News

5
Feb

A Wellington classic: around the bays
By Patrick Morgan
Enjoy a relaxing guided bike tour from Tākina to Evans Bay. Return on new bike lanes in Kilbirnie, Newtown, and Cambridge Tce.
This tour is designed for people attending the To Walk and Cycle conference. in March 2024. We'll cover around 15km over two hours. It's a flat ride suitable for manual and e-bikes, with one 60 metre hill to Newtown.

We'll start outside Te Papa at 1pm on 19 March. We'll experience parts of Wellington's fast-build bike network, Waka Kotahi's Cobham Drive...

February 5, 2024 Patrick READ MORE
26
Jan

Government must do more to protect school children from traffic danger, say cycling advocates


As children head back to school next week, cycling advocates are calling on the Government to protect them from traffic danger.


“To protect our children, traffic speeds near schools must come down,” said Cycling Action Network spokesman Patrick Morgan.


“The new school year is the perfect time for the Government to put safety first....

January 26, 2024 Patrick READ MORE
21
Dec

Cycling action is essential to our climate goals

Robert McLachlan


The heart of Aotearoa’s climate action is the system of carbon budgets and emission reduction plans. We are now halfway through the first budget period, which runs from 2022 to 2025. Planning is well underway for the second (2026-2030) and third (2031-2035) budgets. Decisions about the kinds of infrastructure to build...

December 21, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
21
Dec

Trans rights are human rights, say cycling advocates
Cycling Action Network (CAN) has issued a statement in support of trans women.
"Everyone has the right to participate in cycling and to be treated with respect and empathy," says CAN project manager Patrick Morgan. "Transgender people can take part in sports in the gender they identify with."
In New Zealand it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation or sex, including their gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.
(https://tikatangata.org.nz/...

December 21, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
7
Dec

Let's organise and mobilise

The change of Government means we will likely face some extra challenging headwinds. The coalition agreement signed by National and New Zealand First includes "reduce expenditure on cycleways."

That's unacceptable. As we all face serious public health, safety, climate, and transport problems, we know that cycling offers compelling benefits in these areas.

If there is in fact less going to be spent on cycleways, I am curious how else this Government intends to deliver a truly safe and inclusive active travel environment on New Zealand...

December 7, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
6
Nov

'Outrageous' stalling on sustainable transport projects
(source, RNZ News, 5 November 2023)

More cycleways, like this one in Wellington, are urgently needed, says Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan. Photo: RNZ / Bill Hickman

Cycling and walking advocates are dismayed the transport agency has stopped funding projects to encourage walking, cycling and using public transport.

Waka Kotahi said it was pressing pause on projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars,...

November 6, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
4
Oct

 

Here's my abstract for a workshop at 2WalkAndCycle conference, March 2024

Patrick Morgan, Cycling Action Network


We face huge opportunities to build a better world, where everyone gets a fair go, and our communities are strong and resilient. Better transport choices are an essential tool as we race to decarbonise our towns and cities, enable affordable mobility, and tackle inequality. Our...

October 4, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
26
Sep

From CAN Chair, Alex Dyer

It is amazing to me that we have a situation in politics where some parties - who like to promote values of individual responsibility, personal freedom, local decision making, market-based economics, trading schemes, and other hands-off, government-lite strategies - are also suggesting the nation needs to defend against an ‘anti-car ideology’. 

This frames cars as some kind of universally desired, intrinsically essential component of every New Zealander’s life. An item that needs to be heavily subsidised by our collective behaviour,...

September 26, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
20
Sep

On Car-free Day, 22 September, cycling advocates call for an end to car dependency

News release from Cycling Action Network, September 2023

As record fuel prices put pressure on household budgets, cycling advocates are calling for better solutions.

We must end car dependency, said Cycling Action Network spokesperson, Patrick Morgan.

“Decades of poor transport and...

September 20, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
8
Aug

Do you want safe and attractive cycling in New Zealand? Vote bike.

No matter what kind of riding you are into, now is the time to take action.

The General Election is coming. Election Day is Saturday 14 October. You can vote early if you prefer. Advance voting starts on Monday 2 October.
More than 1.5 million people in NZ ride bikes. Let's demand safe and attractive streets.

