News: August 2009

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Aug

Wellington City Council are giving away free bicycle bells until the end of September. Simply print off a copy of the attached PDF, fill in a few details and take it in to either of the three shops as indicated on the voucher. 

August 31, 2009
Alex admin
31
Aug

Matthew Blackett of Spacing writes: Sometimes it takes a visual illustration to make the strongest argument. The above image is 42 Brompton folding bikes placed in one parking spot. The image below is the amount of space needed for the same amount of people to take a car, bus, or bike. UPDATE: Proper credit was not given to BoingBoing and Jam Design. From Treehugger.com

August 31, 2009
Alex admin
31
Aug

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) announced today (28/08/2009) details of an $8.7 billion investment in New Zealand over the next three years through the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).  However BikeNZ CEO Kieran Turner says the announcement is a mixed bag for cyclists, and a much stronger commitment to cycling is critical to improve transport options in NZ. "New Zealand is bucking international trends by pouring increased investment into road infrastructure, while providing few solutions for increasing cycling and walking as a form of transport. Investment in cycling infrastructure in NZ needs to catch-up to international standards." NZTA Chair Brian Roche said the key challenges New Zealand face with land transport were improving the efficiency of key transport routes, easing severe congestion in key urban areas, and improving safety and access to markets, employment and...

August 31, 2009
Alex admin
28
Aug

from VORB http://www.vorb.org.nz/help-letters-support-needed-t99684.html Hey everyone, Mountainbike Tauranga is in need of help from the greater mountainbike community right about now. Why? I hear you ask - well let me explain..... For the past two years our club has been working towards securing an area of around 350 hectares in the newly formed TECT All Terrain Park, that sits halfway between Tauranga and Rotorua. This park was envisaged to cater towards many different sporting interests, including (according to the website) "mountain biking, rallying, motocross, firearm sports, 4x4, equestrian, tramping and orienteering." We have several members of the club who have dedicated hundreds of hours of their time following the procedures asked of us by Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council - obtaining an MOU, developing an in-depth management plan and...

August 28, 2009
chris lenth
28
Aug

Results from the 2009 Summer Cycle Survey carried out by the Centre for Recreation Research are available for download here: http://www.crr.otago.ac.nz/pubs.aspx The conclusions are as follows: This research provides information about use trends and perspectives towards Dunedin’s cycleway system. 109 respondents, both users and non-users of the cycleway system, returned the questionnaire. The information gathered included cycleway use frequency, barriers to use, safety concerns, motivations, and general thoughts on cycleway improvements. First, for the purpose of this research, a definition was developed to clarify the term ‘cycleway’ in order to provide a context of understanding for the respondents. Then, profiles indicated that the majority of respondents were over the age of 35, with most of the cyclists being...

August 28, 2009
adrian
27
Aug

An interesting video about the issues surrounding cycle lanes and cycle paths in one of the USA's largest cities. From streetfilms.org

August 27, 2009
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27
Aug

BOSTON — In a city known for its aggressive drivers, flummoxing street layout, confusing rotaries and overall rudeness on the road, what is a cyclist to do? Cyclist battles on the urban highway Nicole Freedman, the city’s "bike czar," said, "The grand plan is to change the culture, which is an incredible task." Start pedaling, some say. Boston, long known as a minefield for bicycle riders, is feverishly working to shed that reputation by creating bike lanes, installing bike racks, restoring bike paths and urging residents to switch from horsepower to pedal power. Plans to link the city’s existing bike paths and create a bike-share program are also in the works. One already exists for city employees. “The grand plan is to change the culture, which is an incredible task,” said Nicole Freedman, a former Olympic cyclist who was hired as the city’s “...

August 27, 2009
Alex admin
27
Aug

Issue 26 of the newsletter of the Office of the Community & Voluntary Sector is available online.

