News: October 2008

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Oct

Resources on cycle parking 1. Workplace cycle parking guidehttp://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/businessandpartners/Workplace-Cycle-Parking-Guide.pdf 2. Where do I park my bicycle?http://www.veksoe.com/5/default.asp?PageID=8526 3. Cycle Parking Initiatives in the Auckland Regionhttp://can.org.nz/resources/cycle-parking-initiatives-in-the-auckland-region 4. Cycle-friendly employers guidehttp://can.org.nz/library/cycle-friendly-employer-guide 5. And in the CAN library:"Bicycle parking in the Netherlands"http://can.org.nz/library/bicycle-parking-in-the-netherlands 6. Trevor Woodward has a Wellington business installing secure parking, e.g. at DoC head Office. tel 021-484-213, or 04-973 0533, trevor@steeled.co.nz secure bike parkingDoC head office, Willis St, Wellington UK Cycle Stands 7. Suppliers Fulton Hogan supplies...

October 31, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

  Cyclist Anne FitzSimon fights for space with traffic at the Trafalgar St lights. Ms FitzSimon says there should be a national campaign on bike safety because Nelson City Council campaigns are not enough. She believed a third of motorists were drifting into bicycle lanes and advanced stop boxes - the green area cyclists wait in at traffic lights - which was a safety problem. Motorists know not to drift into other lanes, so the same care should be taken not to drift into bike lanes or advanced stop boxes, she said. Mrs FitzSimon wants to see police target motorists to educate them on keeping cyclists safe. "They need to realise we are human beings." She cites parts of Waimea Rd and all the curves on Rocks Rd as the main problem areas where vehicles cut into cycle lanes. "Every time they drive in them, unless they are parking, it's illegal....

October 28, 2008
Anne F
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Oct

A virtuous cycle: safety in numbers for riders says research By Dan Gaffney September 3, 2008 It seems paradoxical but the more people ride bicycles on our city streets, the less likely they are to be injured in traffic accidents, say injury experts who will speak at a forthcoming cycling safety seminar in Sydney. Local and international research reveals that as cycling participation increases, a cyclist is far less likely to collide with a motor vehicle or suffer injury and death - and what's true for cyclists is also true for pedestrians. And it's not simply because there are fewer cars on the roads, but because motorists seem to change their behaviour and drive more safely when they see more cyclists and pedestrians around. Studies in many countries have shown consistently that the number of motorists colliding with walkers or cyclists doesn't increase equally with the...

October 28, 2008
Patrick
27
Oct

Plea to raise driving age to stop 15-year-olds killing Article in The Press, Friday 17th October 2008

October 27, 2008
Jon Harris
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Oct

October 25, 2008
SteveX
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Oct

Following my interview on Radio NZ on 23 Oct 2008 about compulsory helmet wearing legislation, I got contacted by a few cyclists expressing concerns about me campaigning against helmets. For clarification, I had an interview of about 10 minutes with the reporter. When you then translate that into one sentences that gets broadcast, naturally the message gets somewhat truncated. Here's a transcript of what did get broadcast: "So what the minister is basically referring to is that the moment that the compulsorary helmet wearing legislation was introduced, it is estimated that the number of people cycling dropped by a good 20%." During the interview, my main messages were: CAN has been calling for an objective review of the law for a number of years. This is part of our policy statement. Some of our members believe that the compulsory wearing of helmets should be revoked (I...

October 24, 2008
Anonymous
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Oct

Hi Squeaky Wheelers, Wally has proposed the idea of dedicating South Canterbury's first Critical Mass ride on October 31st (5.30pm - meet at Piazza!) to the memory of Alice Baker, who was killed when hit by a car along the Pleasant Point Highway on Sunday. Is there any other feedback on this idea? It would mean we would also ride the Hilton Highway, another difficult stretch for cyclists.  

