News: March 2009

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Mar

Submissions are due 18 March on the Wellington Waterfront project - is someone preparing a CAW submission?

March 13, 2009
AlastairS
12
Mar

Quarterly Report for CAN Networking project, January - March 2009 To: Gerry Dance, New Zealand Transport Agency From: CAN 31 March 2009 Actions Outcomes 1a) Develop governance and organisational structure of CAN to ensure it can support its activities CAN Exec and Staff planning meeting held, Palmerston North, 28 Feb-1 Mar. Handbook for Executive and staff: http://can.org.nz/book/can-executive-and-staff-handbook Kirsten Shouler started as North Island Project Officer to cover Anne Gummer's maternity leave. Continuing work to investigate future CAN commercial opportunities (discussions with Living Streets, GrowWellington, Cancer Society, Inst of Directors) 1b) Build relationships with key...

March 12, 2009
Patrick
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Mar

2 recent posts from thethinktank@bikecollectives.org - a list serve for bikecollectives (and like minded folks) that can be accessed at: http://www.bikecollectives.org/ =========================================== from:thethinktank-bounces@bikecollectives.org on behalf of jamesbleds0e@yahoo.com subject: carbon bike credits Grey, Thanks for your response, I too have attempted to contact various cap and trade outfits with no response from any of them. You have had more luck. I do not trust the big boys to ever or in time for us to make faster or more dramatic changes to the car based transportation system get us money for using bicycles. The idea I am proposing is a regional, self administered, self funded and self actualized program. I do not want to wait for government or bureaucracy to sanction or fund our various cycle-centric organizations This is a program to collectively do it...

March 10, 2009
chris lenth
10
Mar

 Presenting Submissions in Person Submissions may be to a Council meeting, special hearing panel, Community Board, or other agency Board meeting Where the opportunity is available, always request in a written submission the opportunity to present your submission in person. You can always withdraw later if it is not critical Don't assume your audience have read or can recall your written submission Reasons for submitting in person A number of strategic opportunities: Agencies can become familiar with you/your group To highlight and reiterate key points of your written submission To provide additional evidence obtained since your written submission To counter likely questions/arguments posed by the hearing panel or other submitters To present information better suited to a visual, auditory, or in-person situation Opportunity to be reported on by watching media (esp...

March 10, 2009
Alex admin
10
Mar

A lot simpler than a "technical"/detailed submission May be a simple email or reply post form with "I support/Don't Support" Can be viewed with some importance by Politicians trying to gauge level of support (sometimes too much importance...) Can be useful to encourage lots of members to submit simple submissions like this (provide them with email address, website, and feedback forms) Staff reporting on numbers and comments varies around the place "Numbers Game" Submissions General Comments A lot simpler than a "technical"/detailed submission May be a simple email or reply post form with "I support/don't support" Can be viewed with some importance by politicians trying to gauge level of support (sometimes too much importance...) Can be useful to encourage lots of members to submit simple submissions like this. Provide them with email address, website, and feedback forms...

March 10, 2009
Alex admin
10
Mar

A general guide for Cyclists on submissions   Creating Effective Submissions Submissions are an important part of getting cycling needs heard You don't have to be technical expert or brilliant word smith to be effective (but it helps for some specialist consultations) It is more important to follow a few common rules and add your personal touch Types of submissions 1 Written "Numbers Game" Submissions -adding additional votes of support/dissent to assist decision-makers deliberate 2 Written Technical/Detailed submissions - help agencies produce the best solution Ideas for submissions - cheap things to ask your council for 3 Submissions in Person -sometimes strategically useful (often additional to a written submission, i.e. "speaking to a written submission") What can be submitted on It is important to be aware of all possible issues that may come up...

March 10, 2009
Alex admin
9
Mar

 Calendar of dates for submissions LTCCP 2009-2019 Wellington City Council LTCCP 2009-2019 16 April - 18 May 2009 - written submissions 25 May 2009 - oral submissions starthttp://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/annualplan/ltccp/ltccpengagement.htmlhttp://www.wellington.govt.nz/plans/annualplan/ltccp/discussion.html http://www.wellington.govt.nz/haveyoursay/publicinput/ltccp/2009ltccp.html Hutt City LTCCP 2009-2019 30 March - 30 April 2009 - written submissions 13 May - 14 May 2009 - oral submissions If you’d like to make a submission, you can do so by completing and sending the questionnaire at www.huttcity.govt.nz/communityplan (the questionnaire will be available on Hutt City website by 30 March) emailing your submission to communityplan@huttcity.govt.nz   returning your completed questionnaire or...

March 9, 2009
Patrick
9
Mar

By ROBERT SULLIVAN Published: March 6, 2009 "SOMETIMES, when I am biking, I remember the ’80s, and I shudder. I remember, in other words, when biking was an extreme sport, when, if you were a biker, you had a lot of locks and a lot more nerve." On bike etiquette: being bike ambassadors, giving way to walkers, obeying traffic signals etc http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/nyregion/thecity/08bike.html?pagewante...

March 9, 2009
Patrick
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Mar

Bicycle pannier bags for cycle touring are very expensive. For general commuting cycling something cheaper may be sufficient. A simple way to re-use something that you may find kicking around your office is to convert old conference bags to panniers. almost free panniers Instructions here.

