New Zealand's idiosyncratic give-way road rules are set to change. Transport Minister Steven Joyce has this morning unveiled the Government's Safer Journeys 10-year road safety strategy. In a speech at parliament, Mr Joyce confirmed a package of measures to tackle teen drivers. The package will go to Cabinet this month. It includes: * Raising the driving age from 15 to 16;* Requiring novice drivers to have 120 hours' supervised practice before driving alone; * Introducing a zero drink-drive limit for drivers under 20; * Better education;* An investigation into vehicle power restrictions.A second package to address alcohol and drug impaired drivers would go to Cabinet next month. It included compulsory alcohol interlock devices and a zero limit for repeat drink driving offenders.Much of the Safer Journeys strategy has been foreshadowed over a number of months, but Mr Joyce sprung a...
News: March 2010
Safer Journeys is a strategy to guide improvements in road safety over the period 2010–2020. The long term goal for road safety in New Zealand is set out in its vision: "A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury"Download it at http://www.transport.govt.nz/saferjourneys/Pages/default.aspx This vision recognises that while we could never prevent all road crashes from happening, we could ultimately stop many of them resulting in death and serious injury. It also broadens our focus beyond preventing deaths to also preventing serious injuries. To support the vision, Safer Journeys takes a Safe System approach to road safety. This approach means working across all elements of the road system (vehicles, roads, speeds and road users) and recognises that everybody has responsibility for road safety. We have also identified issues that are areas of most concern. These are...
Prominent Auckland architects, Copeland Associates, are about to start work on design concepts for the Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway. We'd like your input, please take the short survey here:http://survey.usuite.com/survey/7c130cf3178940d2a8421693b340d7f5.surOther news:We're forming a Pathway Steering Group to meet monthly and oversee the delivery of the project. We continue to meet fortnightly with NZTA regarding the Pathway.We're working to a deadline of the Rugby World Cup - next year!All the best, Andy Smithandysmith@clear.net.nz
The Nelson Tasman Active Transport Forum is a multi-party forum for those within the region who have an interest in the development and promotion of active transport. The forum was set up to encourage information sharing and cross-sector action in Nelson/Tasman between agencies with an interest in Active Transport, including representatives from such sectors as education, environment, health and disability, recreation, sport, tourism, transport and local and national government. The Nelson Tasman forum meets three or four times a year. We hope to develop a website page shortly that will display agendas, minutes and presentations from each forum, as well the Terms of Reference, (which are attached to this email) For 2010, with funding support from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, Nelson City Council will be responsible for hosting and facilitating the forum meetings....
CAN has produced a guide for instructors. You can download it from the bottom of this page.It includes lesson plans, road layout diagrams, and how to set up a training course.Course SummaryOn successful completion of this course the trainees will have completed the NZ Cycle Skills Training Guidelines Grade One and Two outcomes.Following is a summary of the exercises contained in the course.Session 1: Bike, helmet, clothing check. Brakes, starting and stopping, shoulder check, gears, slalom, emergency stop and signalling.Session 2: Bike check, starting and finishing and on road journey, passing side roads, u turns, passing parked vehicles.Session 3: Bike check and left turns.Session 4: Bike check and right turns.Session 5: Bike check, left and right turns and crossroads.Session 6: Roundabouts / refresher exercises.Each session is approximately 90 minutes allowing for a...
With fuel costs soaring and environmental conservation in vogue, the bicycle is making a comeback in many cities, becoming a major part of urban transportation plans. Men's website AskMen.com has come up with a list of the world's top most bicycle-friendly cities. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands Amsterdam's comes top when it comes to bicycle-friendly cities and nearly 40 percent of all commutes in Amsterdam are done by bicycle.Public bikes are available to rent and plans to construct a massive bike parking structure at the city's main train station are under way. 2. Copenhagen, Denmark About 32 per cent of Copenhagen residents are biking to work on a regular basis. The city's pro-bike culture allows you to rent a public bike for free for just a deposit. 3. Bogota, Colombia While government programs...
If you are going to have a lawn, TreeHugger Mike recommends a reel (or push) mower. (But then, he is an addict) If you are going to have a really big lawn, talk to Ted Wojcik. He built this mower, seen at the North American Handmade Show. He normally builds more conventional bikes at Ted Wojcik Custom Bicycles in New Hampshire. According to his website,After more than 25 years of designing and manufacturing bicycle frames, Ted is revered as one of the masters of the trade. His bicycles have won medals at USCF championships, NORBA events, Tour Du Pont, the Pan-Am Games, and World Champnship Track events. Tipster John says "a few people tried it out and it totally did the job and rode real smoothly and easily due to the design. It was the talk of the show."From Treehugger.com
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