News: May 2009

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May

Attached are the recent Spokes Dunedin Submissions on: draft DCC Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), draft ORC LTCCP, & draft Otago Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP). Wondered about Phaedra sending a copy of the ORC LTCCP and ORLTP to ORC ahead of Spokes Dunedin's submission. Jane Turnball (ORC Transport Policy) jane.turnball@orc.govt.nz Fraser McCrae (Director of Policy and Resource Planning) (Jane's Manager) fraser.mccrae@orc.govt.nz Fraser is likely to have received a copy but unsure about Jane. As we saw with DCC, the non-managerial staff do not receive these. Jane and Fraser are who Spokes Dunedin will need to establish a relationship with to progress Spokes ORC issues e.g. Bike Racks on Buses. I have visited Jane and Fraser with Judy Martin and Dick Martin who were the Living Streets Dunedin and Spokes Dunedin leaders at the time. I think the...

May 11, 2009
Fiona
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May

The Trust has invited CAW members to attand get involved, as our agendas overlap. www.wellingtoncivictrust.org   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   The 28th AGM will be held on Wednesday 27th May, 2009 5.30pm for 6pm, at Turnbull House, Bowen St. Please join fellow members and Trustees for drinks from 5.30pm. AGENDA Welcome Apologies - please send any to secretary@wellingtoncivictrust.org or by phone to the Secretary, Alan Smith at 566-3034. Minutes of the Previous AGM – May  26th 2008 (copies available at the meeting) Matters arising from these minutes Annual Report (copies to be tabled at the meeting) Financial Report (...

May 11, 2009
Patrick
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May

Submission on Wellington City Council Draft Long Term Council Community Plan 2009-19 Cycle Aware Wellington   xx May 2009   Who is Cycle Aware Wellington? We are a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving conditions for cyclists and encouraging more people to bike more often. We are the local advocacy group for cyclists who use their bikes as a means of transport. Since our inception in 1994, we have worked constructively with Wellington City Council on a wide variety of projects, including Bike to Work Day and other cycling promotion events Safety and bike skills training for police officers, adults, and children Working with the transport sector to improve safety for cyclists in Wellington city Capital City Cycle Guide More at www.caw.org.nz...

May 11, 2009
Patrick
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May

Update: Frocks on Bikes gather on the 14th “Do you have a novel way of travelling around your town? Are you a keen cyclist, walker, roller-blader, train-commuter, or even kayaker? Breakfast's roving weather presenter Tamati Coffey is heading on a “Transport Tiki Tour” of New Zealand. His aim: to find the Top "One Less Car on the Road' Town. We want to see how local kiwis are doing their bit for the environment and keeping cars off the road. On Thursday, 14 May 2009, Breakfast’s Tamati will be filming the show at Britomart Square, Auckland, from 6.30am. Come down, meet Tamati and showcase your preferred mode of eco-friendly transport! There will be great spot prizes on the day for locals who come down and showcase their preferred mode of eco-transport, and get on TV!” Kind regards, Catherine Keville Programme Partnerships D. 64 9 916 7277 F. 64 9 916 7513 M. 64 21 495...

May 11, 2009
KirstenS
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May

Present: Bernie, Patrick, Brent, Jeremy, Brian, Don. Apologies: Sally, Max. Publication of draft LTCCP's by all three councils discussed, and proposal to write submissions back to them. First meeting of cycle coalition held in Napier and attended by Bernie. Hoping for good outcomes for commuter cyclists. CAHB could have big impact at these meetings. Maxs letter tabled at meeting regarding problem with rail crossing near the port. Trial rumble strip at Awatoto looked at by Patrick and Bernie. Need to meet with Napier council at site, and get them to cycle over it. St Georges rd roundabout discussed and update by Don in response to news story in HB today. Still needs attention but option to take the lane is available to those confident enough. Signal both Napier and Hastings councils when good work is done to help safety of cyclists. New crosses rd pathway as an example...

May 11, 2009
Patrick
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May

WET SURPRISE: Karl Wakelin checks the bike of girlfriend Amelie Goldberg after she and her wheels took a plunge in the harbour. Diver Nigel Bullock and maritime police officer Ross Lane look on. 06/05/2009, By PAUL EASTON - The Dominion Post A gentle bike ride to work came to a soggy end for Amelie Goldberg, when she clipped a pedestrian and plunged two metres into Wellington Harbour. Witnesses were quick to call police yesterday, but Ms Goldberg climbed out of the water herself, thanks to a handily placed ladder. "As I fell, I remember thinking this can't be happening, this is just ridiculous." The man she accidentally collided with at 8.30am had disappeared by the time she emerged from the harbour. "Maybe he didn't notice what had happened. We were coming towards each other, there was a bit of confusion about how we were going to pass, I clipped his bag, and...

