CAN Do 2018: Cycling Action Network's annual member advocacy workshop

Palmerston North, 29 July 2018

The CAN Do is our annual workshop that brings together cycling advocates from around New Zealand. CAN Do will supercharge your advocacy for safer streets and for more kids on bikes.

The CAN Do includes strategic planning, inspiring presentations, and campaigning skills training. It showcases local group achievements and activities. CAN Do is rounded off with a fun ride, great food and drink.

Sport Manawatu, 47 Queen St, Palmerston North

Sunday 29 July 2018, from 9:30am - 4pm.
We'll also go for a ride on Saturday afternoon (meet at Sport Manawatu, 47 Queen St at 2pm), then gather for a meal.
The national cycling and walking conference is 30 July to 1 August, at the PN Conference & Function Centre, 354 Main St.

Who? We expect 30-50 people. Registration is $40 for CAN members, $50 for non-members. [Join CAN here]. Email


More kids on bikes is a priority for CAN. We'll review what works and plan our campaigns.

Guest speakers include

Jo Clendon, Bikes Welcome Getting Businesses On Board.

Jill Ford Campaigning to win - presentation attached below

Dr Glen Koorey  Making safer speeds happen - presentation notes attached as PDF below

Kellie Ellis Pearson, CCASM, Goal - get more kids walking and biking to school through organised walking buses and cycling trains.

Note the national cycling conference, To Walk and Cycle, is 30 July - 1 August, also in Palmerston North.

Start time



9.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee


10.00 am

Welcome and housekeeping

Patrick Morgan, CAN
Brent Barrett, Palmerston North City Councillor

10.15 am

Getting Businesses On Board
Do customers ride bikes? Do Businesses care? Why would cycle advocates care whether they care?
Despite some evidence from overseas, NZ businesses are keen to hold onto the idea that parking is essential to their business.
Until we can get businesses onboard and supportive of biking we will continue to struggle to get support for cycle lanes and bike parking.
In this hands-on workshop we will quickly review the evidence and then roll up our sleeves and identify ways we can get businesses on board and supporting biking in our towns and cities.


Jo Clendon,
Bikes Welcome


11.15 am

Converting an issue into a campaign – to activate your core supporters and engage a wider audience

If you want to bring about change its important to engage with not just your hard core supporters but also the wider audience.

The CAN survey in February, and Safe Streets for Cycling campaign were important stages on the journey to change attitudes around cycling. Let's make NZ a less congested, more sustainable country, where cycling and walking are safer and given higher priority than use of private vehicles.

Jill will discuss how this was done on a miniscule budget, what was achieved, then open the workshop to discussion on what we need to do next and how the lessons can be used at local level.

Jill Ford

12.15 pm  

Local group updates

Spokes Canterbury, Glen and Don - presentation notes attached as PDF below
Kapiti, Lynn and Bruce

12.30 pm

Lunch, included in your registration


1.30 pm


Group photo

Claire Sherrington

1.50 pm

Making safer speeds happen -  presentation notes attached as PDF below
How do we get lower urban and rural speed limits happening, under the new Speed Management Guidelines? How do we tackle the usual concerns raised by public and politicians about lowering speeds? Glen Koorey will give us some advice on this very topical issue and ways to get started.

Dr Glen Koorey, ViaStrada Ltd


2.30 pm

CAN and Local group updates
Give Me Room, a campaign for a Safe Passing Rule


Gavin Scoble, Hawkes Bay

3.00 pm

Safe Ways to School
 A project to get more kids to school under their own steam.
Learn about Cambridge and Hamilton projects where school communities identified barriers, desire to change behaviour and what infrastructure improvements could be considered to encourage kids to safely walk and cycle to school. Maps show hotspots, near misses and accidents alongside actual NZTA DSI data for cyclists/pedestrians.

Kellie Pearson
and Aidan Boswell


3.15 pm



4.00 pm

Wrap up

Patrick, Claire