News: December 2008

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Dec

Welcome to another new online member of Squeaky Wheel - Rob-Commuterdin

December 17, 2008
Jon Harris
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Dec

A couple of recent pieces of work on the economic benefits of cycling tourism are: a NZ Case Study of Cycle Tourists in the South Island and a Survey of the economic benefits of the Otago Central Rail Trail. Does anyone know of any more recent analysis on the potential for economic development through cycling tourism?  Some recent analysis on the potential for economic development through cycling tourism: Cycle Tourism and Regional Development: A New Zealand Case Study. A 1999 paper outlining research on the activities of bicycle tourists travelling in the South Island. It concludes that bicycle tourists are useful in economic revitalisation and diversification but planning and provision of infrastructure are crucial to maximising these benefits http://www.bfa.asn.au/cms/uploads/tourism/ritchie2.pdf The Otago Central Rail Trail Means Business (A survey commissioned by the...

December 17, 2008
Fiona
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Dec

The Cycling Advocates' Network congratulates the Ministry of Transport on its recent release of a new guide for improving cycling and walking facilities in New Zealand. Called 'Raising the Profile of Walking and Cycling in New Zealand: A Guide for Decision-Makers', the guide is the first of its type and represents a milestone for New Zealand. The guide is especially useful because it recognises the economic impacts of cycling and walking in local communities. CAN spokes person Stephen McKernon says "the guide shows recent evidence that walking and cycling are on the increase in New Zealand. It's not so much a case of 'raising the profile' as catching up with what's actually happening. People are walking and cycling more for reasons of health, enjoyment, economics and practicality." McKernon comments, "the guide is especially notable in recognising the economic case for walking...

December 17, 2008
Scorcher
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Dec

Minutes for Squeaky Wheel meeting for December 2ndThose present: Ron Paulin, Liz Cutler, Wally Guise, Max deLacy, Jon Harris, Fiona Whero, Magdalena Lorenzo Bike to Work breakfast, Wednesday 18th February, Bike Wise Week 2009.Decisions: Time - 7.30 - 8.45 Food - Liz, nutritionist, will supervise. Suggestions were savoury and wholemeal muffins, coffee and fruit juice. fruit. Liz will work on ideas and email. Publicity - Leaflet drop in CBD, Wednesday the week before; Article in Herald - Jon to contact Bethany Marett; Contact OJ, Port FM for morning chat; have a sign-up form for people who want to join SW. Suggestion: Unveil the bike parks at the Council building during Bike Wise Week.     Encourage other councillors to ride with the mayor in the Mayoral Challenge.Business Card, published by CAN:Fiona showed what it would look like on her laptop. Choice of colours was discussed - the...

December 16, 2008
Jon Harris
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Dec

The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) welcomes the launch of BikeNZ's recreational membership programme, RideStrong. RideStrong is dedicated to promoting a safe and enjoyable environment for all cyclists, who it notes, "for too long, have travelled at the whims of fast traffic, slow bureaucracy and idle ignorance". CAN spokesperson Stephen McKernon says, "it is great to see a recreational cycling programme speaking out so strongly for cyclists' rights. We hope RideStrong can build a large membership quickly and can impact on cycling with the assertiveness it has voiced to date. We look forward to working with them to build increasing support for cycling. "Cycling advocacy is entering a new phase", says McKernon. "We're starting to harness the huge numbers of cyclists in New Zealand. About a third of the population cycles, whether for fitness, pleasure or as a means of transport...

December 15, 2008
Scorcher
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Dec

At RaboPlus we're celebrating our new principal sponsorship of BikeNZ and New Zealand cyclists by offering you this great promotion. Join RideStrong, a brand new cycling community that's here to make cycling safer and more enjoyable, and you could win a $2000 AvantiPlus voucher.To enter, simply: Join the RideStrong community (at the 'Ride Stronger' or 'Ride Strongest' membership levels) Login into your RaboPlus account and send us a secure email stating your RideStrong membership number prefixed with RS (e.g. RS000051) We'll then put you into the draw

December 14, 2008
Sridhar
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Dec

boring but biking MANAWATU-WANGANUI REGION 24 Type: Misc Authority: Horowhenua DC Notified: 5/12/2008 Sub Close: 30/01/2009 Applicant: Horowhenua DC Service: Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540 Location: Walking and Cycling Strategy Keywords: roading & transportation Council is proposing to adopt a Walking and Cycling Strategy.   At a meeting of Council held on 5 November 2008 a draft Walking and Cycling Strategy was adopted for consultation purposes. The New Zealand Transport Strategy 2008 prepared by the Ministry of Transport seeks to encourage walking and cycling. A key target in the strategy is to see an increase in walking, cycling and other active modes to...

