News: July 2010

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Well-designed urban bike paths are a cyclist's dream, making it easy for folks to ditch their cars for a more eco-friendly commute. Sometimes, however, it just doesn't seem worth the effort to build them at all. Even in the biker's paradise of Holland, city officials apparently haven't figured out that those special paths are supposed to get you from here to there -- not here to, well, here. One little cyclist's lane in the Dutch city of Epe may soon be taking the prize as the world's shortest bike path, measuring in at under 9 feet in length. Somehow this tiny bike path, 8.8 feet long and clearly marked with two signs that look nearly an arm's length apart, was dreamt up by Epe's municipal council to secure bike traffic in the city, reports Globo. But if city officials were really just vying for a world record, they may be out of luck. As short as it is, Epe's bike path...

July 29, 2010
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Jul

In a very interesting initiative that began last January, a group of three non governmental organizations from Mexico City are organizing bike rides for the blind and visually impaired. The rides are guided by volunteers on tandem bikes, and are offered on Sunday mornings, when a few streets in the historical center of the city are closed for pedestrians and human powered vehicles. What does this do for these people? More than you would think. According to El Universal (via Mejor en Bici), the rides are an initiative by Bicitekas, Muévete por tu Ciudad, and Contacto Braille. The idea began in 2008 and materialized in January, when the rides began at Paseo de la Reforma on Sunday mornings. You would think that a bike ride would be something small for people with visibility problems, but the words chosen by the users to describe the experience in  video  stories by Bicitekas prove...

July 29, 2010
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Jul

TV3's Lachlan Forsyth is doing a story on cycle helmets and the law, featuring me reciting CAN's policy, and possibly Barb Cuthbert. It may screen tonight. 

July 29, 2010
Patrick
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Jul

When challenged to come up with a way to inspire more people to bike for transportation in addition to recreation, three three "former non-bikers" from New York City proposed a campaign to focus on mutual respect between drivers and bikers. The team, calling itself "!ola," was one of four competitors in a contest sponsored by Yoxi, a new site dedicated to social innovation. In its debut competition, Yoxi (pronounced yo-see) posed this question:How can we make our cities more welcoming to bikers? How can we encourage more people to ride a bike when they can? The solution could come in many forms: a product, program, device, game, movement, or competition. It could involve new business models and bike sharing; new bike design that's safer and more comfortable or government-funded workshops to teach people better biking. Whatever it is, it's got to be smart and have mass appeal....

July 26, 2010
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Jul

As bike culture comes into its own, many people switching to two-wheeled transportation want to ride with style. From "Cycle Chic" fashion shows in stylish Santa Barbara during National Bike to Work Month, to major designers revamping bikes into fashion statements, cyclists are looking for more than just a utilitarian form of transportation. That's why designs like this one by Faris ELmasu, which brings carrying cargo to a new level of style, are sure to become more and more common. Stylish bike baskets can be hard to find. The best most of us can do is mounting a wicker picnic basket onto our bikes. But, as Yanko Design writes, designer Faris ELmasu is "about to change the entire world of bike baskets" with the Bent Wood Basket designed for those with an eye for the unusual/trend-setting/more-than-just-functional. It's simple, calls to those with an Ikea-minimalist mindset, and...

July 26, 2010
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In a city where bike theft is a very good reason to make you doubt about riding somewhere, providing parking facilities is almost as important as creating new bike paths. This is the case in Buenos Aires (and many cities around the world), and the reason why it's so good to hear that the government has pushed a new law to provide several bike-parking facilities, including spaces inside private parking lots at lower rates. If you ride in Buenos Aires or are thinking about doing it, you need to read this. There are different actions the government is pushing to provide bike parking, as another part of its Mejor en Bici program. The most important being the obligation for all private parking lots to offer 8 bike spots for every 50 vehicle spots they have, at a rate that can never be higher than 10% of the car fare. Why is this amazing? Private parking spots are...

