News: July 2009

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Jul

Latest newsletter from the Ministry of Tourism On Monday 27 July, in a speech to local government, Prime Minister John Key announced seven potential cycleway routes that construction could start on this summer. Of the $50m allocated to the cycleway, $9 million has been earmarked for a ‘Quick Start’. Mr Key said that the first three large regional clusters were formed by 21 Mayors and Chairpersons in Northland, the Central and Eastern North Island, and the south of the South Island. These clusters, along with the Department of Conservation, have recommended a small number of projects they believe can be started this summer. The projects that have been selected for ‘Quick Start’ are: Waikato River Trail Central North Island Rail Trail (DoC) Mount Ruapehu to Wanganui (DoC) St James Great Trail, (DoC) Hokianga to Opua/Russell Hauraki Plains Trail and Southland Around the Mountain Rail Trail...

July 31, 2009
ribell
30
Jul

Image from Cool Bikes Blog Bristol is the first city in the UK to get a pay-as-you-go bicycle rental scheme. Called "hourbike", it has just been introduced on a very small scale across the city. There are four hubs and 18 bikes. The price is right--cheaper than the Velib in Paris--but there are not enough pick-up points yet to make it really work well. The other big problem seems to be that Bristol is a very hilly town. It's controversial; in a recent article in the Guardian there were 100 comments on this subject... Image from Cool Bikes Blog Many of the commenters insist that Bristol was the wrong place to introduce the concept because it has so many steep hills. Others defend Bristol's reputation as "Cycle City" and insist that the kinks need to be worked out, as in any new system. However there are a lot of kinks. Compared to the roll-out in Paris or...

July 30, 2009
Alex admin
30
Jul

A short but informative item on implementation of "shared space" in  Bendigo, Australia.http://www.3news.co.nz/Video/CampbellLive/tabid/367/articleID/113422/cat...

July 30, 2009
ribell
29
Jul

CAN Co-chair Glen Koorey is interviewed by Radio Rhema on Tue 28th July '09 about the national cycleway, cycling conference, and other matters cycling. Listen to the attached MP3 file (8:22)

July 29, 2009
glen
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Jul

Nike Tiempo: All Black Shoe Glows White When Illuminated0JULY 27, 2009Don’t let your eyes deceive you: those aren’t two separate pairs of shoes. Rather, they are one very special collaboration between cyclist and Creative Director of Intersection Magazine, Yorgo Tloupas and Nike as part of the City Tempo/CTRS/Livestrong collection, in which 8 cyclists from 8 different cities choose a colorway for the Nike City Tiempo shoe. The shoes, which are all black under natural light, but when exposed to car headlight or the flash of a camera becomes white with a black swoosh. This design is not just interesting from a design perspective but is also very useful for those who tend to peddle at night, when they can be  easily missed by traffic.[via arkitip and http://www.psfk.com/2009/07/nike-tiempo-all-black-shoe-glows-white-when-illuminated.html]

July 29, 2009
Scorcher
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Jul

The tourism industry is welcoming the news that as many as seven cycleway projects could be expected to get underway this summer,Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Tim Cossar says. In a speech to Local Government New Zealand this morning, Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key said the Government has allocatedthe first $9 million of its $50 million cycleway fund, confirming that work on seven projects is expected be underway by November. “It’s great to see that work on these first cycleway projects will be progressing swiftly and that regional communities have come onboard to support so many projects so quickly,”Mr Cossar says. “The cycle routes that have been identified cover a wide regional spread and are located in areas where cyclists will not only be able to experience some of New Zealand’s awesome natural scenery but also learn a great deal...

July 27, 2009
Scorcher
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Jul

The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) supports the first National Cycleway projects announced by Prime Minister, John Key.Seven projects have been recommended for starting this spring. They are: Waikato River Trail, Central North Island Rail Trail, Mount Ruapehu to Wanganui, St James Trail, Hokianga to Opua/Russell, Hauraki Plains Trail and Southland Around the Mountain Rail Trail. CAN also notes the transport Government Policy Statement includes funding for other cycling and walking projects under the allocation for demand management and community programmes ($145 million over three years), and through provision for cycling within ad hoc roading projects. CAN spokes person Stephen McKernon says, "A well-developed cycling network is more important than ever before. It is good to see the network recognised as nationally important, and we look forward to a range of other projects to build...

