News: October 2009

29
Oct

Highlights this issue: NZ Cycling Conference, New Plymouth, 2009 CAN Do 2009 Great rides to do in Taranaki, including the Forgotten Highway Interview with Hugh Wilson and much more!

October 29, 2009
adrian
28
Oct

A study of over 2000 NZers on the factors that motivate them to commute by bike. See pdf article attachment or follow links at:http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/papbyrecent.dtl (22 Oct 2009)   

October 28, 2009
julied
27
Oct

Wellington cycle crashes 2004-08 Where should Wellington City Council spend its cycling budget?  Where are there dangerous drain grates that need replacing with bike-friendly ones? WCC is meeting CAW members and want our input.  Please post your thoughts by Tue 3 November. 

October 27, 2009
Patrick
22
Oct

Recently, while checking in on the Craigslist Missed Connections (for the blog, I swear, for the blog!) I happened upon the following post:MC with bike partner/mentor - 25 (Williamsburg) [original URL: http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/mis/719927591.html] Reply to: pers-719927591@craigslist.org Date: 2008-06-14, 4:37PM EDT Posting here since I don't think people read the platonic section and everyone loves missed connections. I am a 25 year old female, just bought my first road bike (!) and it should be ready to roll next Monday (getting fixed up this week). I am looking for someone to ride with at least a few times, from williamsburg to battery park (or at least to the east river green path) so I can get the hang of it since I am a little nervous, esp. about getting off the w'burg bridge in traffic and finding the green path. I am just trying to avoid doing dumb...

October 22, 2009
Alex admin
21
Oct

WCC are calling for submissions on Te Raekaihau Point development. This is an important section of Great Harbour Way on the south coast, and it would be useful if the council included a continuous walking/biking path as part of the plan. There are some information evening 27 Oct & 1 Nov- anyone want to help with a submission? Submissions are due 20 Nov.  

October 21, 2009
AlastairS
21
Oct

Brumby launches bikes into mainstream 24 March 2009. Commuting to work in Melbourne is set for major change now that bike infrastructure will have equal status in the planning and building of Victoria’s transport network. The era of discrimination, where bike riders were lucky to get a few left-overs when roads were built, has officially ended with the government’s announcement of the Victorian Cycling Strategy. (2.2 MB download) “This is a history-making document,” Bicycle Victoria CEO Harry Barber said. “For the first time in Australia bike riding has been formally recognized as part of the core transport system.” Mr Barber was commenting on the release of Premier Brumby’s $115M blueprint for future bike infrastructure investment. The release of the transport strategy follows 13 months of frank discussion between Bicycle Victoria and the state government. ...

October 21, 2009
Alex admin
21
Oct

WHAT?         “Bike!Whangarei”- Public Meeting WHEN?         6pm Thursday 22 October WHERE?       Brauhaus Frings – 104 Lower Dent St WHY?            Good question!!   A formalstructure is required so Bike!Whangareican champion, coordinate, fundraise and help implement the WDC Walking andCycling Strategy, the Whangarei component of the National Cycleway – andgenerally support cyclists and cycling! This will involve lots of work but will alsoestablish the cycling community’s credibility in our district. AGENDAApologies!!  Yikes.  We need 15 inaugural members and $100 to incorporate!   (First 10 members get a free beer!) Elect office holders:  Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer. Need to agree purposes and rules for incorporation:  Our ideas so far:                                  I.     to...

October 21, 2009
Paul Doherty
20
Oct

Here's What the NYC DOT Has Been Doing to Help Cyclists It's always great to see cities that are making real efforts to encourage people to cycle. The benefits can be enormous: Healthier people, fewer cars on the road, less air pollution, a more human-scale city that attracts more tourists, etc. In the video below, various officials from New York City's Department of Transportation explain the thinking behind various types of new bike lanes in the city (on the left, buffered, and completely separated). NYC bike lanes video Via StreetFilms

October 20, 2009
Alex admin
20
Oct

Good afternoon all, As you will all be aware I have resigned from my position here at Wellington City Council, and I am pleased to advise that my replacement has been appointed. Anna Blomquist has accepted the position, and she will anticipate starting in mid-November. For some of you Anna will be a familiar name as she is no stranger to road safety, and leaves her current position as road safety coordinator for Hutt City Council, to join us here in Wellington. Anna has a strong background in education and is very passionate about road safety in all forms. It is with absolute confidence that I hand over the reigns to her as Transport Safety Education Coordinator for Wellington City Council. I know you will all make Anna feel welcome, and help her transition here be a smooth one. Best wishes Anna. Warmest regards Michelle Stevenson Transport Safety Education Coordinator Infrastructure...