July 26, 2010
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Jul

Researchers have identified policies in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands that have made cycling safe, convenient and mainstream in these countries. Coordinated transport, educational and land use measures have increased the popularity of this sustainable mode of transport over recent decades.Download document here (PDF 100KB)

July 26, 2010
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Jul

Hi all,Just letting you all know that we now have information on Model Communities on our Website.You can access the info at either of the two links below;Walking & Cycling Model CommunitiesIt should provide you with a good overview of Model Communities but if you have any further queries don’t hesitate in touching base.Gerry DancePrincipal Advisor, Network ManagementNZTA

July 26, 2010
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Jul

Cycling is a convenient and healthy way to get from A to B. We would all be better off if more people cycle, more often. Benefits for you:Feel good: better physical and mental healthSave money: lower transport and health costsLess stress: no parking worries, predictable travel time, arrive at your destination feeling energisedBenefits for others:cleaner airless traffic congestionmore free parking spacesquieter and more attractive streetslower road building and maintenance costsless fuel to importstreets with good cycling and walking facilities have higher property prices and retail salesreduces the costs of climate changeWith two thirds of urban trips shorter than 6 km (a distance that is easily bikeable in 20 minutes), cycling has huge potential to improve living standards for New Zealanders. Facts and FictionBut there are some common misperceptions...

July 22, 2010
Patrick
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Jul

From Manhattan's Summer Streets to Bogota's Ciclovia, TreeHugger is a big fan of reclaiming asphalt in favor of human interaction. But I'm not sure we've ever seen anything on this scale. A town in Germany recently shut down an entire section of Autobahn—that's right, the famous German highways with no speed limit—in order to hold a gigantic party for upwards of 3 million people! But what was it all for?The event, called "Still Life", was being held to celebrate the naming of the Ruhr region as the European Cultural Capital for 2010. According to the Huffington Post, which has a fabulous slideshow of the Still Life festivities, 3 million people turned out, with one million of them making an appearance on their bicycles, to enjoy the 37 miles of closed highway. To top off the festivities, everyone sat down to break bread at a 60 kilometer (37 mile) table made up of over 20,...

July 22, 2010
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More than $5 million is to be spent on four paths linking Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North and Clive. Hastings is to receive funding under the New Zealand Transport Agency's walking and cycling model communities plan, which aims to encourage councils to integrate walking and cycling in transport planning. From 22 council expressions of interest, Hastings and New Plymouth have received nearly $4 million each to complete their winning plans. NZTA central regional director Jenny Chetwynd said urban centres across New Zealand would be encouraged to follow suit. Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule said the cycleways project was another step towards making Hawke's Bay the walking and cycling capital of New Zealand. The ultimate vision is to get 40,000 vehicles a day off Hawke's Bay roads by encouraging commuters to walk or cycle. The strategy resulted in Hastings District Council...

July 22, 2010
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Jul

    Thanks for visiting stopatred.org.nz Give respect, get respect Stop at red is a campaign to reduce crashes and improve the status of cycling in the eyes of the public and policy-makers, and to tackle the attitudes of those cyclists whose behaviour perpetuates the image of cyclists as irresponsible. Its specific focus is on running red lights. It also has three general aims: To encourage cyclists to show courtesy towards other road users and pedestrians. To encourage greater compliance with the road rules. To improve the perception of people on bikes, by showing that most cyclists ride responsibly. Stop at red was inspired by a UK campaign, and created by concerned cyclists, alarmed about how cycling is being undermined by the reckless actions of an unrepresentative minority. We are simply...

July 19, 2010
Patrick
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Jul

The biking boom, cycle trails, safety tips: Monday's One 2 One including news, advice and encouragement. Hear online Peter Shaw talk to a variety of guests about cycling. Also interviewed were:Del Woodford from AvantiPlusKieran Turner Chief Executive of Bike NZAudio streaming on rhema.co.nz

July 19, 2010
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Jul

As Aucklanders consider who they will be voting for in the upcoming October super city elections, transport is shaping up as one of the major issues.That is why over the coming weeks on The David Shearer Show, David will be talking to a number of experts about various transport issues affecting the 1.4 million residents of New Zealand’s biggest city.This week David talks to Barbara Cuthbert from Cycle Action Auckland.Throughout Europe and across the developed world, cities are moving towards more bicycle-friendly cityscapes as leaders recognise the many benefits associated cycling, not only as recreational activity, but as a mode of transport.Barbara talks about those benefits and describes, in some detail, what Auckland could look like if we followed the example of cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen.Audio streaming from PlanetFM

