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, 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]. Register here, or 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. 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.

Jill Ford Campaigning to win
There are strong political tailwinds for cycling, but some Councils are struggling to deliver. In this
interactive presentation led by experienced campaigner Jill Ford, we'll give you the tools to engage your members, bring about change, raise your profile and increase your supporter base. Jill led CAN's Safer Streets for Cycling campaign this year, generating 12,000 signatures.

Dr Glen Koorey  
Making safer speeds happen

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 you some advice on this very topical issue and ways to get started.

Reports from CAN local groups
CAN campaign updates

Note the national cycling conference, To Walk and Cycle, is 30 July - 1 August, also in Palmerston North. There are early-bird discount rates for cycling advocates if you register by 15 June.