July 27, 2009
Scorcher
27
Jul

PM announces first Cycleway projectsPrime Minister John Key has named seven potential cycleway routes that construction could start on this summer.In a speech to Local Government New Zealand Mr Key said the Government had set aside $9 million from the $50 million New Zealand Cycleway Fund for projects earmarked for a ‘Quick Start'.Mr Key said that the first three large regional clusters were formed by 21 Mayors and Chairpersons in Northland, the Central and Eastern North Island, and the south of the South Island. These clusters, along with the Department of Conservation, have recommended a small number of projects they believe can be started this summer."This is a fantastic example of a cooperative approach that will be critical to the success of the Cycleway. I would also like to acknowledge Kevin Hague of the Green Party for his help on this project."The projects that have been...

July 27, 2009
Scorcher
24
Jul

Attached is a report from GW about bikes and buses & bikes and trains

July 24, 2009
Illona
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Jul

 Vancouver cycle lane trialMotorists Predicted the Apocalypse...A week ago, the city of Vancouver converted 1 of the 5 lanes of Burrard Bridge into a bike lane for a 3-month trial. This was a controversial move, many motorists predicted the apocalypse and the media, smelling blood, were on the scene to interview angry drivers. But as Gordon Price documented on his blog (choice cuts below), carmaggedon was averted and cyclists, pedestrians and joggers turned out en masse.Photo: Wikipedia, CCThe Globe and Mail reports that "scores of bicycle enthusiasts, pedicab drivers, rollerbladers and parents with jogging strollers were in motion on the newly designated bike lane." And while many drivers were angry (the Vancouver Suninterviewed a bunch), that was expected. Anytime motorists lose a lane somewhere, it's the end of the world for a little while (...

July 23, 2009
Alex admin
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Jul

A week ago, the city of Vancouver converted 1 of the 5 lanes of Burrard Bridge into a bike lane for a 3-month trial. Many motorists predicted the apocalypse, but 'carmaggedon' was averted and cyclists, pedestrians and joggers turned out en masse. In fact, there was so little congestion that even City Caucus had to admit the experiment was a success (http://pricetags.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/burrard-bridge-day-three-monda...). See http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/vancouver-burrard-bridge-bike-bi... for full story.

July 23, 2009
Unity
20
Jul

If you suffer from lower back pain, you’ll know that it can really get in the way of living your life. Take time to assess why you’re getting the pain and what you can do about it.The lower back muscles are very strong as they have to hold your spine and pelvis in place, but often they’re worked too hard due to other muscles in the trunk of your body being weak. Try doing the following tests:Test one: Get into the plank position, keeping your abdominals and buttocks tensed, and time how long you can hold the position without your hips lowering or lower back hurting. Less than 60 seconds will indicate a weakness in your core muscles, especially your abdominals.Test two: Lying down, pull one leg up towards your chest while keeping both legs as straight as possible. If you can’t...

July 20, 2009
Alex admin
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Jul

Nominations have just been opened for the CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards 2009.  Kiwis are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling projects or cycling champions for the Awards.Nominations have just been opened for the CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards 2009. Kiwis are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling projects or cycling champions for the Awards. Devised by the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN), the national organisation promoting everyday cycling, the Cycle-Friendly Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate some of the most notable achievements in New Zealand that are helping to promote cycling and to create a cycle-friendly environment. Nominations are being called for in five categories:  1.    Avanti award for best cycle facility project; 2.    NZ Transport Agency award for best cycling promotion;...

July 19, 2009
Scorcher
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Jul

Jim Jackson, Chair of The Onehunga Enhancement Society, has asked Cycle Action to get feedback from cyclists on a proposal from the NZ Transport Agency to replace the old Mangere pedestrian bridge. $12m has been allocated for the project, and one of the three options on offer is to use the current temporary bridge further to the east. Jim says the local community is keen on this.Here's Jim's message:Currently there are initial discussions taking place regarding the replacement of the old Mangere pedestrian bridge.The structure is beyond both its structural and economic life and neither ACC nor MCC will take responsibility for it until it is repaired or replaced by NZTA.NZTA have allocated $12m for its replacement and are keen to provide a new structure. As part of the high level bridge construction process MHX have built a temporary access bridge to the east and have asked the...

