News: May 2009

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Dear OAC member or supporter The Ministry of Health’s contract with OAC expires on 30 June 2009. We have been advised that the continuation of the contract has been considered, along with other nutrition and physical activity services that the Ministry funds, and as part of the Government’s line by line review of departmental expenditure and the efficiency, effectiveness and value for money of programmes such as ours. Unfortunately, as a result of this review our contract will not renewed after 30 June 2009. The Ministry has acknowledged and commended OAC for our significant contribution towards actively advocating to reduce the prevalence and impact of obesity in New Zealand, as well as promoting healthy lifestyles and influencing the development of healthy public policy on the prevention of obesity. So, where does this leave OAC? We will continue operating as we are until the end of...

May 20, 2009
adrian
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May

It will be different spokes for different folks, with a new bike-hire scheme to be introduced in Wellington. Nextbike, based in Auckland, will hire out 100 custom-built bikes from up to 20 sites in central Wellington from October to May. Nextbike boss Julian Hulls said the German-designed, Chinese-built cycles would be ideal for tourists to move around Wellington during the Rugby World Cup. They could also be used on the great rides cycling project championed by Prime Minister John Key. "They [hire bikes] are a missing piece of the puzzle really." The bikes have three gears, mud and chain guards, a luggage basket, and upright seat. "You don't want something that you have to wear [spandex] to use. It is nice and easy to ride." Safety helmets, which must be worn, are permanently attached to each bike. The bikes are not sold in shops, which Mr Hulls said would eliminate the resale of...

May 20, 2009
Patrick
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BRUSSELS, Belgium - Last Friday, at the final day of the international conference on cycling policy, Velo-city 2009, 27 cities signed the “Charter of Brussels” in the European Parliament. With this Charter the cities commit themselves to achieve at least a 15% share of all trips made in urban areas to be done by bicycle. Today, this share stands at about 5 % in Europe. Next to the mayors from EU cities also the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee signed the Charter of Brussels whereby they commit themselves to investing in cycling policy by both infrastructure planning and promotion of bicycle use. The Velo-city conference series is the most important conference in cycling policy in the world and is hosted every two years by a European city. Velo-city is organized by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) which is recognised as the first address in the...

May 20, 2009
Patrick
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May

15 May 2009 Cycle Aware Wellington welcomes Minister of Tourism John Key's proposal for a series of Great Rides forming the backbone of a national cycleway. An iconic Great Ride will be the Great Harbour Way, a cycling and walking route around Wellington Harbour (http://www.greatharbourway.org.nz/). "The Great Harbour Way route passes Wellington Airport, the ferry terminals and railway station, and so will be accessible to tourists visiting Wellington and in transit to the South Island," says CAW spokesman Patrick Morgan. "There are few places in the world where you can cycle and walk the entire shoreline of a major harbour." The route also provides connections to the Hutt River Trail and the Rimutaka Rail Trail. Once the "gap" - the lack of a good cycling and walking route between Ngauranga and Petone - is fixed, cyclists will be able to travel from Wellington city to the...

May 19, 2009
Patrick
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May

The Green Party has extended its agreement with National to include the New Zealand Cycleway Project. "The cycleway can benefit the economy and the environment at the same time, and we strongly support this type of Green New Deal spending," said Green Party Tourism spokesperson Kevin Hague. "We look forward to working with the Prime Minister to see a network of cycleways spread across the country." The agreement to support the cycleway initiative has been added to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties. Signed in April, the MOU committed National and the Green Party to working on policy initiatives in areas of common interest that include a home insulation programme, energy efficiency standards and the regulation of natural health products. Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman said more initiatives may be added: "We will keep looking for common ground where...

May 19, 2009
Scorcher
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A pedal-powered printer is proving a hit with Ricoh staff and customers. On World Environment Day each year Ricoh, a company which manufactures printers, copiers and fax machines, has its own Eco Action Day. On June 5 Ricoh will again be powering appliances through its custom built Power Cycle generator. Ricoh NZ's MD Mike Pollok pedalling the Power Cycle In previous years Ricoh has invited special guests such as ex-All Blacks, politicians and TV presenters to take a turn on the Power Cycle, with their output being used to supply electricity which in turn powers a printer. Volunteers had a photo taken and printed out using only their legs for power. The Power Cycle works through a small generator coupled to an exercycle. This charges a battery pack which runs through an inverter to create a 240V AC current. This can then be connected to any standard appliance...

