 years of fun, freedom and adventure

Photographs of CAN Do 2017


Register online here.


  • Members:
    • Early bird $80. after 7 March $100 
    • Day $60 (not including Saturday Evening dinner)
  • Non-Members: $140 whole weekend, $80 day (consider joining CAN to save)

If cost is a barrier, CAN has some limited funds to help local groups send advocates.

Mezzanine Meeting Room, Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street

As well as being central, the venue has generous bike parking. Wellington yarnbombers are already decorating the stands.


The final programme and Powerpoint presentations from sessions are published at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone who made the CAN Do 2017 a success. The annual workshop was well attended by about 50 delegates from Warkworth to Timaru. We celebrated 200 years of bicycles and CAN's 20th birthday, and elected a new Board with Executive Team to take us positively into the future. The weekend also provided many opportunities for delegates to swap ideas, news and tips with like-minded people from around the country. 

The programme included:

  • An informal dinner on Friday night, with a showing of Century of Cycling, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision's compilation of historic cycling film.
  • Updates on progress from Wellington and 7 other CAN member groups around the country
  • Wellington City Mayoral welcome
  • Wellington city and regional councillors presenting progress and challenges in Wellington
  • NZTA overview of upcoming planning rounds for cycling
  • Election year: update of (and tips for) presenting our priorities to political parties
  • Skills unconference for bike advocates to share skills and issues
  • Cycle tourism: how has the NZ Cycle Trail / Nga Haerenga helped tourism and business?
  • Perspective of a cycle tour operator in the Wairarapa
  • Tour Aotearoa - epic journey - show and tell from Jonathan Kennett
  • NZTA recent regulations and regulations under development affecting cyclists
  • Getting more kids on bikes - panelists and group brainstorm
  • NZTA: national skills training framework under development
  • CAN's Share the Road project and a truck blindzone workshop supported by a Fulton Hogan truck
  • New initiatives from members: including Movement, Bikes Welcome and ReBicycle
  • Tours of Wellington bike routes, including:

Not to mention the epic post-CAN Do Tour - see below.

CAN's AGM - agenda. Minutes will be available. 


YHA Wellington, Courtenay Place
Halswell Lodge, Kent Tce
Warm Showers hospitality network for touring cyclists
If you can offer a billet, contact Patrick.
If you want a billet, contact Patrick.

Bike Hire
Switched-On Bikes, Queens Wharf, e-bikes and standard
Avanti Plus, Vivian St

Bicycle Junction, Newtown
List of bike shops

Getting Around
Online Journey Planner
Wellington Combined Taxi tel 04 384 4444

CBD free wifi (Limits apply)

CAN DO Tour - Photos here

Monday 27 March
8:21am Train from Wellington to Carterton
Ride to Carters Reserve, Gladstone vineyard or pub, and on to Martinborough, 47 km
Wine tastings
Visit Green Jersey Cycle Tours
Shuttle to accommodation at Magnificat Community, Cross Creek.

Tuesday 28 March
Rimutaka Trail to Upper Hutt, 3-5 hours
Hutt River Trail, or train to Wellington. 1-2 hours
Or ride around the south coast to Eastbourne.

Other events
CAN DO coincides with Cuba Dupa street festival. Check it out between sessions.

CAN Do 2017 is brought to you with the generous support of Wellington City Council and Fulton Hogan. 

WCC logoFulton Hogan Logo


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