News: September 2008

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Submission to Wellington City Council on the Safer Roads Newtown and Berhampore Proposal Submitted by Cycle Aware Wellington, PO Box 27-120, Wellington 6141 tel: 04 972 2552 email: info@caw.org.nzAbout CAW Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving conditionsfor cyclists and encouraging more people to bike more often. CAW is Wellington's advocacy group forcyclists, with more than 100 members and 700 people we are in regular contact with. CAW representspeople who use their bikes as a means of transport. Formed in 1994, CAW works with local and regional government, police and other agencies for a better cycling environment. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposals for the Safer Roads programme inNewtown and Berhampore. We support many elements of the proposed work, but there are...

September 5, 2008
Patrick
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Submission to Wellington City Council Safer Roads Newtown and Berhampore Proposal 14 July 2008 Submitted by Patrick Morgan Reducing crashes The best ways to reduce the number and severity of road crashes are to reduce the volume of traffic, and reduce the speed of traffic.   Mode shift as a result of rising fuel prices and climate change concerns is helping to achieve number 1. Travel demand management programmes will also help. A combination of methods is needed to achieve number 2. These include legal, environmental, engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement. Review by experienced engineers All safer roads designs should be reviewed by traffic engineers who are familiar with road design for cyclists and walkers. These proposals do not properly address cyclists'...

September 5, 2008
Patrick
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Submission to Wellington City Council on the Safer Roads Newtown and Berhampore Proposal   Submitted by Jane Dawson, July 2008   Speed limits The proposals for 40 km/h areas are good, but need to go further. I would prefer to see them reduced to 30 km/h on the non-arterial routes plus the main shopping area on Riddiford St, with the arterials set at 40 km/h. Constable Street should be reduced to 40 km/h, and the phasing of the new lights should be set to encourage that speed. Luxford and Rintoul Streets should also be reduced to 40 km/h, so there is an alternative to Adelaide Rd for the less hardy cyclists to use. Even if you don't reduce all non-arterial roads to 30 km/h, please at least reduce the speed to that around schools.   Designated cycling route For many years the Council has said that Wilson St is a good (de facto) cycling route as an alternative...

September 5, 2008
Patrick
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Ever glance enviously at the cyclists whizzing past while you're stuck in traffic? Joining 'em is easy -- and it doesn't have to involve full-body spandex. The health benefits of biking to work are plenty, from helmet hair a svelte physique to breathing fewer air pollutants than those stuck in cars. Regular bikers live longer and are less likely to get depressed than non-bikers, boasts the Chelsea Green Guide on biking to work. And with fuel prices showing no sign of coming down, you can save serious bling on gas -- plus, there's that teeny detail of cutting your carbon emissions. Employers are wising up to the perks of bike commuting, too, as two-wheeling workers are more productive and don't need parking spaces. Google gave 2,000 bikes to employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa last spring, and the lucky folks at New Belgium Brewing Co. receive a bike after a year of...

September 5, 2008
Patrick
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WCC are planning to make Wilson St (north of Coromandel St in Newtown) a cycle friendly route that will be an alternative to Coromandel St (primarily for east-bound, uphill travel). The attached PDF shows the proposed changes. They're also looking at changes in  the bit connecting Daniell St to Riddiford. Comments to Stuart.Bullen@wcc.govt.nz please

September 5, 2008
AlastairS
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Squeaky Wheel Cycling Project list for the TDC LTCCP   Timaru Urban Projects List - to take cyclists off the Hilton Highway carriageway by creating the shared pathway proposed in the Active Transport Strategy (Page 11, Plan Ref. 34). - the shared pathway construction in Old North Road.Counting Cycling and Walking - The Active Transport Strategy (2006) under "District Wide" section notes "Investigate suitable options for counting cyclists and pedestrians". - TDC to implement a programme of measuring cyclists and pedestrians to supplement the five yearly Census and Annual Ministry of Transport Household Travel Survey for gathering baseline data and to monitor progress towards increasing the numbers cycling and walking. Cycling Maps - Timaru District Council allocates a budget for producing an urban cycling route map showing streets...

September 5, 2008
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September 4, 2008
cymbalista
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Hello there I am very pleased to be able to tell you that a panel of judges has shortlisted the Cycling Advocates' Network  for the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2008 (www.nzosa.org.nz) with the citation: Finalist : Open Source Use for Community Organisations Cycling Advocates' Network for community advocacy through open source We very much hope you and your colleagues will be able to attend the Awards event on 5.30-10pm Wed 24th September at the Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington. If you are not able to get to the event, please let me know. We are very happy for friends or relatives to come in your stead. I have set aside two places for you. We will be sending the shortlist to Computerworld, who may publish it before the event, and there will be a writeup on the NZOSA website after the 24th. If you have any questions, please ask. All the very best! Chris Daish Organiser,...