October 20, 2009
Alex admin
19
Oct

Hi All, One of this year's Cycling Conference keynote speakers, Phillip Darnton from Cycling England, is scheduled to be interviewed on Kim Hill's radio programme on 24 October. Check out National Radio  for updates. And check out the Cycling Conference website for more info on Philip Darnton - he's got some really inspiring examples of cyclist-friendly towns, and cycling skills training programmes. Fantastic news, and many thanks to Patrick for his work on this! Cheers, Jane

October 19, 2009
jdawson
19
Oct

Encouraging Cycling There are many ways in which cycling can be encouraged which complement engineering and planning initiatives. Cycling England’s professional support team can provide advice on ways in which local authorities and others can encourage more people to cycle, working with those engaged as professionals and with elected members. Benefits of Cycling Cycling to School Integration with Public Transport Journey Planner Marketing & Promotion Member Support Monitoring & Evaluation Professional Support Smart Measures Portfolio Travel Plans and Wider Engagement From DfT.govt.uk

October 19, 2009
Alex admin
19
Oct

Cycle Lanes: Safety under Scrutiny Oriental Bay, WellingtonLatest research has shed doubt on the benefits of cycle lanes, often thought to be a key incentive for novice cyclists. It would appear that, in the absence of a cycle lane, drivers show more care and consideration when overtaking. If there is a cycle lane, drivers tend to treat it as the only space cyclists need and leave less room when overtaking them. Many cycle lanes are not even the recommended width (2 metres recommended, 1.5 metres minimum), so they are often too narrow, and may present obstacles such as drain covers, pot holes and rubbish. Cycling England says: “Cycle lanes can provide benefits for cyclists but they should not be considered to be the default solution for on-road facilities, especially when this results in them being too narrow, badly sited or not continuous.”DfT Guidelines CTC Press...

October 19, 2009
Alex admin
19
Oct

Thousands more parking places created at stations – but only for cyclists The daily misery of hunting for a space in the railway station car park and being charged up to £20 for the privilege will soon be over for thousands of commuters — if they switch from petrol to pedal power. The Government will announce today that it is creating 10,000 additional secure cycle spaces at stations as part of a commitment to “put cycling at the heart of transport policy”. Hundreds of stations will get cycle stands monitored by CCTV cameras or with cages accessible by swipe cards. Ministers have not yet ruled out reallocating spaces from cars to bikes. In addition, ten main stations, Waterloo, Victoria and St Pancras in London, as well as Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Liverpool Lime Street, will gain “cycle hubs” offering cheap repairs, cycle hire and supervised parking...

October 19, 2009
Alex admin
16
Oct

10:32AM Friday Oct 16, 2009 A 62-year-old North Shore doctor has died from head injuries after he was knocked off his bicycle in a hit-and-run northwest of Auckland on Wednesday. Ian Graham Robinson, from Mairangi Bay, was riding with a friend, a fellow doctor, near Helensville, northwest of Auckland, when hit by a white Toyota utility. Dr Robinson never regained consciousness after the incident on Peak Rd and died in hospital last night. The driver did not stop and police have appealed for information. Dr Robinson and his friend were riding about 25 metres apart on a straight stretch of road, police said. Sergeant Mike Colson said the friend saw the impact but the only description he could provide of the vehicle was that it was a white or cream 1980s style Toyota utility vehicle with a rear deck with a fibreglass hard cover. It appeared to be old and...