October 23, 2008
Jon Harris
23
Oct

Dear CAN Wellington,  We hope this production of HEAT will be of interest to you and your members. Please let me know if you need any other information. $5 TICKETS FOR HEAT –  Just get on your bike! HEAT has one special seat to experience the show every night! As the production is run entirely off the power grid – using  solar, wind and renewable energy means, we’re inviting one audience member to create their own power – watching the show on a monitor in the foyer powered by an exercycle! Please note the show is 100 mins long – you don’t need to peddle fast, but you do need to peddle for the entire show! Please note – this production is suitable for years 12 & 13 upwards only – contains nudity Sincerely, Brianne Kerr Ice Floe Productions proudly presents the STAB season of: HEAT A woman, a man, and a penguin – theatre of the Antarctic  Sometimes extreme...

October 23, 2008
Patrick
23
Oct

NZTA Wellington office tel 04 894 5200Hutt City Council General Contact Information Postal:                          Street Address:                Phone: 04-570 6666 Hutt City Council            30 Laings Road                Fax: 04-569 4290 Private Bag 31912  Lower Hutt 5040                                     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Road Safety Jan Simmons                                   Phone: 04 570 6730 Road Safety Coordinator   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Roading tbc                                       Senior Traffic Engineer                       ...

October 23, 2008
Christina
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Oct

Expert says NZ should aim for zero road toll More than 400 people are killed on the roads every year in New Zealand, but a visiting Swedish traffic safety expert says we should be much more ambitious in our policies and aim for zero road deaths. Professor Claes Tingvall is the controversial keynote speaker at a seminar at the University of Otago, Wellington this week and has been invited to enhance discussion of road safety in this country. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0810/S00098.htm I attended this presentation today. Some of it is drawn from this presentation: (http://www.esafetysupport.org/download/working_groups/IRM%20(2)/13%20Anders%20Lie.pdf) My notes: Professor Claes Tingvall, Monash Uni and Swedish Road Administration "Foreigners can say things you can't say in your own country." Vision Zero does not mean zero fatalities. It is: 1. a vision for...

October 23, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

FREE workshops on how to commute Discover how easy it is to commute to work by bike and get your summer off to a great start. Learn everything you need to know about commuting to work or school with practical demonstrations about all the gear from Cycle Aware Wellington. Thursday 13 November, 12-1pm Monday 17 November, 5-6pm Wednesday 26 November, 12-1pm Thursday 4 December, 5-6pm Meet: Wellington City Council, Wakefield St, Committee Room Two (ground floor) Just turn up, there is no need to book.  

October 23, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

Cyclist death shows need for safer infrastructure and motorist education After the tragic death on Pleasant Point Highway of a young cyclist out training the local cycling advocates group, Squeaky Wheel South Canterbury is calling for urgent improvements in roading design and motorist education. Squeaky Wheel spokesperson, Jon Harris says that the death of this outstanding young member of our community shows that rapid progress must be made towards making our roads safer for cyclists. Alice Baker was out training on her cycle when she was struck from behind by an even younger driver. "The crash is a terrible blow for both families. It should be a wake-up call to all roading authorities and road users in South Canterbury. With the drive towards more sustainable transport, unless changes are made to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists on our roads, we are going to lose...

October 23, 2008
Jon Harris
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Oct

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00505.htm

October 23, 2008
adrian
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Oct

"Protagonists on both sides of the bitterly-disputed Lovelock Ave debate have returned to their corners, and now await the judges' decision. A resource consent hearing into the issue - reconvened following two days of hearings earlier this month - was adjourned yesterday, after a right of reply from Dunedin City Council planner Darryl Sycamore, and closing submissions from council counsel Michael Garbett. Commissioners Roger Tasker and Allan Cubitt and city councillor Colin Weatherall plan to undertake a site visit and, barring calls for more evidence, should then consider the matter. The council wants to realign Lovelock Ave to allow the Dunedin Botanic Garden more room for the rhododendron dell. The realignment would allow relocation of propagation houses and administration buildings, and deal with what are said to be safety issues related to the road. The plan has proved...

