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Mar

Cycle Wellington News, 5 March 2020

Kia ora,

Let's get a win on central city safer speeds 

Wellington is planning to change speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h. Yeah! This is an effective and proven way to make our streets sweeter for people on bikes. And there's heaps of additional benefits. Let's get this across the line. Thanks to everyone who took part in the engagement in November last year. This is a second stage of...

March 5, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
3
Mar

Make the switch

What would you do with an extra four hours a week?


Switching to commuting by bike has saved Susie Robertson four hours a week and improved her fitness. By ditching the bus and buying an e-bike, she cut her commuting time from 80 minutes a day to just 30.


Susie is the Community Manager at Wellington's Sustainability Trust.


A year ago she was looking for a more convenient way...

March 3, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
27
Feb

Welcome to CAN Do, CAN's annual get-together. The weekend includes our AGM, workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink, and a chance to catch up with fellow "CANners" from around New Zealand, at the home of High Performance Cycling in New Zealand.

Dates:  29th Feburary, 2020
Location: Avantidrome, 15 Hanlin Road, Cambridge

Registration: On-line

It's CAN DO time again, and for this year, the home of Cycling New Zealand plays host.

The CAN Do is our annual workshop and AGM that brings together...

February 27, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
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Feb

Let's get a win on central city safer speeds 

Wellington is planning to change the speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h.

This is your chance to have a say on the final proposal.

31 March: Consultation is now closed, with 64 percent of people supporting the plans. That's a mandate for change. Thanks to everyone who had their say.

You can see the results at https://lgwm.nz/saferspeeds

Our suggested responses

Do you...

February 26, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
7
Feb

Wellington cyclists organised a Memorial Ride as a mark of respect for Brent Norriss, tragically killed on 3 February on Highway 2 near the BP station. We are deeply saddened.

We gathered at Parliament Lawn at 5:15pm, Monday 17 February 2020.
After a brief opportunity to speak, we departed at 5:30pm, rode along Thorndon Quay, Hutt Road, and gathered at the BP station to pay our respects.
We rode on to Petone, then back to Wellington.


Please wear red
Brent Norriss' family asked people wear red at the Memorial...

February 7, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
14
Jan

By Sarah Bennett

OPINION: Talk about right time, right place. Former prime minister John Key is at a job summit early in 2009 when an attendee bends his ear about the potential of recreational cycle trails.

Nek minnit, there's $50 million government bucks in the bank to build...

January 14, 2020 Patrick READ MORE
15
Dec

Cyclists need proper bike lanes, not slogans

National's proposal to fine cyclists who don't use bike lanes is a misguided and unworkable plan, say cycling advocates. 

“This is a dumb idea,” said Patrick Morgan, from the Cycling Action Network

“It would needlessly stir conflict and hostility.”

It's a solution looking for a problem.

Why?

The best way to get people to use bike lanes is to build proper protected bike lanes. Too many bike lanes in New Zealand are low-quality.

“Paint is not protection.”

Pedestrians don't want...

December 15, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
2
Dec

Coming back to Wellington from London, Jane Dawson was “shocked by the state of the biking infrastructure and bad drivers.” Instead of giving up, she instead decided to work with decision makers to improve her city.

That was a long time ago. In recent years she has worked with Cycle Wellington, and the Cycling Action Network (CAN)  to make things better.

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December 2, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
27
Nov

The freedom, low environmental impact, and beautiful scenery along the waterfront are what drives Newtown resident Nicole Gaston to not drive everywhere. For years she has biked around Wellington and often commutes to work at the National Library. 

Nicole sees the growing need for mixed-use roadways.

“So many design elements of roads disadvantage cyclists and make it unnecessarily difficult to ride a bike for no reason other than lack of thought.”

By Matt Lorah

  

November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
27
Nov

When asking Jordan Roy why he biked to work and for fun on the weekends he responded…

“Since I was a child and my parents put me on a bike, my eyes lit up!”


  

 


  

November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
26
Nov

After 37 years of biking around Wellington, Charles Dawson of Crofton Downs has experienced first hand all of the benefits that come with his choice form of transportation. His favourite things include: hills for exercise, the lovely Skyline, Makara Peak and other trails, the slowly increasing number of bike lanes and a supportive biking culture. In New Zealand it's great we have a flourishing network of regional trails, which my family have specifically travelled to for holidays.”

Commuting to work as an educator...

November 26, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
25
Nov

Nicole Page is a member of the women only biking group Revolve.

Biking on both roads and trails with all levels and abilities, Nicole loves the fact that “biking gets you outside and gives you all the exercise you need.”

November 25, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
21
Nov

Shredding for four years now, Tom Cappleman works for the nonprofit WORD, which is all about encouraging kids to mountain bike.

 

Tom has previously worked as a mechanic and bike shop manager. 

 

“I like achieving goals that are based around fun, and seeing the kids do the same.” 

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November 21, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Nov

Mark Lerwill is a member of USO, a bike riding group named after the Samoan word that translates as brother. Mark is one of the first members of USO, started by his brother-in-law in 2011 to promote and encourage Pacifika health. 

 

Mark loves biking in Wellington, and says that the friends you meet and getting into the great outdoors are the biggest additions to his life...

November 19, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Nov

Amy Barnett is a veteran when it comes to bicycle commuting. She is accustomed to biking in cities such as London and Berlin, but the biking here in Wellington, she says “is not as scary, it’s just not as enjoyable”. 


This artist and government strategist likes the passive exercise and the...

November 13, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
12
Nov

I cycled 11,000km around Aotearoa and learned the following bonus safety tips

by Dunc Wilson


It's one of the most talked about issues of cycling: how safe is that bike person over there on the road? Almost universally, the conversation comes from the perspective of preventing the cyclist from being hit by the car. When, really, it...

November 12, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
12
Nov

Sometimes sharing a great experience with others is better than doing it yourself. But what if you could do both? 

 

Jimmy Green makes his living sharing both the city of Wellington and the joys of biking with tourists at his job with Switched On Bikes. As a bike tour guide he is proud of Wellington’...

November 12, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
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Nov

Michael Petta was busy fixing his derailleur after buying a used bike off of Facebook when I caught up with him at the Mechanical Tempest community bike workshop.. 


He enjoys biking recreationally both on the trail and the road as long as there is great scenery, which “here in Wellington is...

November 8, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
6
Nov

For the last year Justine Hall has accompanied her two children every morning to school. The twist? Everyone is on a bike!

 

Justine, who works for the Wellington City Council, believes that biking is “good for my children’s health, and their confidence. My aim is for them to be comfortable to ride...

November 6, 2019 Patrick READ MORE
5
Nov

“Cyclists just tend to be good people,” says Phoebe Balle.

 

In her work with Workshops For Accessible Cycle Care (WACC), Phoebe has led bike servicing and repair courses. Through the Pedal Ready programme she has instructed young people on how to bike safely and competently.

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November 5, 2019 Patrick READ MORE