News: April 2010

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In late 2009, CAN undertook some work to review its operations; this change was driven by a need to Refocus and Restructure CAN's organisation.The attached public summary document outlines the key changes proposed and adopted by CAN. Work is underway to implement these.For further information, contact the Chair. 

April 30, 2010
glen
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Apr

Looking for a new place to live can be stressful. If you are renting a place, then finding a suitable apartment may be less stressful than purchasing a home since the decision does not seem as permanent. Renting an apartment would be the best choice for you. While you likely sign a lease when you rent an apartment, it is unlikely you will stay in the apartment as long as you would a home.There are lots of considerations in choosing for an apartment. The most important thing would be its location and neighborhood. It is the essential thing to consider in choosing an apartment. Second would be amenities and facilities and the third would be the cost of the apartment unit. Edmonton apartments for rent has all the information you need to know about your dream apartment. Always keep in mind that the nearest apartment to a more populated area, the higher its cost would be.You will need to...

April 29, 2010
AndySmithson
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Apr

Reminder:Submissions close Friday 30th April at 5.00 pm.  You can use the online submission form .  I did a copy&paste&edit from the NTCA email sent out earlier this month as a private submission.  NTCA's will be going in tomorrow as a written submission and will post up a copy of it next week.

April 29, 2010
Graeme
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Apr

Throughout May, Council staff and police will be out talking with cyclists as part of our annual safety campaign. Cyclists who are not visible enough will be stopped and given temporary lights and vouchers for reflective gear and lights to be used at a selection of Wellington shops. The Council's Transport Safety Education Coordinator Anna Blomquist says not to panic if you're stopped at the Police checks. "All we're doing is encouraging cyclists to be brighter and therefore safer. The more likely you are to be seen the less likely you are to be hit." "Meanwhile, we hope regular cyclists - especially commuters - have already checked their lights are working and are wearing reflective gear. At this time of year it's already dark by the time a lot of people leave work." Anna says Council staff and police use the road code to guide cyclists. "This means cycling with lights on...

April 29, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

The city of Long Beach is undergoing a transformation: the goal of the council is to make Long Beach the most bike-friendly city in the USA. With a bike-friendly mayor and big support from the city council and many businesses, their plans are ambitious. They are thinking big and acting fast. This is a great 5 minute clip. The city is creating physically protected cycleways, roads with unique green striping in the middle to keep bikes out of the door-zone (GREAT idea!), Southern California's first bicycle boulevard, and hundreds of additional bike racks. They also have a comprehensive education program in place for students, police, and transit operators (not covered in this clip). This begs a question: Where could NZ's most bike-friendly city be in 2015? And how do we get our political representatives to support bike-friendly settlements that are Good for People, Good for...

April 29, 2010
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Apr

Wellington cyclists are cleaning up their act with a courtesy campaign aimed at curbing bad biking behaviour on the waterfront.Video: https://youtu.be/eY8FSTlH5C8 News release from Cycle Aware Wellington Cyclists call for courtesy on the waterfront8 May 2010 Wellington cyclists are cleaning up their act with a courtesy campaign aimed at curbing bad biking behaviour on the waterfront. Cycle Aware Wellington starts a campaign on 11 May to encourage people who ride bikes along the waterfront to cruise with courtesy. “The waterfront is a lovely place to walk, meet your friends, or ride a bike, “ says CAW member Claire Pascoe. “But riding too fast or too close annoys people.” “Just as cyclists ask motorists to slow down and give them space, we need to make sure we’re doing the same in areas we share with walkers.” “We want people using the waterfront to make sure...

April 28, 2010
Patrick
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Apr

On New York’s hurried streets, one passing cyclist can appear no different from another. But cyclists are hardly a monolithic subculture — more like a collection of finely divided sub-subcultures, each with its own uniform, lingo and attitude toward the bicycle’s place in the urban landscape. Here’s a look at members of five different cycling tribes.Bike messengers continue to hold their place as iconic New York riders, but Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates cycling, walking and public transit, counted only 1,700 of them last year; there are about twice as many food deliverers on two wheels in the five boroughs, according to the group. And both those tribes account for a small fraction of the 185,000 New Yorkers said to commute by bicycle, to say nothing of those who ride for exercise or road-trip on weekends.So what does cycling culture look like? Is it dodging...