October 22, 2008
em.oyston
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Oct

This is a link to an article in the Timaru Herald today: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaruherald/4733925a6010.htmlMany of us in the district will have had contact with the Bakers. This is of course very tragic and sad as always in such a case. I'm contacting you to seek your feedback with a view to Squeaky Wheel making some kind of media statement. This case relates to a bit of a 'pet topic' of mine, the Pleasant Point highway, (being the highway I use all the time),  that has oodles of room along most of its length for an off-road cycle-walkway, or at least for a widened shoulder or on-road cycle lane. The Temuka-Timaru highway is similar for some of its length, although it is Highway One and busier, as you know, but it is almost the same distance from Timaru. I'd be interested to know what you think. Cheers - Jon Harris

October 22, 2008
Jon Harris
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Oct

9:08AM Tuesday Oct 21, 2008 Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash which left a south Canterbury cyclist on a training ride dead at the weekend. Alice Swainson Baker, 24, a laboratory technician, of Rosewill Valley, northwest of Timaru, was among five people killed on New Zealand roads over the weekend. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10538611&r...

October 21, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

Here's a bunch of biking events in November and December coordinated by WCC. Cycle into Summer is back Kick-start your summer by discovering the fun and freedom of cycling! We have lots of workshops, events and courses to get you and your friends and family on bikes and having a blast. Even if you don't have a bike you can borrow one for some of our events. Sharpen your skills in mountain biking or road riding or learn the art of commuting to work. Learn to keep your ride in top shape at our maintenance courses or bring the family down to Bike the Bays and enjoy a picnic in Waitangi Park. Even if you don’t have a bike you can borrow one for some of our events or swap your car for a bike at Green My Ride. Sharpen your skills in BMX, mountain biking or road riding. Learn the art of commuting to work...

October 21, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

"Hundreds of cyclists, walkers and roller-bladers took advantage of a sunny spring day to welcome the opening of the extension of the harbourside cycleway-walkway to Maia, on the harbour's edge in Dunedin yesterday. Harbour Cycle Network co-ordinator Steve Walker said he had cycled the 1.3km extension from Maia to the Ravensbourne Yacht Club and said it reinforced his views the cycle-way was "one of the most beautiful in the world". The extension, which cost about $350,000 and was funded from a national pool for such projects, was started in May and finished recently. It runs from the Ravensbourne Yacht Club to opposite Jessie St, in Maia. The first 1.2km section of the cycleway, which starts at the end of Magnet St, near the Otago University Rowing Club, cost $220,000 and was completed in 2006. Mr Walker said the plan was to continue to lobby the Dunedin City Council and...

October 20, 2008
em.oyston
20
Oct

Contents in this issue are: 01: New Director for the Office for the Community & Voluntary Sector. 02: Assessment of government responsiveness underway. 03: International authority Steven Rathgeb-Smith shares relationship insights in NZ. 04: ‘Living’ document lists examples of NZ efforts to build better government engagement. 05: November date for next Good Practice in Action seminar. 06: Glenda McCallum makes the change to ChangeMakers. 07: Keeping it Legal online, but out of print. 08: OCVS Analyst notes similarities & differences at Australian volunteering conference. 09: NZ Non-Profit Study reports prove popular. 10: New Community Outcomes website gives collaboration a boost. 11: Australia looks to National Compact to strengthen relationships. 12: Britain releases updated Code of Practice to support...

October 20, 2008
adrian
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Oct

Bike Wise 2008 went off!! Congratulations to everyone who took part in Bike Wise activities during 2008 – we hope you had an enjoyable experience and are still out there on your bike! Bike Wise is a nationally coordinated event that promotes safety and biking as a sustainable, fun, healthy and enjoyable means of transport. Bike Wise is funded by the NZ Transport Agency and the Ministry of Health. Bike Wise would like to thank all the event coordinators, schools, workplaces and community groups that ran events. Well done and thank you for all your efforts in making Bike Wise a success this year. 2008 was the biggest Bike Wise ever, with over 100,000 people taking part. See attached PDF newsletter for more

October 17, 2008
Patrick