News: March 2012

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Mar

This link courtesy Chrys Horn, Spokes CanterburyThe article is entitled The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment studyand can be found at:http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d4521.abstract 

March 30, 2012
DavidHawke
30
Mar

Cyclists need to make sure they are well lit as daylight saving ends, say the Cycling Advocates Network and Bike NZ."The end of daylight saving on Sunday means it's time for cyclists to check their lights and batteries," says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan."Some may be caught out by earlier evening twilight, so we all need to be extra careful.""Lights, reflectors and high-visibility riding gear make you easier to see," says Mr Morgan."Cycling offers the ultimate trip: it's a fast and flexible way to get around, while improving your health at the same time.""Our message to bikers is to get out there and enjoy the ride, and to remember to use lights whenever visibility is poor.""For drivers, the message is to look twice for people on bikes."Daylight saving ends on Sunday 1 April, when clocks go back one hour.

March 30, 2012
Patrick
29
Mar

Draft Long-Term Plan 2012-2022 is out for consultationThe Draft Long-Term Plan outlines the proposed services for New Plymouth District over the next 10 years, with the first three years in detail. It seeks to reflect what type of community you would like to live in and the things you would like to see made available for your community.The Council would like your feedback on the Draft Long-Term Plan 2012-2022.Submissions can be made by: Completing the online submission form here.Completing the submission form at the back of the summary booklet or full draft plan, or use a blank piece of paper, and post it to NPDC Draft Long-Term Plan Submissions, Reply Paid DX, DX Box NX10026, New Plymouth.Delivering it to the Civic Centre, Liardet Street, New Plymouth; or to the library and service centres in Bell Block, Inglewood or Waitara.Emailing us at enquiries@npdc.govt.nz.Calling us on 06-759...

March 29, 2012
Graeme
29
Mar

Link to an item on Placemaking for Communities blog:http://www.pps.org/blog/wider-straighter-and-faster-not-the-solution-for...  

March 29, 2012
DavidHawke
27
Mar

Cycle Aware Manawatu Update 2012RESOPONSE REQUESTEDHello Cyclists!Its been an active time in the Manawatu for things cycling with the 30 days of cycling bookended by the international cycle races! I'm writing to update you on recent cycling advocacy activities, to find out what you'd like Cycle Aware Manawatu to achieve this year, and how you'd like to be involved.The Cycle Working Group (including Councillors, staff, and cycling enthusiasts/advocates including myself as a community group rep) worked last year and named key areas of importance for cycling in the Manawatu, with the aspiration of making it the best place to cycle in NZ. Much of our work was adopted by Council and appears in the 10 year plan, including everyday cycling initiatives. This is very exciting! It is unprecedented in the Manawatu to have such support for cycling in such a cohesive manner. The links among the...

March 27, 2012
julied
26
Mar

This April, the first annual Tour of New Zealand cycle ride takes to the road. Whether by relay or pedalling every km, teams will tackle a 7-day road ride, either of the North or South Island, Cape Reinga to the Wairarapa or Bluff to Picton.HIKURANGI AND THE TOUROur favourite part? While we’re looking forward to the hot pools at Hamner, we’re even more excited that the Hikurangi Foundation has been chosen as one of three official recipient charities of funds raised by the Tour. That means teams can choose to turn their ride into a fundraiser with lasting impacts. We’re committing 100% of all funds raised to community–led cycling and innovative transport projects, to help lower our carbon footprint while also keeping us fit, saving money and making our communities better places to live. We’re so excited, that we’re entering two teams ourselves! Fancy joining us? By joining Team Hikurangi...

March 26, 2012
Alex admin
19
Mar

There's no question cycling provides physical benefits for children but, critically, it helps them make decisions and develop skills they need to survive later on in life, a clinical psychologist says. Nigel Latta, who also presents The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show on television, says unfortunately, modern parenting dictates an over-prescription of caution and supervision, especially when it comes to learning how to ride a bike and some children never feel the achievement of making decisions for themselves. He told the 2Walk and Cycle conference in Hastings on Friday "how kids on bikes could save the world", adding that parents needed to see that cycling was important and more than just physical activity. "The physical stuff is important but beyond that our job as parents is to teach children how to be little people in the world and that does involve sending them out...

March 19, 2012
Alex admin
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Mar

The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) and BikeNZ say it is common sense for government and business to fight high fuel prices by investing in cycling.As petrol hits $2.20 a litre, people are looking for alternatives to driving.CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan says local councils and the government need to shift up a gear to soften the impact of high fuel prices."New Zealanders love to bike, but many are put off by our busy roads and a lack of decent cycleways.""The good news is that cycling is a cheap date."Relatively small investments can unleash cycling's potential to cut fuel bills, he said."We urge councils to meet the demand for safe and convenient cycling by investing in cycleways, bike parking, integration with public transport, cyclist training and driver education through the 2012 updates to their Long-Term Plans."Mr Morgan says business can play a part too."Many workplaces...

