2 Walk and Cycle Conference 2012, Hastings

2 Walk and Cycle Conference, 22-24 Feb 2012
The first ever joint NZ Walking and Cycling conference was held in Feb 2012 in Hastings, with nearly 200 delegates attending. Over 70 speakers presented - Presentations are now available to view.


2 Walk and Cycle Conference - 22 to 24 February 2012

From 22 to 24 February 2012 the first ever 2 Walk and Cycle Conference will be held in Hastings at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in the Opera House Theatre.

Whilst planning the next NZ Cycling Conference the organising committee agreed it was time to consider holding a joint walking and cycling conference. This would replace the biennial cycling conference earmarked for late 2011.

Discussions were held with Living Streets Aotearoa (organisers of the NZ Walking Conference series) and agreement was reached on this concept. Representatives from Living Streets Aotearoa and CAN are involved with the conference organising committee to help plan the event.

Visit the website to register - www.2walkandcycle.org.nz


Conference Theme and Abstracts

Sorry - Abstracts closed on SEPTEMBER 14TH. A draft programme is now available on the Conference website.

The conference theme is "Creating Smarter Connections", and we will be particularly addressing the following topics:

  • Benefits (economic, health, etc) of providing for and encouraging walking and cycling
  • Integration of walking and cycling with public transport and other travel modes
  • Progress and success stories from Model Walking/Cycling Communities and similar initiatives
  • Commonalities/Conflicts between walking and cycling for planning/policy/design purposes
  • Initiatives that address safety of walking/cycling
  • Measures to encourage and enhance school walking and cycling travel
  • Signage and directional/way-finding guidance for walking/cycling routes and areas


With Rod Stewart playing in Hawkes Bay on Saturday 25 Feb, most accommodation is booked out on Fri 24 and Sat 25th.
But there's availability on 21-22-23rd e.g Apple Motor Inn, 409 Railway Road, Hastings 4122, tel 06-878 6149 or 0800 277 53. It is 400 m from the conference venue.

Registration Assistance for CAN members
(closed on 23 December)

The advocate rate for the 2Walk&Cycle Conference is $300 incl GST for the main conference (from Wed afternoon to end of Friday. Attendance at the additional workshops prior to this (Wed am/pm) is another $50. This compares with the normal early-bird rates (by 23 Dec) of $500+$100 incl GST ($600+$120 after that).

Note that there is no advocate rate after 23 Dec; we aim to get all advocates registered before Xmas.

We have budgeted up to 30 advocate positions. This is based on having one person per local walking or cycling group or area (and initially at least we won't allow multiple registrations from the same group/area until we see how many other applications come in). But otherwise it is essentially first in, first served.

Ideally this should be used for genuine cases where no other organisation (i.e. their dayjob) is likely to pay for attendance.

Interested advocacy conf registrations from either CAN or LSA local members should send a request to Alex requesting the advocate rate, confirming their involvement in a relevant local group, and also confirming that they are not attending in a professional capacity. Ideally locals should be agreeing within their groups as to who they wish to support using the advocate rate.

Post-conference ride

Map: head south on Middle Rd to Waipawa, then backroads and Route 52 to Masterton. 260 km , 2 1/2 days' riding.
Contact Patrick.
Friday 58 km. Because of Rod Stewart concert, Hawkes Bay accommodation is rare on Friday, so we plan to start riding that afternoon, heading along Middle Rd to a B&B at Waipukurau: Straw Homestay.
Saturday 107 km. Saturday night will be near Pongaroa, at Glenross. Alternatives: Pongaroa has cheap camping at the Rugby Pavilion (flat ground + toilet), or the Otapawa Station shearers' quarters a few km south of Pongaroa are also good.
Sunday 91 km. Ride to Masterton and jump on the 4:50pm train to Wellington.
Ride is on quiet sealed country roads.

Have received enquiries from Alastair, Patrick, Lynn, Simon, John and Meg, Marilyn, Claire, Brian, Willemijn

A shorter alternative post-conference ride could be the new Hawkes Bay trails.