News: April 2015


Some facts and figures in support of investment in cycling-The Urban Cycleway Programme offers a 2 to 1 deal for Councils.  Roughly speaking, for every dollar you raise, the Land Transport Fund can provide a dollar, and the UCP another.There's a huge pent-up demand to swap short car trips for cycling.  Parts of Wellington have experienced almost 90% increases in cycle commuting in recent years (Statistics NZ).  New cycling facilities rapidly attract new users (Monsere et al, 2014, NITC)After the quakes, Christchurch's Share an Idea survey gathered overwhelming support for a cycling and walking city.1.5 million New Zealanders cycle regularly.Cycling facilities help people make journeys independently - Lots of people can't drive- in the UK, it's 42% of the population including children (UK Sustainable Development Commission, 2011)Cycling is the third-fastest increasing activity in NZ...

April 30, 2015
Will Andrews

Cyclists urged to light up now Matariki is upon usCyclists need to make sure they are well lit through the winter months, says the Cycling Advocates' Network."The onset of the wintry weather and shorter days means it's time for cyclists to check their lights and batteries," says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.  "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."Patrick Morgan 027 563 4733ResourcesNZTA guidance on bike lightsBuyer's guide to bike lights, from Greater Wellington Regional Council 

April 1, 2015