How you can help


Vote
Check your enrolment. 
Vote for the party and candidate who best reflects your views on biking....

August 8, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
13
Jul

The bicycle as climate hope

by Robert McLachlan, CAN Board member

What role can cycling play in Aotearoa’s climate action? This question tends to prompt two extreme responses that are so far apart as to seem contradictory. On one hand, a bicycle is so obviously a simple, durable, and ultra-low emission technology, that to compare it with a car is almost ridiculous. The bicycle is a role model for what sustainable technology can be. On the other hand, our cities and transport systems are built around cars, and the mode share for cycling is...

July 13, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
14
Jun

Submission to MDC - Lansdowne to Kuripuni Cycleway
https://www.mstn.govt.nz/council/have-your-say/consultations?item=id:2m803f0he17q9sefp2bv

To: submissions@mstn.govt.nz

14 June 2023

1. CAN supports the planned Lansdowne to Kuripuni Cycleway.
It's good to see the Council planning to build protected bike lanes. These are necessary to enable people to make more trips by bike and scooter. Paint is not...

June 14, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
30
May

Upper Hutt transport strategy

Submission guide from Cycling Action Network
May 2023

Upper Hutt City Council is creating a new transport strategy. This will guide spending and decisions on cycling and other transport projects for the next 10 years. We don’t think it goes far enough to prioritise sustainable transport, or consider land use.
Please have your say. Here’s our submission guide.

Visit Getting into gear: Improving Upper Hutt's transport network

Have a look at Information Sheets - Vision,...

May 30, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
28
Mar

Lots of people from Cycle Wellington and Wellington City Council have contributed to making Go By Bike Day in Wellington a success over the years.

Here's a partial list of organisers.

Christina Van Dam
Marilyn Northcotte
Annemarie Delaney
Ash Peters
Christina Bellis
Claire P
Hugh Young
Kim Young
Shalee F
Georgia Halley
2023: Trish Given

March 28, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
31
Jan

Patrick Morgan, Project Manager, Cycling Action Network

Another challenging and rewarding year. While Covid has forced us all to adapt, I'm proud of what CAN has achieved


Thanks to everyone at CAN for your time, energy and passion. I'm impressed with your commitment to serve your community by fighting for better biking. You inspire me. Together, we're stronger and more effective.


As CAN's project manager, it's my job to
- support your advocacy,
-...

January 31, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
16
Jan

"An urban myth has taken hold in some parts of Wellington that bike lanes are bad for business. It happened in Island Bay and it’s happening again in Newtown." - source Dominion Post, 2022.

The opposite is true.

An analysis of more than a dozen studies looking at the impact of improved cycling and pedestrian infrastructure on business shows a largely positive impact on earnings.

In some cases, there was no impact on business...

January 16, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
7
Nov

News release

Cycling advocates call for climate action, at COP27

7 November 2022

 


As the COP27 climate conference starts, cycling advocates are calling on the NZ Government and cities to invest more in cycling.

“Bike lanes are the best bang for buck in transport,” says Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network (CAN).

...

November 7, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
27
Oct

Bikes plus trains can compete with driving, say cycling advocates

This is the perfect time for the Government to invest in passenger rail, say cycling advocates.

Cycling Action Network (CAN) spokesman Patrick Morgan says the combination of trains plus bikes can deliver point to point convenience, affordability and speed that competes with road.

Mr Morgan is presenting to the Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail at Parliament this morning at 10:...

October 27, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
20
Oct

Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand

CAN (Cycling Action Network) is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. We've been around a long time. We speak for more than a million people in New Zealand who love riding bikes.

Passenger rail + bikes are a powerful combination that can compete with driving and flying. Togather, they...

October 20, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
6
Oct

The Government is taxing employer-provided bikes at 64%, which limits the uptake of cycling. Employers are exempt from Fringe Benefit Tax on providing car parks to staff, but not bikes. That needs fixing. Please make a submission to even the playing field, and help more people get on bikes.

Background
New Zealand employers want to do their part to reduce emissions, but businesses today are being taxed at...

October 6, 2022 Patrick READ MORE