News: July 2008

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Jul

Patrick Morgan and Alastair Smith met with Opus, who are carrying out a post-implementation review of the Wellington Inner City Bypass cycle path. I've attached a summary of the issues that we presented, and a map of the area with notes of some specific points.

July 30, 2008
AlastairS
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Jul

SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt News | Wednesday, 23 July 2008http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4628148a24118.html A two cycles per unit restriction has "undone" any benefits from scrapping the $4 charge for taking a bike on Wellington's commuter trains, says Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW). "It's worse now than it was," CAW's Claire Pascoe told Greater Wellington Regional Council's transport and access committee last Wednesday. In a bid to make it easier for recreational cyclists and those starting/ending their commute to work on two wheels, GWRC made it free to put up to two cycles in the baggage compartment (or 'dog box') of each Tranz Metro double unit. But each dog box used to be able to take five bikes, Ms Pascoe said, and now loading has to be done with railways staff supervision. CAW's discussion with the Rail Union confirms that train staff don't like dealing with bikes. The new trains...

July 23, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

Great Harbour WaySIMON EDWARDS - Hutt News | Wednesday, 23 July 2008http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4628174a24118.html Cycle activated electronic warning signs are being considered for narrow sections of State Highway Two between Ngauranga and Petone. Transit New Zealand regional manager Graham Taylor says the variable messages warning drivers there are cyclists ahead are activated when cyclists ride over loops on the side of the road. Calls from cyclists and environmentalists for better safety for those on two wheels have intensified since the recent death of cyclists at Petone roundabout and Fergusson Drive Upper Hutt. At a meeting earlier this month involving representatives of Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW), Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Hutt City Council, ideas for reclamation of land between Korokoro Gateway and Ngauranga to create a wide,...

July 23, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundaystartimes/auckland/4626913a6497.html By NEIL DUDDY - Eastern Courier | Wednesday, 23 July 2008 Motorists need to take extra care for cyclists in winter. There have been several bike crashes in the eastern region in recent months resulting in injuries to cyclists. The incidents have mainly been due to motorists not seeing cyclists and turning across their path. Former national road safety policing manager superintendent Steve Fitzgerald was killed in a roundabout crash while cycling home from work on June 19 in Wellington. Despite wearing a helmet, high visibility clothing and having flashing lights front and rear on his cycle Mr Fitzgerald was one of two cyclists to die in crashes in the capital that day. The second victim died when a parked vehicle door was opened knocking him into the path of a truck. Land Transport New Zealand spokesman Andy Knack-...

July 23, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/marlboroughexpress/4625783a6520.html The Marlborough Express | Monday, 21 July 2008 The Marlborough District Council is moving to put cycle lanes along two arterial routes into the centre of Blenheim, along Redwood St and Maxwell Rd, writes The Marlborough Express in an editorial. The lanes will see the loss of more than 500 parking spaces. With one fell swoop the council has both encouraged cycling and discouraged driving. Cycle lanes are at the tamer end of what a council can do to promote cycling. If this town had traffic lights, for instance, it could follow the example of radical cycle-loving cities and install a system that allows cyclists to move off first before the other traffic. But this is Blenheim, not Amsterdam. There is an argument that Blenheim doesn't have enough cyclists to even put in cycle lanes. But it's a bit of a chicken and egg...

July 22, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

Cycle Safety Petition & Campaign Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested in it. For many Kiwis the distressing deaths of two cyclists in the Wellington region on Friday 19 June have highlighted the need for New Zealand's roads to be made safer for people already cycling or wanting to take it up. There are Government strategies and programmes to promote cycling and cycle safety, but we haven't seen many changes on the street yet. The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) is running a campaign to get its 9-Point Plan for Cycle Safety adopted by the Government. Sign the e-petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/NZCycleSafety/ Visit http://www.can.org.nz for more information about the campaign. Contact: CAN, 04-972 2552, campaigns@can.org.nz Robert Ibell, Chairperson Cycling Advocates' Network Inc....

