News: March 2017

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     Joint submission on draft GPS 2018For PDF of full statement with references click here.  Bike Auckland and CAN welcome the opportunity to make a submission on the draft Government Policy Statement 2018 and submit the following-   1.  We commend the positive measures in the Statement:Allocation of funding to support ongoing cycleway investment through raised upper levels allocated to walking & cycling activity class;acknowledgement in section 1 of the rapid recent increases in cycling and public transport patronage;the Ministry’s recognition that perception of safety is a barrier to cycling uptake. 2.  However it is clear that economic growth will not be served as claimed by the Statement: Allocating 77% of the Fund to road improvements and maintenance will greatly facilitate motor car use.  We recognise...

March 31, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

Chair’s Report 2016 to 17  This is the report a summary of which was approved by CAN's 2017 AGM.  The new Governance system of CAN and the new fee subscription system were also approved at the AGM, so some parts of this report were superseded then.   SummaryThis report summarises the activities of CAN’s central Committee, paid staff and national-body volunteers since the 2016 AGM in Hamilton.  ‘Headline’ issues included-    Reacting to changes in regulations and NZTA’s push to grow cycling were a main part of CAN’s core business.  Preparations for elections in September were an important forward step with political engagement off to a good start.  Creating the new Structure for CAN including holding the SGM affected work on some of CAN’S core activities.      Network and Public EngagementOur Project...

March 26, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

Click through here for an online version of this recent edition of CAN's periodical.  Articles on overtaking gap research, cycle touring experiences, quaxing and more.  Chainlinks  March 2017In this issue CAN-Do next weekend! New Cycling Research Causes a Flurry CAN is Targeting Politicians Recycling bikes for those who need them CAN's Share the Road campaign rolls on Government Policy- opinion piece Stories of Touring & Quaxing Book reviews- 'In the City of Bikes' and 'Streetfight' Bargains at CAN's Shop About Cycling Advocates Network CAN is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment.   can.org.nz Hi and welcome to another edition of...

March 20, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

No it’s not to do with route finding but the Government Policy Statement on land transport 2018The Statement, updated every 3 years, sets out Government’s policies for investment in land transport for the coming decade. The Ministry of Transport have recently issued a draft for consultation.  The document has so far received an unenthusiastic reception from transport experts and professionals with The NZ Institute of Engineers’ Transport Group making warning submissions prior to the draft and the respected Auckland Transport Blog crying, in a piece partly titled 'Roads, Roads, Roads', ‘We still see crazy boondoggle motorway projects being announced before a proper business case has been done. We still see the highly sensible proposal for a regional fuel tax being knocked back for no good reason. And, when it comes to the Government’s most important transport document – the Government...

March 18, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

‘I don’t know the actual law, but I’m sure it is against some law’. Steven Muir writes about being made to feel like a criminal without being given much supporting evidence:My crime? I wanted to carry three lengths of stainless steel home on my bike for my latest trailer project.It was around 10 kg of material in 3 m lengths that I planned to strap to the top tube of my bike, a method I’ve safely used before. I paid for the steel; then the conversation with the salesman at Steel & Tube Bromley went something like this:Salesman: Sir, do you think you could come back tomorrow and collect your steel? Steven: Umm, no actually I want to collect it now. Is there a problem? Salesman; Well, it’s against our Health and Safety Policy to allow you to leave our premises with an unsafe load. Steven: What’s unsafe about carrying a little bit of steel on my bike? I’ve done it...

March 17, 2017
Will Andrews
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It’s a pretty standard part of any cycleway debate to have someone say “But we’re not Amsterdam, people are never going to bike here”Here I review Pete Jordan’s In the City of Bikes, an immigrant American’s view of biking in Amsterdam, and Janette Sadik Khan’s Streetfight, about her battle to turn New York into the Amsterdam of the US.Jordan moved to Amsterdam because he was entranced by Amsterdam bike culture. One of his first steps (after acquiring a bike of his own) was to purchase a traditional omfiets bike for his soon to arrive girlfriend. After lovingly painting her initials on the fender, and taking it for a test cruise to a local bakery, he discovered the dark side of Amsterdam bike culture: unlocked bikes effectively have sign on them “FREE BIKE”, and within minutes of leaving it unlocked, it was gone.Bike theft gives rise to a unique Amsterdam profession:...

March 17, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

Three interesting research reports about cycling have just been publicly released by the NZ Transport Agency and already they’re causing a bit of a stir around cycling circles (and elsewhere…). Cycling in Christchurch previously alluded to these pieces of work being underway, and their findings have some interesting implications for cycling policy in New Zealand. Should footpath cycling be legal? (c/ Abley Trptn & Mackie Research) Probably the one attracting the most immediate attention is the one regarding cycling on footpaths, partly because parliament is current reviewing the petition submitted last year to make it legal for kids under 14 to ride on footpaths (as well as their caregivers, and also over-65s and disabled users). The research report actually recommends allowing kids up to 12 years (i.e. under 13) and any accompanying adults to ride on footpaths (NB...

March 17, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

Last year's CAN Do meeting in Hamilton was a good opportunity to have a couple of weeks away cycling.I flew to Auckland with my touring bike. The ride started inauspiciously, as the road from the airport had road works and I missed a turn-off.Men in hi-vis overalls urgently flagged me off the road next to a sign marking the start of a motorway. They asked me to sign their visitor's book and gave me a ride to the old Mangere Bridge. From there I navigated to my brother's place in Mt Eden.Next day I rode into the city via Queen St, unaware of the new pink ‘Lightpath’. Last time I was in Auckland with my bike I'd taken a train out of town, but this time I rode down Tamaki Drive, around Orakei Basin and through Glen Innes, Panmure and Mt Wellington to the Great South Road. I stocked up on groceries in Papakura and camped at Ramarama. My next objective was...

March 17, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

ReBicycle gets rolling in WellingtonWellington is the latest town to get its very own bike library and community bicycle upcycling scheme. ReBicycle Charitable Trust was founded recently to help collect used bikes and fix them up for refugees and other low income families. ‘So far the response has been fantastic with more donations than we have room for’, said project manager, Hilleke Townsend. ‘There’s been great help from the community as well, with Red Cross keen to help their refugee families get mobile and other organisations also showing interest’. ReBicycle has two primary aims: to help people with limited incomes lower their expenses by having the choice to bike for some or all of their trips; and to help children and their families enjoy cycling for its own sake, with the added benefit of it being good for their health and development. Wellington City Council has come on board...

March 17, 2017
Will Andrews
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Mar

Workshop Registration PageTo register online for a Driver/Trainer Workshop please click here. To register online for a Cyclist Workshop please click here. Alternatively you can download the Registration form below.  Just fill out the form on your computer (or print and complete by hand, then scan or take a photo).  Then email it to will@can.org.nz.Or just register on the phone with Will Andrews on 021 026 92724.  Will can also answer any queries you might have about the workshops.

March 17, 2017
RichardBarter
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CAN's spokesperson Patrick Morgan was asked to contribute to this TV3 discussion on Auckland's ongoing transport woes and plans.   The discussion included Patrick Reynolds of Auckland Transport Blog and Barney Irvine of the AA.  As Reynolds said, 'We've had 65 years of only investing in roads in Auckland' (Patrick's contribution is about 18 minutes in).  Click here for a link to the video clip posted to Facebook.

March 16, 2017
Will Andrews