September 4, 2008
adrian
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SW Meeting Minutes Tuesday September 2nd 08 (5.30-7pm) Present: Wendy Whiting, Ron Paulin, Jon Harris, Liz Cutler, Fiona Whero, Daniel Naude 1. Bike Stands Q) Where are we at with response from TDC? -Jon sent letter to TDC Staff (Andrew, Simon, and Daniel) -TDC discussed this and will investigate installing Sheffield Bike Stands [cost estimate based on CCC: $10,000 for 100 bikes (50 stands) = $200/stand] -SW suggested numbers of initial stands (when demand increases so can the number provided!) and placings: TDC Council Chambers: 5 stands (10 bikes) out front (e.g. ECan-has 3 & CHCH CC has heaps out front) Library: 3 stands (20 bikes) out front (leave old bike stand at back for extra capacity) Farmers Carpark: 5 stands at top of stairs, carparking committee has meetings...

September 3, 2008
Fiona
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Find out who is writing an individual submission, and what it is about. If you want to share with others what your submission is about, please leave a comment.Find out about the issues that matter most to you, and discuss those with other people who share your concern. Here you have a list of issues that people are submitting on. To upload a copy of your submission, please open an account, and create an article. If you don't know how to do it, send email to andrecymb@yahoo.com.General Issues: Robin Edgely (for a policy to lead from a firm cycling plan that includes consultation with cyclists; changes to road infrastructure includes cyclists needs)   Glen Warren (establishment of a cycle network; adopt engineering best practices; create a continuous cycle path)   John Monro (policy must clearly and actively promot an encourage mode shift from private motor vehicle to cycling)   Lynn...

September 3, 2008
cymbalista
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The latest e-newsletter from the OCVS is attached as a Word file for your interest. Stories in this issue include: 01: International non-profit sector comparative report highlights NZ’s unique aspects. 02: History of the Non-Profit Sector in NZ published. 03: Lester Salamon from Johns Hopkins University visits NZ. 04: Enrol now for Good Practice in Action seminar in September. 05: Order your free printed copy of Keeping it Legal. 06: Tax bill introduced. 07: Guidance on impartiality and the upcoming election. 08: Stakeholder engagement network forming in Wellington. 09: Community Central initiative underway. 10: Various reports and publications on communities and government available. 11: Upcoming events & conferences. You may choose to read this online at http://www.ocvs.govt.nz/publications/newsletter/copy-index.html ++End notes. If you do not want to receive any further email...

September 2, 2008
ribell
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The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) says fuel price hikes are inevitable over the foreseeable future, so motorists need to get used to them, or drive less. CAN also calls for the government to increase fuel taxes to help wean New Zealand off its car addiction. CAN spokesperson Axel Wilke says ‘CAN calls for “tax shifting”, where government increases petrol taxes and introduces diesel excise tax while reducing company and income taxes. We need urgent measures to encourage more sustainable travel in line with the New Zealand Transport Strategy. Increasing the petrol price helps reduce dependence on the car, but on its own also has negative impacts for consumers, and for disadvantaged groups especially. Countries such as Austria, Finland, Germany and Sweden use tax-shifting successfully and New Zealand should follow suit.’ As a result CAN says people will have real incentives to walk,...

September 1, 2008
cymbalista
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Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) has appointed well-known cycling advocate and author Patrick Morgan as manager of its Networking Project team.   CAN Chairperson Robert Ibell comments, ‘we have been fortunate in attracting very talented people to CAN. Patrick’s expertise as an advocate, communications professional, project manager and cycling trainer makes him especially well-suited to leading the Networking Project team. A high level of self-motivation and a range of practical skills are required, all of which have been demonstrated through his professional and personal achievements’.   Patrick has been an active member of Cycle Aware Wellington for a number of years, at various times managing the newsletter, website and acting as treasurer. He has also worked as a communications professional and project team leader in institutional and community-based projects. He is particularly...

September 1, 2008
cymbalista
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Treat yourself and enjoy these wonderful photos and commentary of Park Ave, New York, closed to motor vehicles. From the official media release: New York City Department Of Transport and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 9, 16, & 23).

September 1, 2008
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