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

This Guide has been developed with key industry players to help all businesses and organisations take up sustainable transport options. This is a visible and often immediate way for businesses to show their commitment to sustainability and a great start for any sustainability journey. Sustainable transport practices can also deliver significant cost savings, by reducing airfares, fleet costs, fuel costs, car parking and freight costs. Some less obvious benefits are improved employee health from walking, cycling and running to work, increased productivity and a reduction in employee absenteeism. The Guide provides detailed strategies and examples covering a broad spectrum of transport related issues for all organisations, regardless of size or industry.Download here (PDF 3MB)

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

I had always been under the impression that it was so easy to cycle in Holland that no cycle training was required or delivered. But I am mistaken; cycle training in the Netherlands:

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

The Institute of Advanced Motorists is urging cyclists to make themselves seen and to "claim their lane", moving out into the middle of the lane when approaching a junction or parked cars. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has 100,000+ members and runs the advanced driving test. Duncan Pickering, IAM Cycling Development Manager, said: "There has been some debate as to whether cyclists should stick to the kerb or push out into the road when riding in built-up areas. Our advice to cyclists, based on a comprehensive study, is to stay near to the kerb on long even stretches, but to assert yourself when approaching a junction, pushing out into the road and putting yourself in the direct view of drivers. "Sticking to the kerb where drivers are not necessarily looking means they are less likely to see you." IAM's views are based on two reports, 'Collisions involving...

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

I'm walking through the 1960s housing estate when a policeman, cycling furiously, overtakes. In a single elegant move he rear-wheel skids his bike to halt, drops the bike and approaches, arm held out: "Just a second, sir." I take an instinctive step back – straight on to the front wheel of another police bike. A burly arm pulls me backwards across the handlebars. Helpless, my collar is well and truly felt.This is, luckily, a training exercise, but if the officers involved – PCs James Aveling and Mike Notley – had been minded to take me in for questioning you could understand why.About three weeks ago I wrote what was, in retrospect, a slightly foolish post for this blog. Why, I wondered, did police in Northampton need 10 hours of training before they were allowed out on a bike? How hard could it be? A number of readers (including Secretcyclist a police cycle patrol instructor...

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

Cycling advocates say Auckland will lose a valuable extension of its public transport system if a bike rental operator is squeezed out by the city council. The council has ordered rental operator Nextbike to remove 69 of its 170 bikes from street fixtures by the end of the month, to comply with a resource consent and free its bike racks for general cyclists. But the company, which says it provides 55 per cent of rides on its bikes free to 2000 registered users, says that unless it can expand its fleet it will have to pull the plug on a loss-making operation. It is preparing a business case for more bike stands from the council in return for continuing to offer free bike trips of up to 30 minutes, after which it charges $4 an hour, and has an appointment with council staff to discuss its request tomorrow. But city transport committee chairman Ken Baguley is also concerned about...

April 26, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

Two articles of interest from my friends. New Delhi high court ruling on cycle rickshaws, that included cylists as well http://www.livemint.com/2010/03/17205103/Progress-in-an-urban-mess.html John Pucher's progress in Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling from a health perspective http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/Pucher_Dill_Handy10.pdf cheers, Sridhar

April 24, 2010
Sridhar
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Apr

Riding a bike like this sends a clear advocacy message: cycling is more than just a sport. Everyday cycling is back, and beautiful.A new breed of simple, stylish, practical city bike is making a comeback overseas and is starting to arrive here. These bikes are easy to ride and low-maintenance, harking back to the ones some of us grew up with, but with modern 8- or 9-speed hub gears and disc brakes, their performance is in a different league. And some are gorgeous, like the Civia Loring from the USA.The Loring is designed for shorter trips around town (up to 10km), carrying up to 25kg spread between the rear pannier rack and the unique front rack, designed to take two shopping bags side by side. The bike has a very stable feel even while loaded, and the upright riding position encourages relaxed cruising. The Loring comes with all mod cons (apart from dynamo lighting)...

