News: June 2009

30
Jun

Meeting Reminders: 12.30 pm at NPDC Mishma Room, Ground Floor, monthly get together with their Cycle Strategy Implementation Team on what is happening etc. 5.20 pm venue at STOS, regular NTCA meeting, Devon St West  Minutes from last month are at: http://can.org.nz/candocument/minutes-june-3rd-ntca-meeting

June 30, 2009
Graeme
30
Jun

29 June 2009 Is New Zealand ready for a Top Gear style cycling show? BikeNZ and RideStrong have been working furiously with a number of cycling industry partners on a new magazine-style cycling TV show.  To guarantee the support of NZ OnAir, BikeNZ need all cyclists to show their support by voting on RideStrong before Monday 6th July. BikeNZ are convinced Kiwis are ready for a regular TV show dedicated to cycling. The Cycling Show will bring the same attitude tobikes that popular motoring show Top Gear brings to cars. It is envisaged the show will cover all things cycling with a touch of humour, and a die-hard passion for the pedals.  Log onto RideStrong (www.ridestrong.org.nz) for free to make sure we show NZ On Air there is huge public support for more cycling on TV.VOTE NOW The Cycling Show will target all levels of cycling, from our top cyclists racing overseas, to...

June 30, 2009
Scorcher
30
Jun

Latest newsletter from the Office for the Community & Voluntary Sector is online here.

June 30, 2009
adrian
29
Jun

For discussion here and at CAW meeting 7 July. I think CAW needs to decide how much energy we want to put into organising a 350 day of action (http://www.350.org/plan) ride on 24 Oct. As it's not in our 2009 Plan am keen it doesn't displace other stuff. My proposal: CAW contracts an event manager to organise it. Have invited Charlie Devenish from 350.org.nz to come to CAW meeting so we can cook something up.  http://can.org.nz/event/2009/10/24/international-day-of-climate-action Proposed event format Bike ride 350 degrees around Wellington harbour, say from Days Bay to a picnic at Seatoun. Also have a mini-version from, say, Waitangi park to Seatoun. Themes Call for action on Climate Change Ride the route of the Great Harbour Way Push Play Cost free to ride Publicity CAW website 350.org.nz WCC / Push...

June 29, 2009
Patrick
25
Jun

Source: Bicyclesafe.com Note, this refers to American roads, thus riding on the right-hand side This page shows you real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid getting hitThis is a far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car. Sure, helmets might help you if you get hit, but your #1 goal should be to avoid getting hit in the first place. Plenty of cyclists are killed by carseven though they were wearing helmets. Ironically, if they had ridden without helmets, yet followed the guidelines listed below, they might still be alive today. Don't fall for the myth that wearing a helmet is the first and last word in biking safety. In...

June 25, 2009
Patrick
25
Jun

Two years have passed since hundreds of Wellington riders gathered to mark the death of two riders. On 26 June 2008 Wellington cyclists organised a memorial ride as a mark of respect for the two riders, Des Eyre and Superindendant Steve Fitzgerald, killed on 19 June. Cyclists gathered at Parliament. After a brief opportunity to speak, we departed Parliament, and rode along Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road to Petone Roundabout. We paused there, then rode back to Wellington. The ride commemorated and honoured the lives of the riders. We remember them.

June 25, 2009
Patrick
25
Jun

Things to remember if you do have a crash.1. Be Prepared to ActIf you crash and are severely injured, you will have to rely on bystanders for help. Fortunately that is the exception. If you are still conscious and mobile after your crash be prepared to act.2. Get Off the RoadAfter a crash you might be disorientated and either lie or stand on the roadway. The first priority is to get off the road and avoid the risk of further injury. Then think about getting your bike off the road if you can do it safely.If anyone is injured on the scene call the Police.3. See if You Can Move OkayIf in doubt, ask someone to take you to a doctor or call an ambulance. Don’t act tough. If you don’t feel right, get help.4. Be CoolDon’t get upset. Don’t start blaming anyone. Don’t admit anything to anyone at this stage.5. Get Witnesses and DetailsIf you have been hit by a car, exchange details with the driver...

