News: August 2010

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Aug

London's new bike rental scheme, like Paris's velib scheme before it, may be a huge hit. But there's a young upstart on the block that is looking to offer an alternative to these large-scale schemes—and it says it can make ordinary bike owners some money in the process. The idea behind Byke.Mobi is to take the thousands of unused bikes in a given city at any one time, and turn them into a mode of transportation for would-be cyclists, and a source of income for the owner. Founder Peter Abrahamson is clearly positioning himself as a cheaper and more grassroots alternative to the Mayor's scheme: "The service was built in a week without capital investment, unlike Boris Johnson's scheme that is costing taxpayers £140million and is being introduced across London. By involving the whole community in renting out their bikes, we are short-circuiting the need for a large taxpayer...

August 9, 2010
Alex admin
5
Aug

This is the first in a series of ideas for Wellington, which will be mostly bicycle, and public transport related. For the people bringing us the Great Harbour Way finding a safe, pleasant and interesting bicycle route between Kaiwharawhara Point and the red lighthouse thingie opposite Ballance Street on the waterfront is a bit quandrous. You’ve got the railway, the motorway, busy roads, and a working port in between. The Boffa Miskell report on the Great Harbour Way has two routes marked, a new route below the motorway and along Aotea and Waterloo Quays, which is a super busy road, and along Hutt Road and Thorndon Quay, which is a busy road and heaps sucky to ride along. Are there any other options?Well yep, I think there is. The Cake Tin concourse. The Cake Tin aka Westpac Trust Stadium has it’s big concrete concourse linking it to the railway station. It’...

August 5, 2010
Alex admin
1
Aug

Ideas: The Recycling of Cycling CultureIdeas explores the growing trend towards utility cycling - that's cycling which is neither primarily for sport or recreation but simply an every-day mode of transport. Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule talks about plans to turn Hastings into a model cycle-friendly city; Jason Penny of Island Bay's Mamachari Bikes which is importing secondhand Japanese bicycles by the container load, tells Ideas he hopes the bicycles will inspire people to adopt a Japanese-style approach to using bicycles for every-day use, and historian Iain Boal takes the long view and talks about the rise and fall and rise of utility cycling.Listen here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideasSummaryLawrence Yule, Hastings District Mayor talked about how Hastings wants step change in New Plymouth and Hastings have won...

August 1, 2010
Patrick
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Aug

For the last Chainlinks we used a new cover design that devoted more space for a photograph. I hope it was well received.For the September issue of Chainlinks I'd like to find a cover photo that has a picture of cycling in action.  it's very easy for me to get pictures of cyclists riding in stunning scenery, because of where I live, but it's not easy for me to get photos of cycing in a city environment, or in places where there is significant cycling infrastructure (apart from a damn fine recreational rail trail) because of where I live.CAN committee has chosen three focus areas for CAN to concentrate on at the moment. Chainlinks looked at speed reduction in the last issue and will be looking at the remenaing two areas of "Share with Care", and "Upping the Investement".I'd like to see a cover photo that illustrates some aspect of these issues, for examplecycling in a...

August 1, 2010
stephenw