News: January 2009

29
Jan

Here is a sample of the media that is being generated as we move into Bike Wise Month.

January 29, 2009
Patrick
28
Jan

Fear Factor of cycling The "fear factor" is keeping would-be cyclists off the roads in New Zealand. Dr Ben Wooliscroft says driver aggression is the main factor given by people for NOT cycling and he's calling on transport agencies to both improve driver education - and to enforce road rules designed to protect cyclists. Dr Ben Wooliscroft, Otago cycling researcher; Barbara Cuthbert, Co-Chair of Cycle Action Auckland; Mike Noon, AA General Manager of Motoring; and Andy Knackstedt, NZ Transport Agency. Listen here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon

January 28, 2009
Patrick
28
Jan

It has been suggested that we try to coordinate a National Critical Mass Ride (concurrent local critical mass rides nationwide) during Bikewise month. In Rotorua we are doing a Crictical Mass Ride on the morning of 18 February to link in with "Go by Bike Day" and the free breakfast, etc. It would be quite significant if there were 5-10 Critical Mass Rides all going on the same day.  I have pasted in below the email dialogue so far - apologies for not formatting. cheers, chris ============================= And a response from Cycle Action Waiheke, Eldad Collins -----Original Message----- From: Harm Zuidmeer [mailto:harm.zuidmeer@apr.co.nz] Sent: Thursday, 22 January 2009 8:32 a.m. To: Marijke & Tom Ransom Cc: Eldad Collins Subject: Re: Critical Mass Bike ride Hi Tom, Thanks for the response! When i heard that we were planning a mass ride on the 18th I thought "...

January 28, 2009
chris lenth
22
Jan

A variety of bike-themed events have been planned throughout February to mark Bikewise Month, to encourage people of all ages to hop on a bicycle and have fun. For more information on all the biking events, see:http://www.newplymouthnz.com/VisitingNewPlymouth/MajorEvents/WildWestBikeFest.htm Programmes will be available in the next few days from bike shops etc.

January 22, 2009
Graeme
22
Jan

Tour d’Afrique is currently running an essay contest - see www.tourdafrique.com/contest/ Send in your best cycling stories - inspiring, sad, happy, adventurous, etc. - and then they'll open it up to the community to review the submissions and vote for the most interesting ones. The author of the winning story will win a free trip with Tour d'Afrique as a prize, and their story will be published in American Bicyclist and hopefully other cycling magazines in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK. Tour d’Afrique, a Canadian based company, organises four annual trans-continental bicycle races/expeditions... Tour d’Afrique (Cairo to Cape Town) Orient Express (Paris to Istanbul) Silk Route (Istanbul to Beijing) and Vuelta Sudamericana (Rio to Quioto). Good luck!

January 22, 2009
adrian
19
Jan

These gods must be crazy! For a country that shunned cycles and projected cars as the future mode of transport, this is second in a row just in US - to my knowledge. don't know how many of them I have missed.  http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/us-bike-sharing-program-denver-launches-pilot.php  This one is just great http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/bicycle-side-effects.php Sridhar  

January 19, 2009
Sridhar
7
Jan

While there seems to be some effort being made by a few cycle retailers in New Zealand to stock a couple of (token?) 'commuter' style bicycles, there are virtually none selling the fully equipped modern European style urban utility bicycles which are the choice of the much wider demographic who make up the masses of cyclists in the Europe 'cycletopias' and in other countries such as Japan. There is an obsession among New Zealand's existing cycling culture , with speed and with at least, seeming to be going 'hard out'. By catering exclusively for this culture, the cycle retail industry in New Zealand is depriving a lot of ordinary New Zealanders (i.e. the elderly and women in general and those of us disinterested in 'athletic' pursuits) from taking up cycling as an alternative to driving for their everyday transport needs ( i.e. for 'getting around (at a relaxed pace)' as opposed to...

January 7, 2009
urbanbicycles