May 18, 2009
Patrick
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May

http://yesmagazine.org/article.asp?id=3441 Bike Kitchens: Building Community, Bikesby Rob Forbes entrance to San Fran Bike Kitchen   I’ve been trying to avoid discussions of the recession—there is more than enough gloom and doom coming at us from the mainstream media. Instead, I’ve been looking for optimistic stories: Where do you see people really enjoying themselves (even though their disposable income may have completely disappeared)? What looks and feels happy on the streets and in our communities? At the top of my list are the ‘bike kitchens’ that can now be found in most of our cities. A bike kitchen is a community-based, hands-on workshop that provides free (or almost free) help to people who need to fix their bikes. Think soup kitchen—if they also taught you how to make soup. Bike kitchens have the feel of communal gardens: people...

May 18, 2009
chris lenth
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Zen proverb A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, ‘Why are you riding your bicycles?’ The first student replied, ‘The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!’ The teacher praised the first student. ‘You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do.’ The second student replied, ‘I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!’ The teacher commended the second student, ‘Your eyes are open, and you see the world.’ The third student replied, ‘When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo.’ The teacher gave his praise to the third student, ‘Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel.’ The fourth student...

May 18, 2009
Patrick
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Dunedin Cycling hits the headlines again! http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/dunedin/56112/transport-options-dominate-hearings (Adrienne Mulqueen (Spokes Dunedin new Secretary) is quoted, unfortunately left out Spokes so looks like she speaks for Grey Power!, but her topics were listed and she is writing a letter to the editor to get the proposals correctly attributed) http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/dunedin/56122/funding-excites-cycleway-backers http://www.odt.co.nz/your-town/dunedin/56114/cycleway-tops-list-dunedin-roading-issues (Phaedra is quoted) Well done Spokes Dunedin! Go for it at Otago Regional Transport Committee (RTC) hearings on Tuesday at 1.10pm at Stafford St Otago Regional Council Building.

May 15, 2009
Fiona
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From Graham Reid at http://publicaddress.net/default,5885,the_wheels_of_progress.sm#post5885 The Wheels of Progress The prime minister's announcement this week of the new nationwide $50 million cycleway to be completed in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup has been met with widespread approval, notably from people in the historic Wellington suburbs of Karori and Khandallah which will be most affected by the six-lane route running from North Cape to somewhere called "Bluff". A significant part of the plan -- which will be pushed though Parliament early next week under urgency -- means that 360 homes, many of them heritage buildings, will be demolished in Khandallah and Karori to make way for the cycle lane. The ambitious project, says the prime minister, will be a boost to tourism and employ 847 people over the next two years. Or not, he added. Although some of the homes in the...

May 15, 2009
Scorcher
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CAN is meeting with Superintendant Paula Rose, Police National Road Safety manager on 24 June: a great chance to discuss with the Police some important issues affecting cyclists.  Please post any comments or suggestions for the meeting. Draft agenda is below: Reducing speed limit enforcement tolerance Light sentences or decision not to prosecute for drivers hitting cyclists Changing the assumption of responsibility in motor vehicle/cycle crashes Legal/enforcement issues, including how far left is 'keep left'?, 'undertaking' motorists on the left, safe passing gap Traffic Management Plans: when are they needed? Police 'Cycle Aware' training workshops: possibility of Police HQ endorsement for national roll-out of Wellington course Road Safety 2010 revision Police on bikes Cycle skills/safety training: current Police involvement & vision for the future  

May 15, 2009
ribell
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The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) welcomes the Government’s decision to allocate $50 million over three years to start the New Zealand Cycleway Project. The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) welcomes the Government’s decision to allocate $50 million over three years to start the New Zealand Cycleway Project. CAN spokesperson Stephen McKernon says ‘the funding is an important start to the Project. It will contribute directly to international and domestic tourism and will provide great recreational rides for New Zealand’s 1.3 million cyclists. Local businesses will benefit immediately and directly, as the evidence from the Otago Central Rail Trail shows. Everyone wins.’ ‘There are also benefits for local communities as the Cycleway will stimulate additional investment in local infrastructure, jobs and community facilities. A stronger network will also encourage people to cycle more often...