August 27, 2009
adrian
25
Aug

From Tom Halliburton, CAW rep on Hutt Road Safety Advisory Committee: Attached the minutes from last week's Hutt Road Safety Advisory Committee meeting which I attended. I raised two points: 1/  Education of drivers for a 1.5 metre passing distance 2/  Consideration should be given in the design of cycle lanes to the strategies cyclists must follow at the end of the lane. The road transport representative commented that the 1.5 metre passing distance would create issues for heavy vehicles in some situations, and a useful discussion followed.  I also mentioned my personal dislike of the Greater Wellington campaign telling cyclists to "just obey the road rules" and not to hog the road.  I thought that both of these points encouraged bad behaviour by drivers, and discouraged cyclists from owning the lane when this is the safest option. The second item I raised is due to the number of...

August 25, 2009
AlastairS
24
Aug

GWRC is calling for submissions on the regional Travel Demand Management Plan and the Road Safety Plan, due 14 September. Any volunteers to put together a submission? As yet the draft plans don't seem to be on the GWRC website, but I've got paper copies. Could think about whether, for example, "fewer than 75 cyclists injured in the region per annum" is a reasonable objective. Could also try to get something written in that cycling issues be taken into account in any new transport initiative...

August 24, 2009
AlastairS
24
Aug

Ghost Bikes: A Memorial to Cyclists Whenever we write about bike/car "interactions" we get a lot of complaints that cyclists bring much of this upon themselves by blowing through red lights and stop signs, and generally cycling aggressively. While convalescing after being hit by a truck, Dr. Chris Cavacuiti of the University of Toronto had some time to study the statistics and concluded otherwise. He is interviewed by Bet McIlroy in the U of T's Experience Research: Another U of T Professor was not so lucky. Who causes accidents—cyclists or drivers? While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding...

August 24, 2009
Alex admin
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Aug

I learned the hard way recently about a terrific website that promotes "Copenhagenizing," noting that "Each and every day 500,000 people ride their bicycle to work or school in Copenhagen." Whereas in North America we are, as one writer puts it, "fighting for infrastructure a few hundred metres at a time", Copenhagenizing tells us that they are now installing "bicycle superhighways" stretching far into the suburbs. What does it take to be a bicycle superhighway? Part of the Green Path, Copenhagen's bicycle motorway, by night. [Zakkaliciousness], on Flickr, from another post on Copenhagenize - Smooth, even surfaces free of leaves, ice and snow. - As direct as possible with no detours. - Homogenous visual expression, for example, with signage and the trademark blue bike lanes through larger intersections. - 'Service stations' with air and tools along the...

August 24, 2009
Alex admin
21
Aug

 From http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideas We’ve heard a lot lately about John Key’s so-called Great Rides Cycle Way. A network of cycle tracks aimed squarely at the recreational and tourism markets. But the vast majority of cyclists, both in this country and abroad, do most their riding in cities and towns. So how do you create truly cycle-friendly cities? What is it about Copenhagen that sees 55 percent of its residents commute by bicycle? And what needs to change in New Zealand cities to stop the decades long decline in those cycling on a daily basis? Ideas interviews: Bicycle Culture Consultant Mikael Colville-Anderson; Wellington City Councillor Celia Wade-Brown, and: BikeNZ CEO Kieran Turner.

August 21, 2009
AlastairS
21
Aug

Safer Journeys – a road safety strategy to 2020 There will be "road shows" about this Strategy. SASTA is meeting with MOT today (Friday 21 August). CAN is a member of SASTA. CAN is meeting with MOT about the Safer Journeys Strategy on Mon September 14th.  From NZTA Website: Safer Journeys – a road safety strategy to 2020 The government wants your views as part of the development of Safer Journeys, a road safety strategy to take New Zealand through to 2020. The government is currently seeking public feedback on a discussion document that outlines key road safety issues, and proposed actions for addressing them. This document is available on www.saferjourneys.govt.nz and you can have your say through an online submission form. Submissions will close on 5pm Friday 2 October 2009. An online forum will also be available so you can discuss your road safety...

