News

23
Jul

Lessons from Planning the Cycling City summer school in the Netherlands
By Patrick Morgan, CAN Project Manager

This month I attended Planning the Cycling City summer school in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam. Lucky me. Along with 30 students from 20 countries, we examined cycling through social sciences lenses. We applied lessons from planning, economics, modelling, history, marketing, epistemology, and anthropology. We rode 10,000 km over the three weeks.

What did I learn?

Dutch city streets are quiet places. You can hear...

July 23, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
22
Jul

Cyclists welcome new road safety strategy

Cycling advocates say the Government's new transport strategy is good news for safer roads.


The Government released the Road to Zero strategy for consultation last week.


Cycling Action Network spokesman Patrick Morgan says everyone's a winner under the new plan – but that quick action is needed.

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July 22, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
6
Jun

The case for safe and appropriate speeds

AA bosses argued that cutting limits did not necessarily increase road safety, while transport leaders said such a move risked "slowing New Zealand down".

But Patrick Morgan, from the advocacy group Cycling Action Network, said road safety should not be framed as a "productivity or compliance issue".

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June 6, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
6
Jun

Patrick goes Dutch

What can the Dutch teach New Zealand about cycling and street design?


That's what cycling advocate Patrick Morgan will find out at the Planning the Cycling City summer school in Amsterdam this month.


He is one of thirty people from around the world selected for the three week programme.


Mr...

June 6, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
22
May

MEDIA STATEMENT from Bike Auckland: 10am Wednesday 22 May 2019

Certainty at last for Aucklanders yearning to bike across the bridge?

Bike Auckland welcomes the New Zealand Transport Agency’s preferred design for an Auckland
Harbour Bridge Shared Path as an important breakthrough.

“Ever since the bridge was built, people have wanted to walk and bike across it,” says Barb
Cuthbert, Chair of the advocacy organisation Bike Auckland. “Locals and visitors alike constantly tell
us they’re aghast that in 2019, in our biggest city,...

May 22, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
17
May

Thorndon Quay people protected bike lane

People on bikes deserve protection. We love the protected bike lanes Wellington City Council has built, but progress is far too slow. Will Let's Get Wellington Moving deliver?
Join us as we build a people protected bike lane, and demand the protection we need. 

Let's show the Council we need them to move much faster on building safe and healthy streets. We'll all be better off.

Where: Thorndon Quay, opposite the fire station.
When  7:30 – 8:30am, Wednesday 22 May 2019

May 17, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
14
May

Let's Get Wellington Biking - pop up bike party!
People on bikes deserve protection. We love the protected bike lanes Wellington City Council has built, but progress is far too slow. Will Let's Get Wellington Moving deliver?
Join us as we host a pop up bike party and demand the protection we need. Meet at the north end of the Basin Reserve by Kent and Cambridge Terraces. 

Let's show the Council we need them to move much faster on building safe and healthy streets. We'll all be better off.

7:30 – 8:30am, Friday 17 May 2019

May 14, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
24
Apr

People on bikes deserve protection. We love the protected bike lanes Wellington City Council has built, but progress is far too slow. So we're taking action into our own hands. If the city won’t protect us, we will protect our own.
Join us as we build our own people protected bike lane on Victoria St. Meet on the corner of Victoria and Bond St, by the Lido cafe. Let's show the Council we need them to move much faster on building safe and healthy streets. We'll all be better off.

5 – 5:45pm, Wednesday 1 May 2019

April 24, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
9
Apr

People on bikes deserve protection. We love the protected bike lanes Wellington City Council has built, but progress is far too slow. So we're taking action into our own hands. If the city won’t protect us, we will protect our own.
Join us as we build our own people protected bike lane on Featherston St, Wellington. Meet on the corner of Featherston and Ballance Sts. Let's show the Council we need them to move much faster on building safe and healthy streets. We'll all be better off.

7:45 – 8:30am, Wednesday 10 April 2019...

April 9, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
19
Feb

We deserve Healthy Streets
You would expect a cycling advocacy organisation like CAN to be campaigning for bike lanes and safe traffic speeds. But as they say, "Sell the cake, not the ingredients". That's why we're fans of the Healthy Streets approach. It starts with an inclusive vision of what we want: streets that are good for us. Streets that are socially and economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable.