May 14, 2009
Scorcher
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From transport planners McCormick Rankin Cagney: We are pulling together a report outlining the benefits of walking and cycling, and I was wondering if you could help me ask CAN members for some little sound byte quotations that we could put in.  We would like as much as we can get at short notice – basically before Monday 18th. Things like: "We have found that people will bike if the facilities are there, no matter the weather or the terrain” Elizabeth Kiker, League of American Bicyclists Pithy quotes from interviews eg ‘If you want to attract the best staff, put in bike stands and a shower.’ Or simply about why they cycle – because it’s cheaper, faster, more invigorating, etc. Thanks for any help you can offer! Julie Anne Genter | Transportation Planner McCormick Rankin Cagney Please post...

May 14, 2009
Patrick
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Attached are the Dunedin Tunnel Trails Trust Submissions to DCC LTCCP and RLTP. Gerard Hyland sent these.  Said I would post them to Spokes D website. It looks like Spokes Dunedin, Living Streets Dunedin, Dunedin Tunnel Trails Trust, and Harbour Cycle Network are all speaking on Tuesday 19 May starting 1.10pm at ORCso great opportunity for all interested cyclists and walkers to attend who can.

May 13, 2009
Fiona
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A message from Jasmine Cargill to all members of Frocks on Bikes, and others. TVNZ Breakfast are doing a feature on sustainable transport and have asked for Frocks on Bikes to do a short interview, filming is at Britomart in Auckland tomorrow (thursday the 14th) between 8am and 8:40am. If you're in Akl (one day to be known as the City of Cycles) get on your gorgeous gear - we'd love you to join us for some morning frock fun! A group will meet at Western Park on Ponsonby Rd at 7:45am and roll down K Rd and Queen St towards Britomart. If you're not in AKl please forward this message to friends who are! Visit Frocks on Bikes at: http://intersect.ning.com/groups/group/show?id=2072671%3AGroup%3A13174

May 13, 2009
Patrick
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CAW members recently met with Paul Barker at Riddiford Street to discuss issues to do with provision for cyclists, advance stop boxes, etc. The attached letter details our concerns.

May 13, 2009
AlastairS
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A fundamental issue we run into when advocating a shift in transport investment from road building to cycling, walking and PT is that the evaluation models used by Govt ignore induced travel. I am seeking NZ or overseas research which challenges the belief that road building is good for the economy.  Can you add to this list? Here's what I have found so far: 1. Myth #1. "New roads are good for the economy"In order to investigate this commonly held assumption, the UK's Department for Transport commissioned the SACTRA Report1, it concluded that the linkage of new roading with economic growth is "weak and disputed". Furthermore, the study found that economic effects of a roading project are significantly affected by local circumstances and conditions. A new road may actually make areas worse off, as businesses use the new link to relocate out of the...

May 12, 2009
Patrick
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  11 May 2009 Dear Cyclists, Horokiwi Intersection Safety Improvements We would like to inform you of safety improvements that the New Zealand Transport Agency plans for the Horokiwi intersection on State Highway 2. While this is a measure to improve safety for traffic as a whole, it will significantly help cyclists on the northbound route as it passes Horokiwi Road. Work is likely to begin later this year and will be advertised closer to the time. Our intention is to close the median barrier this year to prevent right turns in and out of Horokiwi Road. The closure is as a result of the high number of traffic accidents at or near this spot. We are aware that cyclists are often put in danger by traffic turning across the highway. A video survey on just one day in July last year captured a near miss for a cyclist passing Horokiwi Road as a car turned across...

May 12, 2009
Patrick
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 Submissionto Timaru District CouncilDraft Long Term Council Community PlanOn behalf of Squeaky WheelMark LowStrategic Planning ManagerTimaru District Council PO Box 522Timaru 7940 Wednesday 13th May 2009  Dear Mark,RE: DRAFT LONG TERM COUNCIL COMMUNITY PLAN 2009-19 SUBMISSION FROM SQUEAKY WHEELThanks for theopportunity to make this submission on the LTCCP (2009-19). Squeaky Wheel is alocal cycling advocacy group with approximately 60 members, and links withlocal cycling groups. We are affiliated with the national Cycling AdvocatesNetwork (CAN). Squeaky Wheel is dedicated to promoting cycling as an everydayform of transport in South Canterbury.IntroductionSqueaky Wheelcongratulates the Council for including some active transport goals, outcomesand expected levels of service in the...

May 12, 2009
Jon Harris