News: August 2018

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Aug

NZTA wants our feedback on signs and road markingsWhat do you think about how signs and road markings are used?  We’re consulting on the Traffic control devices manual part 5 – traffic control devices for general use – between intersections.  This document provides guidance and best practice for road controlling authorities and traffic management practitioners on the use of traffic control devices, such as signs and road markings, between intersections. Traffic control devices are used to regulate, warn and advise road users on New Zealand’s road network.  In particular, we are keen to make sure the way traffic control devices are used is fit for purpose and nationally consistent for those using New Zealand’s road network. We’d like to know what you think. This draft has been developed by the Traffic...

August 28, 2018
Patrick
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Aug

Cyclists applaud funding tailwinds New Government funding for cycling is good news, whether you ride a bike or not, say cycling advocates. The Government has today announced $390m investment in walking and cycling over three years, including fully-funding Auckland's Skypath over the harbour bridge.. “With more and more people discovering the joy and convenience of riding a bike, it's no surprise the Government wants to invest,” says Patrick Morgan, spokesman for Cycling Action Network (CAN). “But this is not just about getting on your bike. We're all better off with less congestion, lower transport bills, cleaner air and better health. That's why the AA supports cycling.” Mr Morgan says the case for...

August 23, 2018
Patrick
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Aug

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway. Update: In July 2018, Alastair Smith received a Bike to the Future Award for Outstanding contribution to a bike-friendly future.  This award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual to the promotion of cycling.by Sarah Bennett In the mid-1970s a group of young New Zealanders were discussing plans for their big OE. One said he would go to Europe, buy an E-Type Jaguar, and tour the Continent in style. But another, Alastair Smith, had just read the Limits to Growth report produced by the political think-tank Club of Rome, in which dire predictions were made about the environmental impact of motoring. This was, of course, long before such effects were widely acknowledged and any moves were made to cut carbon emissions. “On the spur of the moment I said I’d...

August 15, 2018
Patrick