News: August 2008

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August 30, 2008
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The 2008–09 funding round is now open for the Walking and Cycling Micro-Fund. Start on your application now! The Walking and Cycling Micro-Fund is run jointly by Living Streets Aotearoa and Cycling Advocates’ Network. The Fund provides opportunities for organisations to apply for funding of up to $1000 towards events, promotions and initiatives which promote walking and cycling as a transport option for short trips. The New Zealand Transport Agency provides the funding. Closing date: 17 October 2008 Download the attached Walking and Cycling Micro-Fund guide Download the attached Walking and Cycling Micro-Fund application form, fill it in, and email it to lily.linton@livingstreets.org.nz Lists of successful walking and cycling projects are available athttp://www.livingstreets.org.nz/pdf/SuccAppl2007.pdf For help contact Lily Linton, Ph (04) 385 8280, Email lily.linton@livingstreets.org....

August 28, 2008
Patrick
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August 27, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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Dan Burden (http://www.walkable.org/) lobbies for cities to be more walking/cycle friendly. (duration: 21′49″) Dan was keynote speaker at Living Streets' recent conference. Follow the link to hear the interview.

August 22, 2008
Patrick
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Junior Road Bunch Ride ==================== Every Sunday morning at 9.00am we meet outside Freyburg Pool, Oriental Bay. Suitable for 11-19yr olds & parents are welcome to ride too. Bunch rides are easy and we teach training techniques, such as road safety, bike handling and bunch etiquette. At least one adult is present on every ride. This bunch ride will continue until Track training starts in September. The ride is automatically cancelled if raining. Gary Gibson 021 173 4406mailto:getgazza@ihug.co.nz (copied from PNP newsletter)

August 22, 2008
Patrick
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National cycling organisation Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) today called for the Government to boost funding for cycling. CAN Secretary Robert Ibell said the Government�s announcement of an extra $27 million of state funding for public transport showed a commitment on the part of Government to boost alternatives to private motor vehicle use. CAN wants similar attention to be paid to the use of bicycles as a means of transport. CAN noted that figures from the last census suggest that the same number of New Zealanders bike to work as take the train or bus. �Despite the existence of national and regional government support for public transport, public transport�s share of journeys to work is currently no higher than the bicycle�s� Mr Ibell said. �At three percent, cycle commuting figures in NZ are low by international standards, but this reflects decades of car-centred planning and...

August 22, 2008
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The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) is surprised by the approach taken by the Automobile Association over child cyclists. "The AA has chosen to go down the road of removing the children rather than removing the danger," said CAN spokesperson Robert Ibell. "There are many approaches that could be taken, such as having 30km/hr speed limits in residential areas and around schools. And making safe cycling training a core part of the school curriculum would ensure that children knew how to control their bikes and how to behave in traffic. There are good training programmes around, such as KiwiCycling and the Police Youth Education Service courses, but they need to be more widely available." "What is most surprising is that the AA has not chosen to educate its own members about how to drive safely around young cyclists. Putting them on the footpath doesn't solve any problems, and may...

August 21, 2008
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Delegates from around New Zealand are gathering in Lower Hutt tomorrow (Friday) morning for the fifth NZ Cycling Conference. This is the first NZ Cycling Conference held since the release of NZ's National Walking and Cycling Strategy, and delegates are looking for ideas and inspiration as they begin to implement the visions of the strategy. After a welcome from Hutt City mayor David Ogden and official opening remarks from Associate Transport Minister Harry Duynhoven, the keynote speaker Troels Andersen will take the conference on a tour around his home city, Odense in Denmark. Mr Andersen is the manager for a ground-breaking project which has seen Odense become the 'Cycling City' of Denmark. The conference concludes on Saturday evening, and will include the annual CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards presentation on Friday night. ENDS. For further information, contact Stephen Knight, Advocacy...

August 21, 2008
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The national organisation for bicycle tourists and commuters, the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN), today lent its support to Nelson MP Nick Smith's call for a mountain-bike track through the Kahurangi National Park. CAN spokesperson Robert Ibell said Dr Smith's proposed $3 million mountain-bike track linking Karamea and Collingwood would tap into a fast growing interest in cycle touring in New Zealand. "A dedicated mountain-bike trail through the Kahurangi National Park would give cyclists access to an area of great natural beauty, with far less environmental impact than a road. A track such as this would lure cyclists to the area, providing a boost to the local economy," Mr Ibell said. CAN predicts that cycle tourism will become a major earner of tourist dollars for New Zealand. "Like backpackers, cycle tourists travel light but spend up large on accommodation and adventure...

August 21, 2008
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Cyclists today expressed outrage about a Land Transport Safety Authority rule change that allows visibility from car side windows to be reduced by half. �This rule change will lead to increased injury and death among cyclists because car drivers will be less able to see them�, said Dave Kelly, spokesperson for national cycling group the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN). Cyclists believe the rule change has serious implications for their safety. CAN�s concerns were raised in its submission on the rule, but these appear to have been ignored by the LTSA. The rule change lowers the required visible light transmittance (VLT) for front side vehicle windows from 70% to 35%.When checking for cross-traffic, motorists sometimes fail to see cyclists before pulling out, turning, or opening their car doors� Dr Kelly said. �This is a common cause of crashes between motorists and...

