News

27
Jul

Cycling advocates welcome plans to improve safety, and upgrade Wairarapa roads.

“Everyone in our community deserves safe roads,” said Patrick Morgan, spokesman for Cycling Action Network.

“That's why we welcome plans to upgrade SH2 between Masterton and Featherston.”

Waka Kotahi NZTA is planning to add median barriers, set safe speed limits, build new roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.

“Let's face it – with...

July 27, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
13
Jul

A discount scheme for bikes is needed to help more people get around more cheaply, be active, and reduce our emissions.

Sign the petition

In December 2019 the government introduced a discount for public sector workers to buy E bikes. *1
That leaves out a lot of people. So we now want the government to be fair to everyone and implement a discount scheme that is open to ALL Kiwis AND includes both e-bikes and non e-bikes, and necessary equipment. 

 The Climate Commission report said ‘Meeting a zero-carbon target by 2050...

July 13, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
12
Jul

Cycling advocates are saddened to hear of the death of Andy Smith, who was a staunch, articulate and effective campaigner for pedestrians. As long-time Chair of Living Streets Aotearoa, he worked constructively with CAN and other transport bodies to help make streets more accessible, safe and attractive. Alongside cycling advocates, he was a key person behind the 2WALKandCYCLE conference series and an enthusiastic supporter of the SkyPath crossing of Auckland Harbour.

We will miss Andy's colourful personality, his...

July 12, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
25
Jun

Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi
Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050

We like the framework of Hīkina te Kohupara. Now show us the action.

We like the emphasis on equity, inclusiveness, and just transition.

On climate, winning slowly is the same as losing. Use stronger language and commit to actions that will deliver a safe climate.

Global net anthropogenic CO2 emissions must...

June 25, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
24
Mar

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 Cambridge Tce, Wellington. Meet at the Basin Reseve end. 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 26 March 2021

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March 24, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
22
Mar

On the Go Awards recognise outstanding walking and cycling projects

ReBicycle EkeRua which upcycles donated, second-hand bikes and gives them to refugees and other people in need in Wellington, received the top honour at the On the Go Awards in Dunedin on Thursday night.

The On the Go Awards (formerly the Bike to the Future Awards) are organised by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in partnership with Cycling Action Network and Living Streets Aotearoa. They are an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and contribution of projects that support a...

March 22, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
15
Mar

2020 advocacy - a clear vision for successful campaigns

Presentation notes from 2WALKandCYCLE 2021, Dunedin

Introductions
Activity: Say hello to person next to you, ask them for one thing they would like to change about cycling in their town or city, then introduce them to the group.

Key points
- Technical vs adaptive change (pen on moon vs fix racism)
- What does success look like? (decribe your vision)...

March 15, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
16
Feb

Have your say on climate action here (external link) by 28 March 2021.
If you prefer, email your thoughts to hello@climatecommission.govt.nz 

CAN response to Climate Change Commission draft advice

We welcome the draft advice. It's a good start. And let's …

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February 16, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
28
Jan

Crush carbon emissions two wheels at a time, say cycling advocates

Cycling advocates are calling for the transformation of urban transport, as New Zealand races to cut carbon. The Climate Change Commission will release its initial advice on Sunday 31 January.

 

“Bikes and e-bikes are perfect for many local trips, but cities must build networks of protected bike lanes to make that possible,” said Patrick Morgan from the Cycling Action Network.

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January 28, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
21
Jan

Cycling advocates are welcoming new advice from the Transport Agency on safe cycling.

"Cyclists hate it when drivers pass too close. That's scary, dangerous and illegal," said Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network.

"So it's encouraging to see NZTA Waka Kotahi has updated its advice on what is known as taking the lane. This is where a cyclist moves towards the centre of the lane to avoid hazards or...

January 21, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
13
Jan

Advocates

Cycle Wellington, https://cycwell.wordpress.com/ Facebook group  Twitter: @CycleAwareWgtn

Hutt Cycle Network, Facebook group  

 

Clubs and groups
Cycling NZ https://www.cyclingnewzealand.nz/ride-leader/find-a-ride/
PNP, Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club, https://www.pnp.org.nz/
USO http://www....