June 25, 2009
Patrick
25
Jun

A few examples of a UK campaign to make vehicle drivers look out for bikes        

June 25, 2009
Patrick
25
Jun

  Right... Brands Go Bike Crazy In NYC http://www.psfk.com/2009/06/brands-go-bike-crazy-in-nyc.html   June 23, 2009 Marketers and PR-folk take note, free bike rides just might be the next “pop-up shop” for their universal ability to lure in the general public and it appears retailers are catching on. Topshop and Whole Foods recently gave their customers more reason to turn to the alternative mode of transportation, with two bike-centric store events held in NYC.  Over the weekend, Anglophiles everywhere took notice when Topshop rolled out their new bicycle club concept, parking a small fleet of blue beach cruisers (decked out with baskets and cupcake stickers) outside their flagship store and making them available for free daily rental to the public. In exchange for leaving a credit card and signing a liability waiver, would-be cyclists were granted access...

June 25, 2009
Scorcher
22
Jun

Wellington City Council's Strategy and Policy Committee last week considered its draft Long-Term Council Community Plan in light of community feedback and recent funding requests - agreeing on .... providing $250,000 in 2009/10 and $500,000 each year after that to help improve the city's cycle and walking network. Projects likely to benefit from this include the proposed Great Harbour Way, Porirua to Tawa streamside walkway, Middleton Road and routes from the South Coast to the central city. Well done CAW's LTCCP submitters...

June 22, 2009
AlastairS
22
Jun

FWD message Hi everybody The Regional Transport Committee received (on Monday this week) the draft of the walking and cycling strategy and approved it to be be circulated to targetted stakeholders for submissions or feedback.   I have identified about 80 stakeholders whom we are targetting for feedback through a submission/feedback process. A proportion of the 80 stakeholders are members of the steering group who helped shape the strategy.  For those of you receiving this email, you are identified because you were either part of the original sub-regional focus group meetings held last year, or other walking and cycling stakeholders whom we believe your input for this strategy is welcomed. In keeping with environmental sustainability, we have chosen to made the draft available to you on the Environment Waikato website link -http://www.ew.govt.nz/Policy-and-plans/Draft-regional-...

June 22, 2009
chris lenth
22
Jun

"BRISBANE looks set to become the first Australian capital city to join several European centres in introducing a public bike hire scheme, with the city's council launching a call for proposals for the project at the weekend" according to an article in the Australian.

June 22, 2009
AlastairS
22
Jun

The city of Copenhagen, Denmark, our Best of Green 2009 winner for "Best City To Be a Cyclist In", has installed what I think is a totally awesome cyclist counter ("cykelbarometer") in front of city hall (it also has an air pump if you need to inflate your bike's tires). The two numbers on the counter are "total number today" and "total number this year so far", according to our friend Mikeal from Copenhagenize. The city will give a Biomega bike to cyclist number 500,000, and since there are about 12,000 cyclists that pass by on a week day (about 25k both ways), it shouldn't take too long for that number to be reached.Copenhagen Cyclist Counter How does it work? From Copenhagenize: There is a 'sensor line' in the asphalt on the bike lane a few metres in front of the counter which registers the cyclists. There is a SIM-card in the counters so the information is...

June 22, 2009
Patrick
22
Jun

Introduction    The Otago Central Rail Trail (OCRT) has established itself as one of the major  attractions for Central Otago, and along with summer fruit and Pinot Noir is one of  Introduction  The Otago Central Rail Trail (OCRT) has established itself as one of the major attractions for Central Otago, and along with summer fruit and Pinot Noir is one of the first things that people think about when asked about the district.  However, it is a fairly new phenomenon, and there is a general lack of hard information about the trail, both in terms of the benefits it brings to the district as well as the nature of people who come to ride or walk the trail and what their expectations, wants and experiences are.  A series of three user surveys were conduction on the Otago Central Rail Trail during the season of 2008 / 2009.  In association with other studies being undertaken by the OCRT Trust...

