Bike Riding For The Blind And Visually Impaired In Mexico City

In a very interesting initiative that began last January, a group of three non governmental organizations from Mexico City are organizing bike rides for the blind and visually impaired. The rides are guided by volunteers on tandem bikes, and are offered on Sunday mornings, when a few streets in the historical center of the city are closed for pedestrians and human powered vehicles. What does this do for these people? More than you would think.

Creative Challenge Calls on Contestants to Change the Way Urban Dwellers Ride

When challenged to come up with a way to inspire more people to bike for transportation in addition to recreation, three three "former non-bikers" from New York City proposed a campaign to focus on mutual respect between drivers and bikers. The team, calling itself "!ola," was one of four competitors in a contest sponsored by Yoxi, a new site dedicated to social innovation. In its debut competition, Yoxi (pronounced yo-see) posed this question:

How to increase bicycle use: key policies identified

Researchers have identified policies in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands that have made cycling safe, convenient and mainstream in these countries. Coordinated transport, educational and land use measures have increased the popularity of this sustainable mode of transport over recent decades.

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Model Community info now on the NZTA website

Hi all,

Just letting you all know that we now have information on Model Communities on our Website.

You can access the info at either of the two links below;

Walking & Cycling

Model Communities

It should provide you with a good overview of Model Communities but if you have any further queries don’t hesitate in touching base.

Gerry Dance

German Autobahn Closed for Gigantic Party - 1 Million Cyclists Celebrate

From Manhattan's Summer Streets to Bogota's Ciclovia, TreeHugger is a big fan of reclaiming asphalt in favor of human interaction. But I'm not sure we've ever seen anything on this scale. A town in Germany recently shut down an entire section of Autobahn—that's right, the famous German highways with no speed limit—in order to hold a gigantic party for upwards of 3 million people! But what was it all for?

Transport Agency fund accelerates Hastings cycleway plan

More than $5 million is to be spent on four paths linking Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North and Clive.

Hastings is to receive funding under the New Zealand Transport Agency's walking and cycling model communities plan, which aims to encourage councils to integrate walking and cycling in transport planning.

From 22 council expressions of interest, Hastings and New Plymouth have received nearly $4 million each to complete their winning plans.

NZTA central regional director Jenny Chetwynd said urban centres across New Zealand would be encouraged to follow suit.