December 12, 2008
julied
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Dec

Dear Patrick,   I am a second year medical (MBCHB) student from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. A selection of medical students undertake summer studentships for 10 weeks to further research in an area of interest, producing a written report at the end of the project. Currently I am doing a studentship with Public Health Research Fellow (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Dr. Alex Macmillan and we are comparing the 'effective speeds' of cars, buses and bicycles in Auckland.  Anne referred your contact details on to me and suggested I contact you, as you are very knowledgeable concerning bicycle use in Auckland.   The specific aim for our project is: "To build on Paul Tranter's work in Australia about the 'effective speed' of different transport choices and to analyse the effective speed by income and ethnicity in New Zealand." We are focusing on Auckland in 2006 (same year as...

December 12, 2008
Patrick
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Dec

On Sunday, Dec 7 Aucklanders were allowed to cycle on the soon to be commissioned (for vehicles only) extension to the northern motorway out of Auckland, between Orewa and Puhoi. It's great stretch of riding (including the 385m tunnel) and a real shame that Transit/NZTA are excluding cyclists from it when it's opened. It was awesome to see the large number of cyclists of all ages and types out in force. It's clear that we'd get a huge turn out of cyclists on the Auckland Harbour bridge if NZTA allows a trial this summer.

December 11, 2008
Anne F
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Dec

Earlier in the year I made a submission on behalf of CAN to Statistics NZ about getting bicycle oriented questions into the 2011 census. The Statistics NZ Response has been published. We submitted that information on bicycles available in households should be collected, as well as the existing question on number of cars. It's possible this may be acted on: "Some respondents suggested the expansion of the topic to collect additional information, including how frequently each vehicle is used, distance travelled, main reason for using a vehicle, and ownership of other forms of transport. Collecting information about other forms of transport was seen as important, given current fuel costs and an expectation that the use of motor vehicles is likely to decline by 2011. Increasing awareness of climate change and provision for sustainable travel were seen as contributing to the decline. "

December 10, 2008
AlastairS
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Dec

Police Wellington News Release   9:29am 9 December 2008 http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release.html?id=4566   A 45-year-old truck driver will face a charge of careless driving causing death and has been summonsed to appear in the Lower Hutt District Court on 20 January 2009. Inspector Richard Chambers, Lower Hutt Police Area Commander, said the information has been laid following the completion of the fatal Petone crash investigation. The crash happened on 19 June on The Esplanade, Petone, and claimed the life of Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald, the national manager of the Police Communications Centres, who had been cycling home from work. Inspector Chambers said Mr Fitzgerald's family has been advised of the prosecution decision.  As the case is now before the court, police will not be making further comment.

December 9, 2008
Scorcher
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Dec

SBS Events Centre banners were produced by Photoarts NZ. Liz contacted Richard Benson at the Centre and he thought the banner we want might cost us $300 Follow this link to see their website with samples of their work:  http://www.photoarts.co.nz/ - Thank you Liz!  Mike DiLuzio responded with information about specs and costs. Here attached are the files showing the choice in banners from photoarts and the prices.

December 3, 2008
Jon Harris
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Dec

The Green Party today welcomes the Upper Hutt Police joining Nelson Police in allocating mountain bikes to some officers for their patrol work. Green Party Spokesperson on Active Transport (cycling and walking) Kevin Hague says it is especially valuable that police officers will experience first hand the challenges faced by urban cyclists both in roading design and maintenance, and inconsiderate and dangerous behaviour from other road users. "It's a great development from so many angles. For one thing the use of bikes by the police sends a powerful signal about the practicality of cycling for getting around and about the legitimacy of cyclists as road users." "We hope it will also raise police awareness of some of the challenges that cyclists face, leading to a more assertive and effective approach from police in keeping cyclists safe. This in turn should increase the number...

December 3, 2008
Scorcher
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Dec

http://www.ocvs.govt.nz/publications/newsletter/index.html

December 3, 2008
adrian
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Dec

December 2, 2008
chris lenth
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Dec

The launching of a new cycle advocacy group might mean that CAN is not the only voice for cycle advocacy in New Zealand. On Saturday the Otago Daly times carried a short story about the lanch of a new cycle advocacy group called RideStrong, at the Lake Taupo challenge. I found a fuller article on the following webpage   http://www.sportzhub.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=...  Which leads off as follows     RideStrong to offer cyclists united voice in NZ Friday, 28 November 2008 More than one million cyclists will be invited to join a new organisation to give those on two wheels a voice in New Zealand. The RideStrong movement will be dedicated to promoting a safe...

December 2, 2008
stephenw
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Dec

Come hear guest speaker (Pro Cyclist) Julian Dean, at Parksyde, Tarewa Place, Rotorua Tuesday 16 December at 7.30 pm.

December 1, 2008
chris lenth
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Dec

Next February is Bike Wise month. A great opportunity for Squeaky Wheel to promote itself and increase membership. To help CAN is offering to coordinate and pay for the design and printing of a folded postcard or a business card for Squeaky Wheel to hand out to people at Bike Wise and other events. Attached is brief info. on how to get this happening - its easy! Plus some possible designs. We want to get the design done by Christmas, so that we have time in January to get them printed and sent out to you. We need to know Squeaky Wheel requirements by Friday (5 December).  I haved posted separately to Jon last Friday but thought should post here too! Regards Fiona

December 1, 2008
Fiona