A street that works for people is a street that is good for health.

Towns and cities everywhere are facing the challenge of keeping...

February 19, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
14
Feb

The arrival of e-scooters in significant numbers in NZ creates issues for how we get around. What are the issues?
by Patrick Morgan

Although there are some risks, overall there are net benefits.
- more demand for bike lanes and traffic calming
- helps transition to low-carbon, less car-dependent transport
- but risks need to be managed
- footpaths are primarily for people on foot.

Policy
E-scooters are here already. It's a bad look to seek to restrict something that's already proving...

February 14, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
1
Feb

No loss of life is acceptable, is the message behind the development of the Government’s new road safety strategy,"says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter.

I need your help: 2019 will be a big year for road safety, with the Government consulting on a new safety strategy.
But there will be push back. We'll need to have our say to get good programmes across the line. There's potentially big wins on safe speeds, a close passing rule, and more cycleways.
CAN will upgrade our digital campaign tools, to help people have their say.
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February 1, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
11
Oct

CAN is organising our biggest bike expo in Christchurch, on the 13 and 14 October, at the Air Force Museum of NZ, Wigram.

The NZ Bike Expo will bring together everything to do with the bicycle, in a vibrant and exciting consumer show. Visitors will have opportunities to trial bikes, meet top sports people, learn about new adventures on the Events Programme, and feature prizes and giveaways as well as showcasing a wonderful range of top bike and bike-related brands and retailers.

As a cycling advocacy group we’re very keen to get more people on their bikes, enjoying...

October 11, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
9
Oct

Why do people on bikes ride two abreast?

By Patrick Morgan, Cycling Action Network


When we were in kindergarten, we learned a few basic rules on how to get along with each other.

First, follow the rules.

Second, be kind.


Now that we've left kindergarten, this...

October 9, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
24
Sep

Bike to the Future awards review

To: CAN Board
From: Patrick Morgan
25 September 2018


With the 2018 awards behind us, it's timely to consider timing and branding of the Bike to the Future Awards.


Introduction

The Bike to the Future Awards...

September 24, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
4
Sep

Good news - Government invests a record $390m in cycling and walking

I want to share some welcome news with you – the Government has announced a record $390 million will be invested into cycling and walking projects over the next three years.

That's a 33 percent increase. It includes Skypath and Seapath. Sixty-two years after the Auckland Harbour Bridge was built, we will have a direct cycling route from the North Shore to...

September 4, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
28
Aug

NZTA wants our feedback on signs and road markings

What do you think about how signs and road markings are used?

 We’re consulting on the Traffic control devices manual part 5 – traffic control devices for general use – between intersections.

 This document provides guidance and best practice for road controlling authorities and traffic management practitioners on the use of traffic control devices, such as signs and road markings, between intersections. Traffic control devices are used to...

August 28, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
23
Aug

Cyclists applaud funding tailwinds


New Government funding for cycling is good news, whether you ride a bike or not, say cycling advocates.


The Government has today announced $390m investment in walking and cycling over three years, including fully-funding Auckland's Skypath over the harbour...

August 23, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
15
Aug

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist


Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway.

Update: In July 2018, Alastair Smith received a Bike to the Future Award for Outstanding contribution to a bike-friendly future.  This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual to the promotion of cycling.

by Sarah Bennett
In the mid-1970s a group of young New Zealanders were discussing plans for their big OE. One said he would go to Europe, buy an E-Type Jaguar, and tour the Continent in style. But another, Alastair Smith, had just read...

August 15, 2018 Patrick READ MORE
19
Jul

Give me room - a campaign for a safe passing rule
Introduce a safe passing rule, to protect people on bikes.
A safe passing rule was recommended by the NZ Cycle Safety Panel in 2014. Safe passing rules are common in Europe, the US, and most Australian states. They also protect people on foot, law enforcement and road workers.
Why are we waiting?

Take action
Sign the petition to Associate Transport Minister, Julie Anne Genter. Give me room - a campaign for a safe passing rule

Why is this important?...

July 19, 2018 Patrick READ MORE