July 19, 2010
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Jul

Tonight is the finale of a summer tour for Mr. B's Joybox Express. Blues & boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun (a.k.a. Mr. B) has been pedalling his custom-designed, piano-tricycle nearly 300 miles across Michigan, in what is described as "one of the longest human powered piano moves in history." The tricycle hauling Braun's 160 kg (352 pound) acoustic 'joybox' (an early American term for the piano) was made by Nobilette Cycles, who also craft handmade custom bikes, such as racing frames. Also accompanying Mark Braun on this musical odyssey have been Pete Siers, playing a specially designed drum set using a suitcase as a bass drum; Brian Delaney, playing an electric, solar-powered guitar and Carl Hildebrandt, who pulls his string bass on a trailer behind his bike. Their blues & boogie-woogie concerts have been raising money for children's art and athletic...

July 19, 2010
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Jul

Storage for 150 bicycles at Bike Park. Photo: Bike Park Whenever we do a story on bike commuting there'll always be a commenter concerned about what happens when they arrive at their workplace. How do they scrub up from a sweaty or rainy ride? Where do they safely and securely store their bike? And all their cycling clobber? Fair questions, but for potential city work riders in Melbourne, Australia those excuses have been made redundant, with the opening of facilities such Bike Park. Recycled from a former nightclub, Bike Park offers room for 150 bikes to be stowed indoors. As well lockers, showers, fluffy towels, right down to hair straighteners, ironing boards, fresh coffee and bike servicing. Some of the facilities at Bike Park. Photo: Bike Park Being located around 300 metres from the main city train station of Flinders Street riders can enjoy the...

July 19, 2010
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Jul

Images from the Guardian Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie London's Transport Museum held a competition: asking designers and artists to create posters to push cycling and all its benefits. We know what they are: cleaner environment, healthier people, and fewer cars. But take a look at the many and delightful ways that these winning designs have illustrated the joys of cycling. The timing is perfect: London's bicycle rental scheme, the Barclays Cycle Hire will be starting up this month, and the first of the new Barclays Cycle Superhighways is being opened next week. The top three winners' posters will be used to promote these events. Cycling City by Harry Sankey The competition was held with the Association of Illustrators and the winner was Good for You, Green For London by Rachel Lillie. All of the entrants' work is on display at the...

July 19, 2010
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July 15, 2010
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Cycling advocates are calling for a ceasefire in the latest skirmish between some drivers and cyclists. Two Dunedin men say they were attacked while riding near Outram on Saturday. Cycling is a great way to get around, and an activity enjoyed by more than a million New Zealanders says Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN) spokesperson, Patrick Morgan. Mr Morgan says, “While riding two abreast is legal, cyclists need to show courtesy to other road users. This means riding in single file on busy roads.” “Our advice for drivers is to show similar courtesy: wait until it is safe to pass, and give cyclists plenty of room.” “We all win when cyclists and motorists share the road with care.” “Every person on a bike means there are fewer cars on the road. More bikes means less congestion.” CAN is delighted to see the latest “Code for Cyclists” produced by New Zealand Transport...

July 15, 2010
Patrick
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Jul

Police have charged a 41-year-old Outram woman with unlawfully taking a bicycle, dangerous driving, and assault with a weapon after an altercation with two cyclists at the weekend. Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane, of Mosgiel, said the woman was charged yesterday and would appear in the Dunedin District Court on Friday. Police were still seeking one other person - the woman's 17-year-old daughter - in relation to the incident, and it was likely she would also be charged. Snr Sgt Lennane said the teen had not made herself available for police interviews. New Zealand cycling representative Logan Edgar (19) and Otago team-mate Shane Melrose (30) say they were assaulted while riding on Loan Metal Rd towards Outram on Saturday. The altercation ended with one of the women allegedly pulling a $12,000 road bike partially into a car...

July 14, 2010
Patrick