News: October 2008

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Winners for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced today. Winners for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced. Out of twenty-nine nominations the winners are as follows: Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project: New Plymouth District Council for Foreshore Coastal Pathway NZ Transport  Agency Award for Best Cycling Promotion: Tauranga City Council for Kids Can Ride – for life NZ Transport  Agency Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Business: Bike Central for Cyclist Services/Facilities at Britomart Transport Centre ViaStrada Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation: NZTA for Bike Wise Week Boulter Consulting Award for Cycling Champion of the Year: Robert Ibell - Chair of Cycling Advocates Network   The prize winners in each category were announced at a ceremony in Christchurch on Friday 3rd...

October 6, 2008
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  Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) welcomes its new executive team for the coming year At the AGM on 4 October 2008, Glen Koorey and Axel Wilke were elected as co-chairs to replace Robert Ibell, chair for the last three years. "We are very thankful for Robert's fantastic leadership over the last three years, and are glad that he has made himself available to continue on the executive", Wilke says. Adrian Croucher and Liz Mikkelsen were confirmed as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Last year’s executive members Andrew Macbeth, Jane Dawson, Robert Ibell, Gaz Sanvicens and Graeme Lindup will also continue. Christine Cheyne and Bevan Woodward were welcomed back after a break, while Anne Fitzsimon is new to the executive. Stephen McKernon and Illona Keenan retired from the executive. "We sincerely thank Stephen and Illona for their input and dedication over recent years",...

October 5, 2008
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October 4, 2008
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October 4, 2008
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I have posted some cycling related articles from arround the web that I though may be of interest to some of the people on this site, enjoy. As America Implodes, The Bike Industry Booms "The nation may be wracked by collapsing banks, foreclosed houses and a tanking economy, but there's no sign anything's amiss here at Interbike, the bike industry's annual trade show. In fact, it's party time as a perfect storm of eco-conscious consumerism, health-conscious lifestyles and wallet-sapping gas prices conspires to get people out of cars and onto bikes -- especially electric ones." Video: Ultra-Customized Rwandan Bicycle Taxi "Being a smart young businessman, Alphonse uses his unique bicycle to his advantage, getting extra business from young men who want to ride with him so they can listen to the beats along the way." Ghost Bikes "A stripped down skeletal junk bike is painted...

October 3, 2008
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October 3, 2008
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October 3, 2008
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Oct

NPDC's Draft Cycle Network Infrastructure Upgrade document is comprehensive. To help look at the content, 2 of us went for a ride on Sunday 21st Sept to look at what is proposed for Eliot Street, Coronation Avenue and Mangorei Road. We also looked at the the various works on Mangorei Road subsequent to the audit undertaken last year by one of our members.Eliot Street:From Leach St to Rogan St: Ranked #23rd. The improvements recommended are; Set back the kerb on the west side south of Leach St; Set back the kerb from Pendarves St to Cameron St; Recess the bus stop on the east side between Cameron St and Rogan St; Mark cycle lanes green at major conflict points; Mark cycle lanes south of Leach St. There appears to be a bus stop north of Pendarves St on the east side that needs to be set back too if used. Cycle lanes need to be continuous from Leach St through to those on...

October 3, 2008
Graeme
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Oct

Sadly another cyclist has had to do a second ghost bike up in Whangarei, where 34 year old Lynley Macdonald was struck by a stock truck while training with her dad for the Taupo Challange last week. http://www.ghostbikes.org wrote: Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel. [Click For Link] wrote: Northern Advocate - 25.09.2008  by Kristin Edge  Friends and family are grieving the death of yet another cyclist killed on Northland's unforgiving roads.  Lynley...

October 3, 2008
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October 3, 2008
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October 3, 2008
tkt
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Oct

my chainringIdeally, a singlespeed should have a frame with horizontal dropouts or track-style horizontal fork ends. With this type of frame, the chain tension is regulated by moving the rear axle back and forth in the fork ends. If the chain is too tight, the drive train will bind, perhaps only at one angle of the pedals (chainwheels are not usually perfectly concentric). It should be tight as it can be without binding. If the chain is too loose, it can fall off, usually at the most inconvenient possible time. Set the rear axle so that the chain pulls taut at the tightest part of the cranks' rotation. One at a time, loosen up each of the stack bolts, and tighten it back just finger tight. Spin the crank slowly and watch for the chain to get to its tightest point. Strike the taut chain lightly with a convenient tool to make the chain ring move a bit on its...

October 3, 2008
rpsewell
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Oct

Would have really liked to be at the CAN do this weekend and the associated meetings, events, workshops and rides. However, my work has me based at Scott Base in Antarctica at the moment. Depite living and cylcing in a relatively isolated part of the country, Central Otago, I'm enjoying get back into belonging to a cycling group that is actively promoting cycling and the role I've taken on in helping with the Chainlinks magazine. I look forward to continuing that and will make an effort to meet more of the CAN folk over coming year. I should be back into enzed in about a couple of weeks, plenty enough time to hlep with contributions to the next Chailinks magazine. Best wishes for the CAN Do and all that goes with it. Enjoy the flat and the hills on the rides next week. Stephen Wood,

October 3, 2008
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October 1, 2008
Patrick
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Oct

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October 1, 2008
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