March 6, 2009
Patrick
5
Mar

From Sustrans (UK): The National Cycle Network offers 10,000 miles of cycle routes, running right through urban centres and reaching all parts of the UK. It is designed to encourage people to start cycling again and to be a safe and attractive resource for families, novices and experienced cyclists. One third of the National Cycle Network will be on traffic-free paths providing a major new amenity for walkers and people with disabilities. On all routes.. Please be courteous! Always cycle with respect for others, whether other cyclists, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, horse riders or drivers, and acknowledge those who give way to you. On shared use paths... One third of National Cycle Network is on traffic-free paths, such as disused railway routes. These are designed for shared use by cyclists and walkers. They are often suitable for wheelchairs and...

March 5, 2009
Patrick
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Mar

Learn all the techniques you need for the care and maintenance of your bike. This course starts with the very basics of bike maintenance and then works towards developing a broad range of mechanical skills to keep your bike in perfect condition. The 4-week course for adults is run as part of Rongotai College's Community Education programme. It starts on 5 March and runs for 4 consecutive Thursdays between 7 pm and 9 pm. The cost is just $65. To enrol, or for more information please phone the coordinator on 939 3056 or email comed@rongotai.school.nz

March 4, 2009
Patrick
4
Mar

Listen to Rod Oram's interview on the National Cycleway. The item was on National Radio on 3rd March 2009. Updated with links to reports as they come to hand. Listen to Rod Oram's interview on the National Cycleway (MP3 attached below). The item was on National Radio on 3rd March 2009. His points: it need to be a network, not just an end-to-end route; CAN working on Freeway Zero; needs more than $50 million; benefits would be huge for locals and tourists; could include Auckland Harbour Bridge. How the cycleway became the PM's pet project, Sunday Star Times, 2 March 2009 Bruce Sheppard on Stuff: Let's get this cycle way right, 4 March 2009 Axel Wilke on Newstalk ZB, 2 March 2009 Brian Rudman: Don't recycle culture into construction, 4 March, NZ HeraldGarth George: On yer bike - not bloody likely, 5 March, NZ Herald Discussion on Vorb...

March 4, 2009
Patrick
3
Mar

Wrap-up of Go by Bike Day Breakfast. Well done. Good publicity, thanks Bethany and Timaru Herald.  Thanks Liz for the yummy food and all the organisation. Good support from SW members.  Many thanks to Verna for pulling punters in off the street in town.  Jane your good work setting it all up was great.   Ideas for 2010. More and better signage at the sites and posters at key worksites, especially in Washdyke.  

March 3, 2009
paulindr
2
Mar

This is a letter I received which explains the purpose of the meeting.  This is hugely significant to South Canterbury. Who is the most knowledgeable person to attend the South Canterbury workshop on behalf of Squeaky Wheel? Dear Fiona You are invited to attend a workshop for the development of the Central Canterbury portion of the Canterbury Regional Cycle Network. The planning of a regional network of cycle routes to link districts and provide connections with surrounding regions was identified as a major project in the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy 2002-2007.  A number of projects have since been undertaken to continue developing this network. In 2008, Environment Canterbury contracted ViaStrada Ltd to assist the Regional Land Transport team with the development of a regional cycle planning map within the framework of the Cycling in...

March 2, 2009
Fiona
2
Mar

Listen here to CAN Co-Chair Axel Wilke's live interview on the National Cycleway. The item was on NewsTalk ZB (Wellington) on 2nd March 09.

March 2, 2009
Anne F
2
Mar

helpful documents relating to cycle touringHi, These three documents seem rather relevant given the recent enthusiasm from the Government for cycleways, together with the Freeway Zero project that CAN is involved in! National Cycle Touring Routes - Some Thoughts on Where to Go from Here (presentation given by Glen Koorey to the NZ Cycling Conference in 2001, attached here in two formats: the full paper, and a slide show) Bicycle Tourism and Regional Development (a paper by Brent W. Ritchie & Michael Hall) A paper on the economic impacts of the Otago Central Rail Trail (at http://www.centralotagorailtrail.co.nz/reports/Report%202008.pdf ) Cheers, Robert

March 2, 2009
ribell
1
Mar

Minutes Bike Wise debrief Thanks to Liz for great food. Muffins (40), fruit, yoghurt. Thanks to Ron for all his organisation, attending Bike Wise Organising Team meetings etc. Washdyke: ~12-20 cyclists. 7am-8am. Cyclists too busy getting to work to stop. Sign at Alpine Energy earlier.  Church Street: ~ 30 cyclists. 7.45am-8.45am (most arriving around 8.30am). Good venue as cyclists slowing for roundabout & site very visible.  Office workers attending. Verna stopped cyclists for breakfast Bike Wise goodie pack: 2 rear and 2 front lights, 2 vests, 20x ankle bands Drink Bottles (5) given out to South School as requested by Jane What was good: Timing of event; Good coverage before hand; good food Ideas for next year Better signage, put posters up at big worksites.  More publicity. Cater for at least 40 cyclists.  Bigger lettering...

March 1, 2009
Jon Harris