August 21, 2009
Fiona
21
Aug

I don't regularly ride through this intersection, but had the chance yesterday on the way to the Regional Active Transport Forum. Some points I noticed below - any other comments from people who use the route? - coming from Wellington on the shared cycle/walking path on the south side of the Hutt Rd, the natural line to cross the intersection to get to the on ramp to SH2 (the red line on the attached image), joins the green strip after the detector pads, so it's likely that a cyclist won't set off the warning sign. - when the warning sign is set off, the light on the post where cyclists enter the onramp glows red. I think this means that the warning sign for motorists is activated, so in fact it's a good time for cyclists to cross the on ramp. However intuitively this means "stop" so cyclists will be confused by this. - crossing from the traffic island at the end of the Hutt...

August 21, 2009
AlastairS
21
Aug

  UCI world cup finale!  more info at: http://www.ucitrialsrotoruanz.com/index.php and go to:http://www.ucitrialsrotoruanz.com/volunteers.php to sign up as a volunteer   VOLUNTEERSRegistration open now   Thank you for clicking on this page! We can’t put on a successful World Cup without volunteers. You will be the heart and soul of the operation. Here’s what we need you to consider first: • You must be at least 18 years old. (If you are under the age of 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver). • You should be hardworking, enthusiastic and prepared to take on all roles as directed by team leaders. • You must be prepared to work long hours whatever the weather conditions. • You do not need experience - however if you have specific skills or have volunteered at other cycling events before please let us know. You will get our eternal gratitude...

August 21, 2009
chris lenth
21
Aug

CAN CYCLE-FRIENDLY AWARDS 2009- GET YOUR NOMINATIONS IN! Nominations have just been opened for the CAN Cycle-Friendly Awards 2009 in five categories: 1. Avanti award for best cycle facility project; 2. NZ Transport Agency award for best cycling promotion; 3. NZ Transport Agency award for cycle-friendly commitment by a business; 4. ViaStrada award for cycle-friendly commitment by a public organisation and 5. Taranaki Regional Council Award for cycling champion of the year Kiwis are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling projects or cycling champions for the Awards. Projects need to have been undertaken or completed between January 2008 and June 2009. Awards will be presented at the NZ Cycling Conference 2009, on Thursday 12th November. Winners will receive a uniquely designed "bicycle-bell" trophy, and a certificate. 'Early bird' nomination received by...

August 21, 2009
chris lenth
20
Aug

Auckland's harbour bridge clip-ons could be candidates for "orthopaedic surgery" which would enable walking and cycling paths to be added and could improve their longevity. The Transport Agency has been given a proposal by engineering consultants working with the Getacross campaign to find ways of adding walking and cycling links without shortening the life of the 40-year-old clip-ons. The proposal from the award-winning Holmes Consulting Group - for two "orthopaedic diaphragm" beams to be slung under the main arch section of the bridge to support the clip-ons running along both sides of the structure - is being examined by the agency's bridge engineering specialists in New Zealand and Britain. It features a load-sharing mechanism by which the main truss bridge would support proportions of peak loads on the clip-ons, reducing metal fatigue by limiting their vertical movements....

August 20, 2009
KirstenS
19
Aug

Invitation from Barbara Branch Councillor, Hutt City   I would like to invite you and your organisation members to a hear a special 'keynote' speaker - Steve Henry, who we have been very fortunate to persuade to speak in Lower Hutt for one night only.  Steve was the most inspirational speaker at a recent Local Government NZ conference held in Christchurch earlier this year.  All the delegates who attended from all the community boards were impressed with his ideas and vision for interacting with local communities, including businesses and also councils to encourage eco friendly and sustainable development.  I am sure that this would be of great interest to your group - and it is FREE!   The meeting is to be held at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre on Tuesday, 15th September 6.45pm for a 7pm start.  I would be delighted if you, and anyone that you think would be interested in the future...

August 19, 2009
ribell
19
Aug

Frocks on Bikes are coming out of hibernation and putting together a frocktastic line-up of events for spring. So freshen up your frocks and flash up your bicycle for soon we ride! Frocks Day Out on Ponsonby Road is the first Frockilicious event on September 12th with many more planned for Frock-tober. Check it all out on the Frocks on Bikes website and get updates through Twitter. PASS IT ON ...   Unity Auckland Cycle Chic

August 19, 2009
Unity