May 11, 2009
Patrick
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May

A brief AGM with food and drinks, and a presentation by Nicola Bould from the Harbour Cycle Network. The meeting will also discuss where Spokes Dunedin and cycle advocacy is at, how we can get more involvement, and around what Spokes Dunedin should be tackling this upcoming year. Treasurer and secretary positions will also be elected. All are welcome and encouraged to attend - bring a friend! 6.30pm at Community house, corner of Great King Street and Moray Place. Monday, 11th May 2009.

May 9, 2009
em.oyston
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May

Councils are under pressure to keep rates under control. What can bike advocates ask for in their submissions that Councils can afford? Here's some low-cost or no-cost ideas: lower speed limits reallocate road space to make room for bike lanes, Advance Stop Boxes cycle parking stands bike rental schemes such as NextBike cycle gaps through road closures wider kerbside lanes on multi-lane roads have a Council officer who looks over plans for all transport projects to make sure they make the most of opportunities to improve things for cycling (and don't make things worse for one mode while improving things for another) Please share your ideas.

May 8, 2009
Patrick
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May

350 is the most important number in the world. This number is the safe line for our global climate and a start line for a global movement. Join 350.org to take action in your community, engage our world's leaders, and build an international movement to solve the climate crisis. Visit http://www.350.org to join the movement.

May 8, 2009
Patrick
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May

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The 15th edition of the Velo-city conference will underline its leading position as the world’s event dedicated to urban cycling. During this four-day event, cycling in cities will be looked at from different perspectives by keynote speakers, organisations and institutions. “Just because a city is not cycling-friendly today, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. With the right mobilisation of politicians and citizens, everything can change. The success of ‘re-cycling cities’ depends on the willingness of people to think and act differently”, says Manfred Neun, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation, which organizes Velo-city. The conference will demonstrate the role and potential of cycling in cities. Themes to be discussed include urban planning, ways to improve cycling infrastructure, how cycling contributes to combating pollution and climate change...

May 8, 2009
Patrick
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May

See attached image files.

May 8, 2009
em.oyston
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May

Hot tips to tip the balance! You have your time to speak and now you are thinking about how to swing the balance. Here are some ideas: Get the Officers' Report (if there is one, ChCh City Council does not have one, Dunedin City Council did). This is a report that goes to Councillors from the Council Staff (Officers) which reviews all the submissions, summarises all the requests, and gives their feedback about the requests. It's like tennis - your group's written submission serves the ball over net, the officers' report is the ball hit back to your side of the court (what they think of your requests), then your group's oral submission is the next shot. Play the game! Start your report with bullet points of what you want. Thank Officers for anything they agreed to do or change in the draft LTCCP/RLTP as a result of your submission, then argue your...

May 7, 2009
Patrick
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May

from Amy at Bike Wise: Tell us your biking story and be in to win! We have five fantastic prizes to give away to people who share their cycling stories with us. Simply tell us an inspiring tale about you and cycling, such as: how you got into cycling, why you love it so much, what you did for Bike Wise Month, or how you encouraged someone else to cycle after a long absence. Each entry will go in the draw to win one of five prize packs containing a copy of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Guide, an Avanti cycle shirt and an Exelite High Visibility Belt. By submitting your story you agree that it may be published in future issues of Chainletter - the official Bike Wise newsletter. To be in with a chance to win one of these fantastic prizes just email your story to bikewise@nzta.govt.nz by Friday 15 May 500-1000 words, preferably as a word document rather than in the body of the...

May 6, 2009
Patrick
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May

Phaedra is presenting on behalf of Spokes Dunedin tonight at the Municipal Chambers (Edinburgh Room, Level 2) 5.45pm (be early as they were running ahead of time last night). Living Streets Dunedin is presenting at 4.10pm same place, be nice to support Living Streets too.   Apparently the secondgreatest numbers of submissions were on cycling (100 plus submissions), [The Stadium obviously was first]!    

May 5, 2009
Fiona
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May

See: http://can.org.nz/event/2009/03/04/north-taranaki-cycling-advocates-mont... .

May 2, 2009
Graeme