July 18, 2009
SteveX
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Jul

A Berlin inventor has come up with an electric bike which you power by pedalling that can reach speeds of 50 mph.Stefan Gulas has developed a system that amplifies the effort you put in by a factor of 50, meaning you can accelerate quickly and maintain high speeds with very little effort.From BBC News 

July 17, 2009
Alex admin
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Jul

Any volunteers to represent CAW at this meeting re the Seaview/Gracefield area? Please contact Jasmin ====  Hi Alistair The Council will work with local businesses and the community to come up with a “working vision” for Seaview-Gracefield (S-G) 20 years into the future. This project is part of a programme of vision statements for the three key areas of Hutt City - Petone, CBD and Seaview-Gracefield. A cross-Council team led by Strategic and City Development will be carrying out the work. We would like to invite you "Cycle Aware" to join us in a pre-consultation brainstorming session to look at some ideas and perhaps come up with a few new ones. Would you be able to come to our 'Urban Enhancement' session on 24 July from 8:30am to 10am and perhaps stay on for the 'Connected' session from 10:30am to 12noon. The venue is at Pelorus Trust Sportshouse Hutt Park Road Seaview...

July 16, 2009
AlastairS
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Jul

NZ Transport Agency Wellington Regional Office     14 July 2009    Electronic signs add to cycle improvements on State Highway 2     Many things need space to thrive, and the city's cyclists are no exception.   Yesterday the NZ Transport Agency turned on electronic signs for cyclists at designated crossing points at the Ngauranga intersection of SH2 and Hutt Road, and at the Petone off-ramp.   The signs, featuring the symbol of a cyclist, will be activated when a cyclist rides over a sensor in the road.  The sensors' locations on the highway will be marked by six white diamonds and a small bike.  The signs will warn other road users there is a cyclist about to cross their path or merge with them.   The electronic signs will stay on for 30 seconds.  An orange light at the rear of the sign will reassure the cyclist that the light is on for other road users to see.  Hold...

July 14, 2009
ribell
13
Jul

Ultimate cheapskate Jeff Yeager explores green inexpensive commuting options, such as biking. Watch as he scores a used bike at a thrift store and has it repaired for a fraction of the cost of a new bike.http://planetgreen.discovery.com/videos/g-word-online-clips-better-bikin...

July 13, 2009
Alex admin
13
Jul

From Mark Edwards, NZTA   Hi everyone, The electronic signs on SH2 are about to be switched on (Monday 13th July). The leaflet for wider publicity is attached (for the Can / Caw / BikeNZ websites) The signs are activated by loops detecting bikes or by call button. The signs are sited; 1) facing traffic coming down Ngauranga gorge heading for SH2. The signs alert motorists to a northbound cyclist in the merge area where Hutt Rd heads to SH2 after the traffic lights. A loop just before the bus stop by the traffic lights detects cycles and switches the sign on. A light on the rear of the sign will tell cyclists the sign has come on. The sign stays on for 30sec. If you can't merge / cross in that time pressing the call button on the holdrail (just after the bus stop) will reactivate the sign. 2) There are also a pair of signs at Petone off ramp (one before one after the off...

July 13, 2009
AlastairS
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Jul

North Taranaki Cycle Advocates 1 July 2009, STOS cafeteria. MINUTES Chair:  Graeme Note Taker:  Graeme Present:  Alan, Graeme, Gaye, Nathaniel Apologies:  Joanne, Stuart, Rowan 1.  Oral submission LTCCP - Alan and Graeme did their stuff on June 5th, went well.  Full council meeting on 29th June adopted the LTCCP.  Need to investigate the details in their minutes to see what survived.    2.  Cycling conference - Nathaniel and Graeme were in the organising committee's last conference phone call.  Frustrating experience as little seems to being done.  Nathaniel, Graeme and Antony Rhodes from Venture Taranaki will be meeting Dean Bradley from CMSL the paid conference organisers on July 10th.  Will discuss concerns lack of progress with him. Sponsorship seems a big issue, Nathaniel to draft up something for...

July 9, 2009
Graeme