August 21, 2008
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The high number of cyclists killed on New Zealand�s roads this year is not a �statistical blip�, says national cycling organisation Cycling Advocates Network (CAN). CAN wants to see some action, not just concern, from the Land Transport Safety Authority over the cyclist deaths. Sixteen cyclists have been killed so far this year, compared to three at the comparable time last year. CAN Secretary, Robert Ibell, said that based on an average of 12.8 cyclist fatalities a year between 1995 and 1999, the chance of randomly getting 16 or more cyclists fatalities in half a year is only 0.1%. Even if the figure to date for 2000 is included, the likelihood rises to only 0.8%. �The LTSA is the national agency with responsibility for road safety. It�s nice to hear that they�re concerned about the cyclist fatalities, but when are they actually going to do something about it?� said Mr Ibell. �If the...

August 21, 2008
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The national organisation for bicycle tourists and commuters, the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN), today lent its support to Nelson MP Nick Smith's call for a mountain-bike track through the Kahurangi National Park. CAN spokesperson Robert Ibell said Dr Smith's proposed $3 million mountain-bike track linking Karamea and Collingwood would tap into a fast growing interest in cycle touring in New Zealand. "A dedicated mountain-bike trail through the Kahurangi National Park would give cyclists access to an area of great natural beauty, with far less environmental impact than a road. A track such as this would lure cyclists to the area, providing a boost to the local economy," Mr Ibell said. CAN predicts that cycle tourism will become a major earner of tourist dollars for New Zealand. "Like backpackers, cycle tourists travel light but spend up large on accommodation and adventure...

August 21, 2008
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The Ministry of Health should spend some of its proposed financial support for low income people on supplying them with bicycles, national cycling group, the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN), said today. "Anyone who cycles regularly gets real health benefits", said CAN campaigns secretary, Robert Ibell. "Regular cyclists enjoy a level of fitness equivalent to people ten years younger. And the health benefits gained from regular cycling far outweigh the risks from crashes". Bicycles also give people access to independent mobility at low cost, says CAN.� They're cheap to buy, only need food as fuel, and have low maintenance costs. Schemes to provide bicycles to people on low incomes are not new: A Bikes for Jobseekers programme run in Whangarei in 1997 provided 100 Maori job seekers with transport to gain stable employment. The bike only became the property of the job seeker only after 3...

August 21, 2008
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New government policies and more resources are needed to give New Zealanders a better choice of transport options, according to the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN). CAN is using National Bike Wise Week as an opportunity to call on national and local government to adopt policies that give people the freedom to get around by bicycle. CAN wants to see a national network of cycle routes developed, suitable for commuting, recreation and tourism. Cycling could account for 10-15 per cent of all trips made in New Zealand, CAN says. Currently only two per cent of journeys are made by bike - similar to the proportion of work journeys made by public transport. Most trips in New Zealand are a realistic distance for cycling according to CAN. One third of all journeys are under two kilometres in length,� and two thirds are under six kilometres. "People should be able to choose to cycle or walk - and...

August 21, 2008
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Mad about cars, or just mad about cars? Need a good reason to leave the car at home? This Thursday you'll have two. The rising cost of petrol make alternatives to your car look more attractive. Not only that, Thursday is Car Free Day, an event being celebrated worldwide. In NZ, if you're getting on your bike that day you might be the lucky recipient of an apple. Members of the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) will be joining others in encouraging people to try a new way of getting to work or school. In many centres cycle commuters will be rewarded for their transport choice with an apple. "If they've already had breakfast, students might want to keep their apple to fuel their journey home. Or give it to their teacher," said CAN's campaign secretary Robert Ibell. For further information, contact Secretary: Adrian Croucher, Tel: 09-376-3787 can@actrix.gen.nz Or contact your local CAN...

August 21, 2008
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The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) said it was delighted with this evening's announcement by Mark Gosche, Minister of Transport, that the Government is to develop a national cycling strategy, something which CAN has been pushing for over the last few years. CAN chairperson Jane Dawson said that a national cycling strategy should be a guiding document for national and local government, setting priorities for further work. "Government policy-making has traditionally been chopped up into discrete areas such as transport, health, and recreation. It has been very difficult for the benefits of cycling to be recognised. We anticipate that a national cycling strategy will enable strong linkages to be made between policy areas." CAN� also welcomed the objectives set for the New Zealand Transport Strategy. "Cyclists have long seen that health, improved access and mobility, and environmental...

August 21, 2008
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"Cyclists are good for the NZ economy. We should value their contribution to society instead of discouraging them", says the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) chairperson, Jane Dawson. "Increasing the number of journeys done by bike should be one of the Government's priorities. It would have benefits for the health budget, overseas debt, rates, and the cost of providing goods and services." CAN, which is the national body for commuting, touring and family cyclists, is pleased that many government agencies have got behind Bike To Work Day this year. CAN hopes that the Minister of Transport will use National Bike Week as an opportunity to set NZ on a cycle-friendly path. Congestion is increasing in many places in the country, and the time spent by commercial vehicles stuck in traffic increases the cost of goods and services. "Creating an environment where children can easily bike or...

August 21, 2008
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A cycle touring track linking the West Coast and Golden Bay will bring economic benefits to the region, says the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN). CAN, the national organisation for cycle tourists and commuters, says that a bike track through the Kahurangi National Park would avoid the damaging environmental impacts of a road. "We agree with the Prime Minister that a road between Karamea and Collingwood would do little for eco-tourism", said CAN chairperson Jane Dawson. "But a track for cycle tourists would not affect the wilderness experience of other Park users, and would lure both NZ and overseas cyclists to the area, providing a boost to the local economy. Ultimately, CAN sees this track as a small but important link in a national cycle route network." CAN believes there is fast growing interest in cycle touring in New Zealand, boosted by the recent international release of a major...

August 21, 2008
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