April 23, 2010
Anne F
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Apr

A cyclist was deliberately knocked off his bike in an incident New Plymouth police have branded as road rage....See: http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/3608495/Cyclist-hit-deliberately

April 22, 2010
Graeme
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Apr

The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) says cyclists, like all road users, need to pay full attention while on the road. A woman cyclist killed yesterday after being struck by a train near Tauranga is believed to have been listening to an iPod-style music player. CAN spokesman Bevan Woodward recommends that people shouldn't use headphones while cycling. “The Road Code is clear. All drivers – and this includes cyclists – must not allow themselves to be distracted.” “We support the Road Code: don't play music so loudly that you can't hear emergency sirens, or the sound of warning bells when you're coming up to a railway level crossing.” “Any person cycling, like anyone walking or driving, needs to pay attention to traffic,” said Mr Woodward. “That means turning down the volume of your music player so that you can still detect important audio cues.” -ENDS- For further information or...

April 21, 2010
Patrick
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Apr

A woman cyclist killed after being struck by a train is believed to have been distracted listening to an iPod-style music player, prompting warnings about the dangers of the devices. The 55-year-old, from Tauranga, was crossing a rail intersection with her bicycle on Matapihi Road, Mount Maunganui, at 2.30pm yesterday when the goods train, pulling six carriages, hit her. The train driver braked immediately, but she was carried 40m down the tracks. The woman - who has yet to be formally identified - died instantly. Tauranga Senior Sergeant Tania Kura said it appeared the woman was distracted and did not see the north-bound train. "It's hard to see how it happened. The warnings are well signposted here, and the barrier arm was down." The woman had stepped around a pedestrian fence while the rail barriers were down. A witness said it appeared she was listening to an iPod or other...

April 21, 2010
Patrick
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Apr

Forced stationary bicycle pedalingtherapy at a high steady cadence (RPM) has recently been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Dr. Jay Alberts, a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic, in a paper presented in Paris, June 15, 2009, reported that Parkinsons disease patients, who were forced to pedal at a high steady rate (80-90 RPM) showed a 35% improvement in motor function. Dr. Aberts is currently using an electric motorized mini cycle to force Parkinson's patients to pedal at a high cadence. The patients pedaling rate is approximately 30% greater than their preferred rate. Brain scans (seen on ABC news) of Parkinson's patients in Dr. Alberts' study showed increased brain activation similar to treatment with the common  Parkinson's disease medication levodopa...

April 19, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

The Royal Mail has confirmed long-standing rumours that the traditional postal worker’s bike is to be phased out, citing the dangers faced by cyclists on Britain’s roads as a prime motivation behind the decision, and has rejected calls to use cargo tricyles instead of vans to deliver letters and parcels. Yesterday, the Labour peer Lord Berkeley, secretary of the All-Parliamentary Cycling Group and a critic of the move to dispense with postal delivery bikes, revealed to the House of Lords that Adam Crozier, chief executive of Royal Mail had written to explain the reasons behind the decision. According to Mr Crozier’s letter, which was written as part of a reply to a Parliamentary Question raised by Lord Berkeley earlier this year, the Royal Mail’s fleet of 24,000 bicycles “pose the wider safety risk associated with busy street networks, where the rider is...

April 19, 2010
Alex admin
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Apr

After watching an inspired doco called ‘The Age of Stupid’, my wife Sarah and I began Mamachari Bicycles at the start of 2010 as a way to learn to live more lightly on this beautiful planet we’ve been blessed with. Since then, we’ve become importers, bike mechanics, bloggers, retailers and in a way, cycle advocates. Now we have an awesome new logo and website put together by our talented neighbours and friends, Hannah and Thomas, who also created World Sweet World. Waiting in the wings, we’re planning to re-locate to have our warehouse, workshop and showroom all under the same roof. It has been getting more and more cramped under our house which is packed with bikes. We have a workshop that fits one bicycle at a time and our garden has not had much gardening in the last little while. We’ve sourced second-hand, upright bicycles directly from Japan in order to recycle them back...

April 19, 2010
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