News: October 2009

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Oct

Here's CTC's new campaign: Stop SMIDSY Stop ‘Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You’ Because sometimes sorry just isn’t enough. Bad driving intimidates and harms innocent people. Cyclists and pedestrians are particularly endangered by negligent or aggressive driving because we’re not encased in a few tonnes of metal every time we set out on the roads. Stop SMIDSY will address how the police, prosecutors, the courts, and the law itself could all do a better job at encouraging people to use the roads in safer and more considerate ways. When we lobby these institutions on your behalf, we need evidence of how they need to improve. That’s where you come in. Visit http://www.stop-smidsy.org.uk/ for more information

October 12, 2009
Alex admin
12
Oct

By Sarah Bell BBC News Women cyclists make up a far higher proportion of deaths involving lorries than men. Why? Many of the fatalities involving cyclists happen in collisions with a heavy goods vehicle (HGV). This year, seven of the eight people killed by lorries in London have been women. Considering that women make only 28% of the UK's cycling journeys, this seems extremely high. There are no national figures but there's little reason to think it is any different. In August, a 27-year-old woman died in Leeds after her bike was in collision with a lorry. These deaths could be attributed to a tragic anomaly, but some cycling campaigners are concerned whether there is something about how women cycle which puts them at greater risk from lorries. "It's something we're trying to understand. When you...

October 12, 2009
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12
Oct

'Smarter choices' is a broad collection of different initiatives aimed at enabling people to choose improved standards of accessibility with less car use. Our 2004 report 'Smarter Choices: Changing the Way we Travel' was commissioned by the DfT to make an assessment of the evidence available on workplace and school travel plans, personalised travel planning, public transport information and marketing, travel awareness campaigns, car clubs and car sharing, teleworking, teleconferencing, and home shopping. The report is some 700 pages, in two volumes, of case studies, literature reviews, and synthesis. Since then there has been important newer work on residential and leisure travel plans, and initiatives on cycling and walking. Previous reviews of evidence Already by 2004 there had been seven previous evidence reviews, dating back to 1997. Allowing for differences in definition, six...

October 12, 2009
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11
Oct

The Manukau Harbour Crossing project includes local cycling and walking improvements, to make it easier to get around on foot or by bicycle. Enter feedback and we'll compile for the NZTA.

October 11, 2009
SteveX
8
Oct

MINUTES October 7 2009 Chair:  Graeme Notetaker:  Graeme Present:  Graeme, Joanne, Gaye, Rowan, Alan. Apologies:  Stuart, Nathaniel. 1. Submissions: Regional Land Transport Strategy for Taranaki sent into the Taranaki Regional Council. Safer Journeys sent into the Ministry of Transport. 2. NTCA/CSIT Sept 2009 meeting. Ross McCoy from NZTA Wanganui was present along with Nathaniel and Carl Whittleston from NPDC. Reviewed progress on items of concern: Coronation Av/Junction Road intersection - no funds available for the intersection but $10K will be available to move back the projecting kerb on west side of SH3 at entrance plus move the signs. This should get rid of the pinch point for riders coming into town. Next meeting of the Taranaki Cycleways group to meet at the TRC 16th October. Waiwhakaiho River (traffic) Bridge work finished. NTCA to send letter to...

October 8, 2009
Graeme
8
Oct

Getting people out of cars and onto bicycles, a much more sustainable form of transportation, has long vexed environmentally conscious city planners. Although bike lanes painted on streets and automobile-free “greenways” have increased ridership over the past few years, the share of people relying on bikes for transportation is still less than 2 percent, based on various studies. An emerging body of research suggests that a superior strategy to increase pedal pushing could be had by asking the perennial question: What do women want? In the U.S., men’s cycling trips surpass women’s by at least 2:1. This ratio stands in marked contrast to cycling in European countries, where urban biking is a way of life and draws about as many women as men—sometimes more. In the Netherlands, where 27 percent of all trips are made by bike, 55 percent of all riders are women. In Germany 12 percent of...

October 8, 2009
Alex admin
2
Oct

Sorry it is so late. It was cobbled together from CAA and CAN hopefully I got it right. Let me know if it should be changed in anyway

October 2, 2009
Illona
2
Oct

Hi, I am not sure who will receive this email, but I spoke to Patrick of CAW at Park(ing) Day and talked to him about having a bike maintenance workshop at the waterfront festival from 12:00-5:00 on October 24th. Patrick mentioned that CAW had a bike maintenance stand and some tools we could possibly use.  I am interested in trying to make that happen if possible.  I know that CAW members will most likely be involved with the ride from Eastbourne that day, but if you know any keen cyclists who know bike maintenance skills who aren't participating in that ride (perhaps if they are injured?) might you ask them if they would be interested in helping with a workshop?  We currently have one volunteer who knows bike maintenance. Cheers, Babs Lakebabslakeb@yahoo.com

October 2, 2009
AlastairS
2
Oct

Hi, I am not sure who will receive this email, but I spoke to Patrick of CAW at Park(ing) Day and talked to him about having a bike maintenance workshop at the waterfront festival from 12:00-5:00 on October 24th. Patrick mentioned that CAW had a bike maintenance stand and some tools we could possibly use.  I am interested in trying to make that happen if possible.  I know that CAW members will most likely be involved with the ride from Eastbourne that day, but if you know any keen cyclists who know bike maintenance skills who aren't participating in that ride (perhaps if they are injured?) might you ask them if they would be interested in helping with a workshop?  We currently have one volunteer who knows bike maintenance. Cheers, Babs Lakebabslakeb@yahoo.com

October 2, 2009
AlastairS
1
Oct

From the meeting with Ross McCoy of NZTA and the NPDC Cycle Strategy team held on Wednesday, this document outlines what will be funded on state highways etc for the next 3 years. This document details the funding provided for the Taranaki region – and as a dynamic document will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect any approved variations to programmes, with the latest version available on the NZTA’s website at www.nzta.govt.nz. For information on funding for the rest of New Zealand (and how the NLTP is developed and managed) see the ‘national’ document, which is also available at www.nzta.govt.nz.

October 1, 2009
Graeme
1
Oct

October issue of Stepping Forward, the NZ Transport Agency’s newsletter on the implementation of a three-year transport planning, programming and funding cycle in New Zealand. This edition covers the following topics: • NLTP: Managing activities to programme and budget • NLTP: New reporting tool makes it a bit easier • Links to the national and regional NLTP documents • Getting value for money through procurement • Review of efficiency of SuperGold card

October 1, 2009
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