News: August 2020

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Bike-curious: A novice’s guide to buying your first e-bikeCourtesy of The Spinoff, May 2018: Last year New Zealand imported a massive 40,000 e-bikes and that number is likely to grow exponentially. But what do you need to know before you buy one? Russell Brown has the lowdown.Further readingNZ Electric Bike Review covers more models in greater detail than we can here. You can also follow @ElectricBazza and @ElectricMeg on Twitter.Consumer NZ also has a periodically updated e-bike guide with reviews and advice.Electric Bikes NZ (a national chain owned by the same company as SmartMotion) and fellow supplier Electrify both have worthwhile buying guides.

August 21, 2020
Patrick
17
Aug

Submission in Support of Consent Application for Te Ara TupuaAugust 2020attached as PDF belowOverviewThis submission strongly endorses the construction of a “seaward side” cycle path from Petone to Ngauranga.DAST recommends that the Commissioners:• Note the significant health benefits from increased active transport, including cycling.• Note that these benefits will only be fully realised if there is a significant modal shift from private motor vehicles to active transport modes.• Note that this shift is contingent on development of safe cycling infrastructure, which has recently received only a trivial proportion of transport investment in the region.• Consent the proposed Te Ara Tupua Shared Path.• Encourage the relevant authorities (GWRC, WCC, HCC and NZTA) to engage more actively together to maximise uptake of this critical infrastructure project....

August 17, 2020
Patrick
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Aug

Update from NZTA, 25 August 2020: On The Go Awards have been postponed until March 2021. "We would like to thank those who have sent through their nominations for the On the Go Awards 2020. We’ve received all nominations and thank you for the time and effort in compiling these, as well as the energy and innovation put into making active travel a safer and more attractive transport choice. Due to the Government’s announcement on Monday regarding COVID-19 alert levels and uncertainty around what the alert level will be in three weeks’ time, the 2WALKandCYCLE 2020 Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2WALKandCYCLE conference. The Conference will now be held on 16 – 19 March 2021. As the On the Go Awards 2020 are an integral part of the conference dinner, the decision has been made that these Awards will also be postponed. All entries received...

August 10, 2020
Patrick