October 16, 2009
Patrick
15
Oct

The funding process for Phase Two of the New Zealand Cycleway project was announced today by the Ministry of Tourism.The much anticipated funding process for Phase Two of the New Zealand Cycleway project was announced today by the Ministry of Tourism. General Manager, Ray Salter, says there are three stages to this process with consideration of the merits of each proposal being assessed at each stage before moving to the next. They are: Stage one: Concept Proposal Stage two: Feasibility study and Stage three: Business Case. For more info: http://www.tourism.govt.nz/Our-Work/New-Zealand-Cycleway-Project/New-Zealand-Cycleway-Funding-Process/

October 15, 2009
Graeme
15
Oct

Mikael at Copenhagen Cycle Chic Globe and Mail journalist Gary Mason visits a city where they really do put bikes ahead of cars; it is city policy in Copenhagen. He interviews Andreas Rohl, suggesting that the bicycle program manager's job is to "ponder the daily question: How can he make life hell for the car drivers of this Scandinavian capital." But Mr. Rohl never actually says that, it's just Mason playing to his poor, suffering "war on the car" audience in Toronto. But Rohl does admit to trying to make a commute on two wheels more attractive than four. "This is what we work on a lot," said Mr. Rohl, an every-day cyclist who does not own a car. "It's all about normalization: making the experience of getting in and around the city on a bicycle as normal and hassle-free as possible. "We have reached the point where riding a bike is a far better mode of...

October 15, 2009
Alex admin
15
Oct

TRAFINZ 2009 brought together over 200 transport professionals and practitioners in Auckland from September 6-9 to discuss the future of land transport, road safety, and planning our cities and towns. Three Big Themes from the Conference Theme 1 Transport Future There was a clear clash of world views between speakers thinking the future will be very like the last 50 years in terms of how we get around, and those who say the world will change and New Zealand risks being left behind. Whatever your world view, the message was scenario planning, New Zealand is not currently in that space. Theme 2 Safety We know we will fail horribly in meeting the objectives of the current 2010 Road Safety Strategy. This year 420 – 430 people will die on our roads, the target next year is to get under 300! Transport Minister Steven Joyce said...

October 15, 2009
Alex admin
15
Oct

Kia ora tatau On 22 August, over 150 of you came out to support safer cycle lanes in Wellington and the 350 movement, promoting cycling as a low carbon form of transport. (photo attached) Cycle Aware Wellington (www.caw.org.nz <http://www.caw.org.nz>) is organizing another huge cycle ride bringing awareness to these two very important causes – and, of course, because cycling is fun, fast and free! This time, we are drawing attention to the Great Harbour Way, Wellington’s beautiful coastline, and the necessity for a safe cycle route connecting Eastbourne, Hutt City and Wellington City.  So mark your calendars for Saturday, 24 October, oil your chain, grab your helmet, water bottle, patch kit, sunscreen and let’s ride! Apologies if you've received this communication multiple times but please do forward this email to your networks, friends and lovers of 2-wheeled transport!  You...

October 15, 2009
Alex admin
12
Oct

Daryl has put together a draft. Thanks Daryl! Please post any feedback by Monday 19 Oct. Backgroud here: http://wellington.govt.nz/haveyoursay/publicinput/wellington2040.html   Wellington 2040-Feedback Form Q1 All café & retail spaces, parks & waterfront, all equally Make verandahs continuous, and high across intersections Make short cuts from corner-to-corner across all parks Cease building underground car-parks on the waterfront especially those under raised decks which block views Make all-weather promenades under verandas, and plant trees along the waterfront Q2 The waterfront quays & streets, and Taranaki St Difficult to walk across without refuges Plant trees and provide refuges Q3 Geography Compactness Q4 Main threat now is trauma from cars In the future, Technological-Age decline, sea level, & climate Q5 Transit Malls Make the...

October 12, 2009
Patrick
12
Oct

Introduction from CAA's Chair Mark Bracey: Without a doubt, this month's eNews is the best I have ever seen.  And like this monthly newsletter, I am continually amazed at how the Cycle Action organisation has grown in strength since I first joined over 10 years ago. It is extraordinary what a dedicated group of individuals can achieve when they share a common passion and goal.  It is for these reasons that I am looking forward to my year as the new Chair. I would also like to extend a big thank you to all the members who support the organisation financially.  Cycle Action is run entirely by volunteers and it is this financial contribution that enables us to be more effective. Please feel free to pass on the eNews to friends, family, colleagues - it might be the motivation they need to join us as well.  This month's newsletter contains some of the latest projects and events-  such as...

October 12, 2009
KirstenS