January 13, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
8
Jan

January 2021

Engagement
tbc, Kim Young, Remutaka cycle trail coordinator
31 March, meet Minister Mchael Wood at Parliament 

Media

5 January, BMX tragedy: Family of Auckland teen Kirill Koninin who died from head injury pleads for better helmet use 

5 January, Stuff, Injury rates climb as e-bike popularity grows and lockdown prompts cycling boom  Cycling Action Network spokesman Patrick Morgan said biking...

January 8, 2021 Patrick READ MORE
11
Nov

Cycling and mountain biking are booming. Despite our name the Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa helps negotiate public access for trails for cyclists and especially mountain bikers.
Our job is to build a legacy of public access to the outdoors for everyone in New Zealand - walkers, mountain bikers, anglers, horse riders, landholders, trail runners and more.

Many of New Zealand’s mountain biking and cycling groups are very well organised. They do their own thing and do not need any help. But...

November 11, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
28
Oct

 

 

ERICA

It all started with small rides to the veggie market years ago. Back then, Erica didn’t see a lot of women on bicycles and was confronted with serious cyclists, well prepared with their cycling clothes, but this wasn’t for her. She wanted to break this stereotype and let people see other types of cyclists by creating an...

October 28, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
22
Oct

Cycling: your health, the public’s health and the planet’s health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Public Health Physician

Presentation for Making Cycling Viable New Zealand Cycling Symposium
Palmerston North 14-15 July 2000

Key issues relating to cycling and health

In 1898, the British Medical Journal reported that: “In France the bicycle has done wonders, as those who remember Paris, Fontainbleau, and the intervening districts thirty years ago can bear witness if they once more revisit that pleasant part of theworld.”
A hundred years later...

October 22, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
14
Oct

Can you help Julia tell our stories?

From Julia: “Kia ora, do you cycle to work, university or school? Or do you use your bicycle for transport in the city? Yes? I would love to hear from you!

Since I moved to Wellington, the diversity of cyclists sparked a curiosity within me. I’d like to understand how people feel about riding a bicycle in the city, their backgrounds, their reasons, and if those are similar to my hometown Berlin.With this idea, I started to work on a project called “Wellington Love” which portrays cyclists and their stories.

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October 14, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
12
Oct

Events
Plenty at https://www.gw.govt.nz/events/

Places

Bike Space, by Waitangi Park opposite New World https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonBikeSpace/
Lyall Bay school pop up pump track, Freyberg St, Lyall Bay
Polhill mtb trail hub, Aro St
Makara Peak mtb park, Karori

People

Cycle Wellington - local bike advocacy group
Frocks on Bikes https://frocksonbikes.wordpress.com/wellington/
ReBicycle https://rebicycle.nz/
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October 12, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
8
Sep

Here's our letter to 250 NZ bike shop owners, asking for help.

Hello, I'm the project manager at CAN – New Zealand's national charity for people who ride bikes.

Riding a bike is one of the best things in the world, for sport, fun or getting around town. Although this is a challenging time, we've noticed more people riding bikes during lockdown.

I know we share a love of biking. More...

September 8, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
21
Aug

Bike-curious: A novice’s guide to buying your first e-bike

Courtesy of The Spinoff, May 2018: Last year New Zealand imported a massive 40,000 e-bikes and that number is likely to grow exponentially. But what do you need to know before you buy one? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

Further reading

NZ Electric Bike Review covers more models in greater detail than we can here. You can also follow @ElectricBazza and @ElectricMeg on Twitter.

Consumer NZ also has a periodically updated e-bike guide with reviews and advice.

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August 21, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
17
Aug

Submission in Support of Consent Application for Te Ara Tupua
August 2020

attached as PDF below

Overview

This submission strongly endorses the construction of a “seaward side” cycle path from Petone to Ngauranga.
DAST recommends that the Commissioners:
• Note the significant health benefits from increased active transport, including cycling.
• Note that these benefits will only be fully realised if there is a significant modal shift from private motor vehicles to active transport modes.
• Note that this shift...

August 17, 2020 Patrick READ MORE