June 22, 2009
Patrick
18
Jun

Cabinet paper provides no confidence that national cycleway will ever become a reality. Cabinet paper: no confidence for national cycleway Kelvin Davis Labour Tourism Spokesperson 18 June 2009 Media Statement  Cabinet paper provides no confidence that national cycleway will ever become a reality. Papers released by Tourism Minister John Key's office and the Tourism Ministry give no confidence that the vision of a cycleway the length of New Zealand will ever be anything more than a disconnected patchwork of small tracks, says Labour tourism spokesperson Kelvin Davis. "I am astounded at the lack of detail in John Key's cabinet paper seeking cabinet support for the $50 million Budget allocation for the national cycleway," Kelvin Davis said.  "Absolutely no rigorous --- or even token --- cost-benefit analysis has been done on this Jobs Summit project in terms of short-term or long-...

June 18, 2009
Scorcher
18
Jun

*CTC Safety in Numbers Campaign*CTC – the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation’s Safety in Numbers Campaign has been launched on 5th May in Parliament by broadcaster and CTC President, Jon Snow, who is a regular cycle commuter in London. He said:“London’s streets have started getting a lot safer, thanks to the growth in cycling over the past decade.”Logic tells us that the more people who cycle, the safer cycling becomes for everyone and now CTC has gathered even more evidence to back this up.Roger Geffen, CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Manager, said:“There is good evidence that cycling gets safer the more cyclists there are.Yet despite this, local councils are often reluctant to encourage cycling for fear that this would lead to more casualties – and some even think the best way to meet their safety targets is to scare people off cycling altogether!”In a comparison of cycle use and...

June 18, 2009
Patrick
18
Jun

*MythBusters: Utility Cycling Requires Special Gear*No special cycling gear is needed for utility cyclingThe current emphasis on hi-viz and other special cycling safety gear being promoted as de rigueur for even a trip to the shops may be counterproductive, and off-putting to many potential bike users.The subconscious message that cycling is a dangerous activity is being unwittingly promoted by the plethora of safety gear now being deemed essential equipment for a bike ride. In fact cycling is statistically a very safe activity and can be done in normal clothing.            Some choose to dress up: is it really necessary?More people cycling (no matter what they choose to wear when riding a bike) means safer cycling for everyone. Getting more people to regard cycling as an easy and sensible option they can choose to get from A to B, is one of the most...

June 18, 2009
Patrick
16
Jun

Next Meeting: NPDC, 24 June 2009, 12.30pm.

June 16, 2009
Graeme
16
Jun

From the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance: 2.45 Addressing many of Auckland’s key challenges involves decisions about infrastructure. For example the ability to meet social needs such as affordable housing and safety are linked to community infrastructure and public transport. People on lower incomes are particularly reliant on public transport to get to work. It is essential that planning for infrastructure takes a long-term focus. This means taking into account global changes such as climate change and peak oil – might the Auckland if the future be less car-dependent, produce more weightless exports, and have a greater number of workers operating from home? Infrastructure designed around this scenario would mean less spending on roading but more on public transport and provision for fast broadband. source: http://www.royalcommission.govt.nz page 72 http://www....

June 16, 2009
Patrick
15
Jun

4:00AM Monday Jun 15, 2009 By Mathew Dearnaley Pedestrians and cars already share road spaces in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Auckland drivers and pedestrians will have to get to know each other a lot better as footpaths are removed from some busy city side-streets. Urban designers have won approval in principle from the city council's transport committee for developing a suite of streets into "shared space" where pedestrians will be free to roam as long as they do not unduly hold up motor traffic. Footpaths will be removed, as will parking spaces and most street signs, leaving the onus on drivers to act on visual cues and clues to nose their way carefully past pedestrians. Four thoroughfares centred on Elliott, Fort, O'Connell and Lorne Sts are being proposed for trial treatment in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, although the public will be...

June 15, 2009
Patrick