News: July 2017


NZ Bike ExpoCAN is organising our first bike expo in Christchurch, on the 28 & 29 October, at the Air Force Museum of NZ, Wigram. The Bike Expo will bring together everything to do with the bicycle, in a vibrant and exciting consumer show. Visitors will have opportunities to trial bikes, meet top sports people, learn about new adventures on the Events Programme, and feature prizes and giveaways as well as showcasing a wonderful range of top bike and bike-related brands and retailers. As a cycling advocacy group we’re very keen to get more people on their bikes, enjoying themselves, doing all kinds of activities. Coming to an expo generates excitement and fun. The NZ Bike Expo is the finale to a month-long celebration called “Biketober” organised by CAN’s local group Spokes Canterbury, and including the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress.  CAN’s partners for the...

July 12, 2017

Barcelona in Spain is a city that suffers air pollution, much of it from transport. Reducing dependence on cars for short trips is one way of tackling pollution, so on a visit there I looked at one of Barcelona's tactics in weaning short journeys off the car: Superblocks. Here are some photos from my visit to the Poblenou neighbourhood. Above: Called superilles or 'superislands' in Catalan, the concept is that up to nine contiguous blocks are joined together and traffic within these blocks is restricted, as this diagram shows. Above: The entrance to the Superblock is made with colourful road paint, signs and road furniture. Above: The interior of the block is made liveable with benches and colourful road paint. Cars travel in one direction only and at very low speeds. The entire Superblock is planned out in fine detail before construction, from the travel directions of all...

July 8, 2017
Will Andrews