News: January 2021

28
Jan

Crush carbon emissions two wheels at a time, say cycling advocates Cycling advocates are calling for the transformation of urban transport, as New Zealand races to cut carbon. The Climate Change Commission will release its initial advice on Sunday 31 January.   “Bikes and e-bikes are perfect for many local trips, but cities must build networks of protected bike lanes to make that possible,” said Patrick Morgan from the Cycling Action Network.   “New Zealand can deliver on a 1.5ºC future.”   “The best bang for buck in transport is to decarbonise short urban trips, which make up the bulk of our travel.”   Two-thirds of urban trips are less than 6 km, according to the Ministry of Transport.   “People love biking, but they don't want to mix with busy or fast motor traffic. The solutions are simple: create safe road space for people on bikes, tame...

January 28, 2021
Patrick
21
Jan

Cycling advocates are welcoming new advice from the Transport Agency on safe cycling. "Cyclists hate it when drivers pass too close. That's scary, dangerous and illegal," said Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network. "So it's encouraging to see NZTA Waka Kotahi has updated its advice on what is known as taking the lane. This is where a cyclist moves towards the centre of the lane to avoid hazards or prevent unsafe overtaking." Some road users may find this confusing, as it appears the cyclist is failing to keep left. But Mr Morgan says its good to see NZTA confirming that taking the lane is legal. "Cyclists, like all road users, are also required to be courteous, and to move...

January 21, 2021
Patrick
13
Jan

Advocates Cycle Wellington, https://cycwell.wordpress.com/ Facebook group  Twitter: @CycleAwareWgtn Hutt Cycle Network, Facebook group     Clubs and groups Cycling NZ https://www.cyclingnewzealand.nz/ride-leader/find-a-ride/PNP, Port Nicholson Poneke Cycling Club, https://www.pnp.org.nz/ USO http://www.usobikeride.co.nz/ Welly tracks mtb group Wellington Mountain Bike Club  Wellington Stolen Bicycles    Councils and Government Greater Wellington Regional Council, www.gw.govt.nz http://www.gw.govt.nz/cycling/ Cycling links Cycling events calendar www.gw.govt.nz/cycling-events/Pedal Ready bike skills training www.pedalready.org.nz Ministry of Transport www.transport.govt.nz/statistics-and-insights/walking-and-cycling/ Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency https://www.nzta.govt.nz/walking-cycling-and-public-transport/cycling/ Wellington...

January 13, 2021
Patrick
8
Jan

January 2021Engagementtbc, Kim Young, Remutaka cycle trail coordinator31 March, meet Minister Mchael Wood at Parliament Media5 January, BMX tragedy: Family of Auckland teen Kirill Koninin who died from head injury pleads for better helmet use 5 January, Stuff, Injury rates climb as e-bike popularity grows and lockdown prompts cycling boom  Cycling Action Network spokesman Patrick Morgan said biking had boomed in popularity since New Zealand went into lockdown in March, causing a bicycle shortage.

January 8, 2021
Patrick