July 21, 2008
Fiona
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Jul

Memorial Ride Over 300 Wellington cyclists gathered at Parliament on the 26th June for a memorial ride along the Hutt Road to Petone, as a mark of respect for the two riders killed in the Hutt on 19th June. All who went found this a moving and productive ride. Though CAN didn’t use this event as an opportunity to recruit new members, it clearly has raised the vital issue of cyclists’ safety, as well as general cycling issues: cyclists want action. The atmosphere at the monthly CAW meeting of July 1st was almost volatile, and there were many new faces there, and several new members signed up. As a result of the deaths Fran Wilde of Wellington Regional Council called a meeting for July 9th with Transit and OnTrack management to encourage action on cycle facilities in the Ngauranga – Petone area. For footage of the ride, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utb7HtCLmRk To follow the...

July 21, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) are petitioning the Ministers of Transport, Police and Road Safety to urgently implement proposed plans to make cycling safer. Its petition includes a 9-point plan for improving cycle safety. The petition is prompted by the recent deaths in Wellington of Des Eyre and Steve Fitzgerald. Spokesperson Stephen McKernon says, 'cyclists in the Wellington area have advocated for decades to improve the roads on which these cyclists died. Their deaths highlight the urgency of improving road safety for cyclists'. McKernon says, 'the Government and many local authorities have cycling strategies and programmes, but actual changes are taking far too long to put in place. These require much greater resources and the will to act on existing commitments. 'If New Zealand is serious about making the most of all the benefits of cycling, then we need immediate action to...

July 19, 2008
Scorcher
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Jul

Check out http://greatdividekiwi.blogspot.com/ Bloody good show, Simon.

July 15, 2008
ribell
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Jul

Covers induced traffic, congestion, public transport and transport policy. Why not cycleways? It has been an interesting week in the world of New Zealand transport. Firstly, we have the government launching Kiwirail. The day after we hear that peak traffic has gone down by 20% in Wellington, we assume as a result of the recent rises in fuel price. We know that in Christchurch bus patronage is up and anecdotal evidence suggests a decrease in traffic volumes and an increase in cycling. From the perspective of a sustainable transport system, the future is looking good. But to burst the bubble of hope, we read that Transit New Zealand continues to prioritise a 10.5km extension of Christchurch's southern motorway, with further plans for a similar extension of the northern motorway. The total costs of these projects is predicted to be in excess of $250m. Yet, evidence from all round the...

July 11, 2008
Patrick
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Jul

Cyclist fatalities show need for better infrastructure and motorist behaviourAfter two cyclists were killed yesterday, the national organisation for everyday cyclists is calling for urgent improvements in roading design and motorist behaviour.Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) chairperson Robert Ibell said that the deaths of two cyclists in the Wellington region show that central and local government are not moving fast enough to make roads safer for cycling.A car door carelessly opened into the path of a 61 year old cyclist in Upper Hutt caused his death yesterday morning when he was thrown into the path of a car.And a cyclist riding northbound from Wellington was killed last night on the Petone off-ramp."Neither of these tragic deaths should have happened," says Mr Ibell. "In the case of the Petone crash, continuing procrastination by Transit and buck-passing by several...

July 9, 2008
ribell
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Jul

Hi all Please use this page to send your comments about the submission. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to leave your comments. The draft submission is available form Google Docs following this link:http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddcptvd8_22dgtnpscf If you wish to make changes to the document, please discuss the changes here first, and then ask me for a password to collaborate on the Google Docs document. Best, Andre Submission to Greater Wellington Regional Council NGAURANGA TO WELLINGTON AIRPORT DRAFT CORRIDOR PLAN Cycle Aware Wellington CAW is the cycling advocacy group for the Wellington region, with a particular focus on the bicycle as a means of transport and recreation. Our goal is more people biking more often.We have representatives on the Wellington Regional Cycling Forum and Wellington Regional Land Transport committee. CAW has 100 financial members and 500 associate...

July 3, 2008
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