March 16, 2012
Patrick
15
Mar

CAN's Special General Meeting 2012When: 15 May 2012, 7:30 PMWhere: teleconferenceIntroductionNotices to members etc:Rule 5.6 requires notice of SGM be given to:Affiliated and Supporting Organisations 28 days before date of the SGM.  This was sent out on the 17th April 2012.CAN members 14 days notice by post or email. Rule 6.1 requires 14 days notice of any proposed rule change at a SGM be given to CAN members.  This was sent out on the 1st May.QuorumCheck on numbers either present or calling in.  7 Members required as per Rule 5.11.Pre-Voting for those who cannot make the meeting on the evening of the 15th May.  Use the voting form that is attached. Postal:CAN Special General Meeting May 2012P O Box 25-424, Panama Street,Wellington 6146 Fax:Attention David Hawke - CAN Special General...

March 15, 2012
Graeme
14
Mar

RR 468 - Living in intensified urban environments: residential self-selection and travel behaviourAuthorsCarolyn O’Fallon, Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd, WellingtonIan Wallis, Ian Wallis Associates Ltd, Wellington AbstractIn this research project we used a combination of a literature review; an analysis of secondary data and accessibility indices; and an online survey of inner city and non-inner city residents in Auckland and Wellington to examine the impact of urban intensification on people’s travel behaviour, mode choice and household vehicle ownership. A core finding was that inner city residents were more likely to walk and less likely to drive, for any trip purpose, than residents living elsewhere in Auckland/Wellington cities and metropolitan areas. Inner city residents also had demonstrably fewer vehicles...

March 14, 2012
DavidHawke
12
Mar

Notes from interviews on National Radio, 26 February 2012Roger GellerKey messages:1. Build it, they will come.2. Find a political champion3. Start with what you have, and keep going. After 15 years you could have a decent network.4. Start with low-hanging fruit e.g. create roadspace for bike lanes by narrowing wide traffic lanes. Portland: 6% mode share cycling in Portland overall, 10% inner city. Population 580,000 350km2 area.Not due to a single effort, but political leadership particularly important. Key factors: "build it and they will come" - cycling spreads through facilities but also word of mouth as people experience riding.Network of cycle lanes needs to be extensive, taking people to places they want to go.Good integration with public transport- racks on buses and streetcars.Limit parking where projects are built, in order to buffer cycle lanes. But generally...

March 12, 2012
Patrick
6
Mar

.Group's next meeting, 5.30 pm, Weds 7th September 2011. Meet at the STOS cafeteria, Devon Street West at 5.30pm.Agenda:Anything from last meeting to be discussed not covered below?NPDC goings on/Lets Go.  Anything to support?NPDC LTCCP coming up.  Timing etc for submissions.2012 2Walk&Cycle conference debrief - best bits to report. Can we find a cool business for New Plymouth's first bike corral60 second raves on what's been good and not so good.Plan a ride?Local content article for next Chainlinks.   

March 6, 2012
Graeme
2
Mar

There are two give-way rules that have changed. Change 1: The left-turn versus right-turn rule From 5am on 25 March 2012, this new rule will require all traffic turning right to give way to a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and turning left. This applies at cross roads, T-intersections and driveways where both vehicles are facing each other with no signs or signals, or the same signs or signals.Change 2: At uncontrolled T-intersections ('uncontrolled' means when there are no signs or signals to tell you what to do) At an uncontrolled T-intersection, all traffic from a terminating road (bottom of the T) will have to give way to all traffic on a continuing road (top of the T). This will bring it into line with T-intersections where there are Stop or Give Way signs on the terminating road. This rule change will also apply to...

March 2, 2012
Alex admin
2
Mar

AbstractA  basic  premise  in  this  report  is  that  cycling  should  be  encouraged  because  as  the  number  of  cyclists  increases,  the  attention of  motorists  and  safety  improves;;  however,  an  important  caveat  is  that  the  number  of  cyclists  has  to  be  commensurate  with  the infrastructure  built  for  cycling  to  enhance  their  safety.We  present  an  overview  of  the  risks  associated  with  cycling  to  emphasize  the  need  for  safety.  We  focus  on  the  application  of and  evaluation.  We  use  the  structure  of  the  5  Es  to  organize  information  with  particular  attention  to  engineering  and  education  in the  literature  review.  Engineering  is  essential  because  the  infrastructure  is  vital  to  protecting  cyclists.  Education  is  emphasized  because  safety  is  the  central  focus  of  the  report. Education  in  relation  to...

March 2, 2012
Alex admin
2
Mar

Does your bike hide your registration plate when you transport it? If you answer yes, you could be liable to an infringement fee as under the law it is mandatory for all registration plates to be legible and visible. You can ensure you don’t receive an infringement fee by: · purchasing a supplementary registration plate, or· attaching your front or rear plate from your car to your bike.A supplementary registration plate is an additional, smaller number plate that can be attached to an object (such as a bike) that temporarily hides a vehicle’s front or rear registration plate. A supplementary registration plate costs $17.08 and can be obtained via licensys.com by completing an Application for Supplementary Plate form or by phoning...

March 2, 2012
Alex admin