News: July 2016

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Jul

photo: Hauraki Rail Trail, near PaeroaCAN's significant achievements, 1997-2018Advocacy and LeadershipMade numerous high-quality submissions on legislation, strategies and policies affecting cyclists. These have led to many victories for cyclists.Made a crucial contribution to the establishment of Getting There, NZ's first Walking & Cycling Strategy and helped shape the implementation process.Raised awareness of cycling in the NZ Road Code.Regular representation of cyclists at meetings with key Government Ministers, MPs, Ministry of Transport, NZ Transport Agency, NZ Police, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Health and other agencies.Successfully lobbied for the NZ Cycle Trails Successfully lobbied for the consideration of health benefits in the funding of cycling projects.Successfully lobbied for the establishment of Transfund's...

July 31, 2016
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23
Jul

I was stunned at the high numbers of cyclists in Berlin.  It’s certainly a different from the one I'm used to in New Zealand and Ireland.  Here’s a typical Berlin scene- Dad and his wee daughter, negotiating a huge and very busy intersection in Neukolln.  He does have an air of concentration about him, and a kids’ helmet dangling from his hand, but he seems to be happy to have her cycling independently- and she’s less than five I reckon.Amazingly, Dad isn’t alone...  All round Berlin we saw relaxed, carefree cycling providing transport for all ages, all genders, and all types. Little ones on baby seats and young kids cycling under supervision are extremely common; the ‘school run’ at 3pm or so was a study in the many ways of carrying kids on bikes- cargo bikes, trikes, trailers, baby seats and many more.  Looking at the figures, it was clear that Berlin is a real leader in cycling for...

July 23, 2016
Will Andrews
21
Jul

caption: Alastair Smith receives a Bike to the Future Award for Wellington's Ciclovia from Hon Simon Bridges by Catherine ElliotLecturer and Active Living Researcher, Lincoln University The hotel bike racks were jam-packed with bikes of every variety: cargo, commuter, touring, electric and folding. It was clear, the delegates of the 2016 2WALKandCYCLE Conference had arrived in Auckland on 6 July to talk all things walking and cycling. Touted as the premier walking and cycling conference in New Zealand and occurring every two years, this year’s focus was on active, human-powered transport for achieving healthier and more livable cities. Delegates flew in from around the globe to showcase their research findings, walking and cycling programmes and success stories related to outcomes in health, policy and society providing a wealth of relevant knowledge for New Zealand today. Key...

July 21, 2016
Patrick
20
Jul

 CAN is the national voice for people on bicycles in New Zealand.  We link local cycling action groups, partners and supporting organisations and people with a passion to:Promote the benefits of cyclingImprove safetyEncourage the creation of great cycling environmentsIncrease the number of people on bikes  CAN collaborates with government, councils, businesses and individuals and we welcome your involvement. Be part of the journey with us. Our policy statements are posted here.   Many of the submissions CAN and CAN's member groups have made are posted here.

July 20, 2016
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Jul

 Call for Vision Zero to be adopted for NZ to bring down road toll With the number of road deaths currently increasing in New Zealand, a group of organisations has come together to call on Government and local authorities to adopt a Vision Zero approach to road safety – aiming for zero road deaths and injuries. The #VisionZeroNZ campaign was launched at the 2 Walk and Cycle conference recently held in Auckland. Vision Zero is an approach used in a growing number of countries and cities around the world and at its core is the principle that life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within society.The calls come from Brake, the road safety charity, Cycling Action Network, NZ School Speeds, Waitemata Local Board Deputy Chair Pippa Coom, and Walk Auckland, who jointly held a workshop on Vision Zero at the conference. The organisations say NZ needs to go beyond the current...

July 15, 2016
Patrick
14
Jul

Benefits of investing in cycling in New Zealand communities [PDF, 1.5 MB] provides information about the key benefits of investing in cycling, for councils, communities and individuals. The benefits include: more liveable towns and citiesimproved conditions for travelling within towns and citiesstronger local economiesreduced costs for councilsless impact on the environment, andhealthier and more productive people.We also know that that providing cycling infrastructure responds to what a significant percentage of people say they want.

July 14, 2016
Patrick
11
Jul

NZ’s best of the best cycling projects honoured Cycling projects across New Zealand were recognised at the Bike to the Future Awards in Auckland tonight.  Winners included a cycling junior football team, a power company and a rural school with a 60% commute-by-bike rate.   Auckland’s Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath), otherwise known as the Pink Path or Magenta Adventure, was named the Supreme Winner and also received a highly commended award in the Big Bike Bling category.   Judges said the Lightpath is an outstanding, unique and innovative design delivered in a remarkably ambitious timeframe through a successful collaboration with multiple parties.   “We are impressed with how Te Ara I Whiti has transcended walking and cycling for multi-use. In only a short timeframe, the Lightpath has become a celebrated, iconic Auckland feature,” they said.   “The Lightpath has...

July 11, 2016
Patrick
11
Jul

Auckland hosted the national 2 Walk and Cycle Conference, 6-8 July.Six people were invited to share their thoughts at the close of the conference. Dougal List, NZTA: tell the "why story" - why we are investing in cycling. Collaborate, benchmark against high quality projects, celebrate the wins. Ellen Blake, Living Streets Aotearoa: advocate for walkable compact cities, for everyone from 8 to 80s. NZTA, where are the targets, and  money for walking? Jack Jiang, AECOM: Good to see more diversity. Used to be the lone architect at these conferences. Expand the range of disciplines.  Streets for people, gender diversity, culture diversity, imagery, European only? Collaborate with architects and engineers Warren Salomon, Australian consultant: NZ is travelling well, and isahead of Australia. Christchurch will host the Asia...

July 11, 2016
Patrick
4
Jul

Media Advisory: Monday 4 July NZ’s best of the best cycling projects announced this week The top contributions towards making New Zealand more cycle-friendly will be recognised at the Bike to the Future Awards in Auckland on Thursday. The awards will be presented by Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference. More than 60 nominations have been received across six award categories: Innovation Hub Award Taking Communities on the Journey Award Big Bike Bling Award Get on Yer Bike Award Bikes in Business Award Outstanding Contribution to a Bike-Friendly Future Award. An overall Supreme Award winner will be chosen from the six category winners. The awards are a joint initiative by the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network (CAN). The 2WALKandCYCLE conference takes place in Auckland from 6-8 July 2016. It will address the walking and cycling issues in...

July 4, 2016
Patrick
4
Jul

There's no doubt cycling is on the up. Along with walking It is an essential part of our transport networks. With more than a million and a half New Zealanders riding bikes, cities and towns are investing is cycling - for leisure, toursim and transport. Join us in Auckland 6-8 July for the national walking and cycling conference.

July 4, 2016
Patrick