News: November 2011

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Planning is underway for an intensive public information campaign for changes to two give way rules that will come in on the 25 March 2012.The campaign will be run in the month leading up to the date of the actual change on 25 March 2012, with national advertising starting ten days before the change. This late February start date is necessary to avoid public confusion and minimise the risk of people starting to use the new rules too early. This thinking is based on best practice when Victoria, Australia changed a similar rule in 1993.The NZTA is developing the public information campaign material and work is well underway. The core communications for each of the give-way rule changes will be tested on the public to ensure that the correct information is conveyed and understood. We will be developing some images of the new give-way rules featuring cyclists. These images will be updated...

November 24, 2011
Patrick
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Nov

Transport dominates every aspect of our lives, our health, the form of our communities, our environment, economy and our personal financial well-being.Smart Transport means providing a full spectrum of appropriate, sustainable and integrated transport choices.The Smart Transport Network has been formed following the Smart Transport Conference, held in parliament buildings in August 2010, to present a new collective national voice, with an international perspective on transport solutions.The Smart Transport Network will advocate for smart, modern solutions and development that make more efficient use of transport spending and encourage infra structural priorities that will serve the community now and into the future.Smart transport choices..are integrated, universally accessible, and not private car dependent, will be viable now and in the future, and less dependent on overseas resources...

November 23, 2011
Patrick
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Nov

Come join us lovers of bicycles AND democracy this coming Saturday. We are just gonna be riding around the central city neighborhoods dressed in neutral ORANGE, ringing our bells and reminding people to vote. Frequent café stops. Fun guaranteed!Auckland: 2pm, 1 Porters Place, Eden Terrace, Newton.It doesn't matter which way you vote, on Saturday it is all about making sure people are exercising their democracy. All you need is to be wearing orange. You don't even need to own a bike, as we have 15 that are being lent to us for free! Thanks NextBike!Wellington: 2pm Waitangi Park, Te AroStart your own ride - pass the word around.

November 22, 2011
Patrick
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The Path Less PedaledIn March 2009, we sold all of our belongings to explore the United States by bicycle, and startedPathLessPedaled.com. In traveling and sharing our journey, we have inspired thousands of other people tofollow their own travel dreams.PathLessPedaled.com is an adventure travel blog that is recognized as one of the leading bike touringwebsites, with compelling photography, videos and writing. The website averages 40,000 visitors permonth and is constantly growing. In addition to the website, we have over 4400+ Facebook Fansand over 2100 Twitter followers. Our stories and photos have also appeared in Adventure Cycling,Momentum Magazine, Bicycle Times, GOOD, and Wend.Bicycling Stories of New ZealandOur next adventure is to spend three months bicycling in New Zealand. New Zealand is quicklydeveloping the reputation as being a premiere...

November 18, 2011
Patrick
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http://www.bikewalk.org/cl/2011/nov/1116bconf.htmlPosted by David Hawke (Committee)

November 17, 2011
DavidHawke
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Protecting the Rimutaka TrailGreater Wellington has recently received an application from the Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust for permission to reinstate the railway line.We need to front up on 23 Nov and 15 Dec at GW. Who can come?Please email fran.wilde@gw.govt.nz and murray.kennedy@gw.govt.nz with your views.Points you might want to make:- with 80,000 visitors a year, the Rimutaka Trail is the most popular in the region.- it's considered the best ride in the region for beginners and families- it's a convenient and attractive link for cyclists to the Wairarapa. The alternative is SH2.- "Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides" rate the ride with 4 stars - "mountain biking paradise"- we are concerned that the proposed new walkway would go around or over the tunnels.- It's hard to imagine how any new walkway would be as good as the existing trail. A major...

November 15, 2011
Patrick
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Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and BikeNZ have issued advice for drivers and cyclists following a fatal crash in Dunedin this morning.Although the details of the crash have not yet been released, CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan has reiterated advice to all road users about proven ways to reduce the chances of a crash.Advice for drivers:* Look twice for cyclists, especially those coming from the left hand side.* Give cyclists plenty of space. Allow 1.5 metres between you and the cyclist.* For truck and bus drivers: get the best mirror system you can to enable you to watch for cyclists on the left-hand side.Advice for cyclists:* Never cycle on the left-hand side of a truck, bus or car at an intersection, unless you're in a separate lane.* Avoid blind spots. Take up a visible position at intersections: well out in front and not by the left-hand kerb or close to a truck or bus. * Wear...

November 14, 2011
Patrick
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Two Car Free Days Planned in Response to the Tauranga Oil Spill, Over the Next Three MonthsCould you forget fossil fueled transport for one day?Sunday 27 November marks a Car Free Day being launched this year in what's being labelled a ‘positive, proactive response' to the Tauranga oil spill currently happening off the east coast of New Zealand.Organiser Charlotte Squire, Editor of the good news website Happyzine says Car Free Days are a great way to quickly reduce oil consumption, and can be an "ode to the people of Tauranga" during a challenging time for their community.Squire says going car free can mean spending more time with loved ones, getting to know our neighbours and slowing down enough to relax and enjoy the ‘good life'. This Sunday, she's planning to enjoy a long lunch with friends who live within a walkable distance."If it's a fine day we'll take a picnic to the local...

November 8, 2011
Patrick
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Safety is a two-way street Emma Davis and Senior Constable Pat Kauri are interviewed for Greater Wellington's new safety campaign.

November 7, 2011
Patrick
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Emma Hope of WCC writes:Noticed anything different when you've been on the Waterfront lately?Wellington Waterfront Ltd and Wellington City Council have recently made some subtle new additions to the Wellington Waterfront, and they want to know what you think! The survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sharedpathways) will take approximately five minutes to complete, and all responses will remain confidential. For any further information, please contact Emma Hope at Wellington City Council on emma.hope@wcc.govt.nzWe'll also be stopping people on the waterfront next week.Thanks in anticipation..EmmaEmma HopeSustainable Transport Coordinator, Transport PlanningPh: 64-4-803 8632 Mob: 021 227 8632 Fax 64-4-801 3009Email emma.hope@wcc.govt.nz Internet www.Wellington.govt.nzCouncil Offices, 101 Wakefield StreetPO Box 2199, Wellington, New Zealand

November 1, 2011
AlastairS