News

26
Sep

From CAN Chair, Alex Dyer

It is amazing to me that we have a situation in politics where some parties - who like to promote values of individual responsibility, personal freedom, local decision making, market-based economics, trading schemes, and other hands-off, government-lite strategies - are also suggesting the nation needs to defend against an ‘anti-car ideology’. 

This frames cars as some kind of universally desired, intrinsically essential component of every New Zealander’s life. An item that needs to be heavily subsidised by our collective behaviour,...

September 26, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
20
Sep

On Car-free Day, 22 September, cycling advocates call for an end to car dependency

News release from Cycling Action Network, September 2023

As record fuel prices put pressure on household budgets, cycling advocates are calling for better solutions.

We must end car dependency, said Cycling Action Network spokesperson, Patrick Morgan.

“Decades of poor transport and...

September 20, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
8
Aug

Do you want safe and attractive cycling in New Zealand? Vote bike.

No matter what kind of riding you are into, now is the time to take action.

The General Election is coming. Election Day is Saturday 14 October. You can vote early if you prefer. Advance voting starts on Monday 2 October.
More than 1.5 million people in NZ ride bikes. Let's demand safe and attractive streets.

How you can help


Vote
Check your enrolment. 
Vote for the party and candidate who best reflects your views on biking....

August 8, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
13
Jul

The bicycle as climate hope

by Robert McLachlan, CAN Board member

What role can cycling play in Aotearoa’s climate action? This question tends to prompt two extreme responses that are so far apart as to seem contradictory. On one hand, a bicycle is so obviously a simple, durable, and ultra-low emission technology, that to compare it with a car is almost ridiculous. The bicycle is a role model for what sustainable technology can be. On the other hand, our cities and transport systems are built around cars, and the mode share for cycling is...

July 13, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
14
Jun

Submission to MDC - Lansdowne to Kuripuni Cycleway
https://www.mstn.govt.nz/council/have-your-say/consultations?item=id:2m803f0he17q9sefp2bv

To: submissions@mstn.govt.nz

14 June 2023

1. CAN supports the planned Lansdowne to Kuripuni Cycleway.
It's good to see the Council planning to build protected bike lanes. These are necessary to enable people to make more trips by bike and scooter. Paint is not...

June 14, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
30
May

Upper Hutt transport strategy

Submission guide from Cycling Action Network
May 2023

Upper Hutt City Council is creating a new transport strategy. This will guide spending and decisions on cycling and other transport projects for the next 10 years. We don’t think it goes far enough to prioritise sustainable transport, or consider land use.
Please have your say. Here’s our submission guide.

Visit Getting into gear: Improving Upper Hutt's transport network

Have a look at Information Sheets - Vision,...

May 30, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
28
Mar

Lots of people from Cycle Wellington and Wellington City Council have contributed to making Go By Bike Day in Wellington a success over the years.

Here's a partial list of organisers.

Christina Van Dam
Marilyn Northcotte
Annemarie Delaney
Ash Peters
Christina Bellis
Claire P
Hugh Young
Kim Young
Shalee F
Georgia Halley
2023: Trish Given

March 28, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
31
Jan

Patrick Morgan, Project Manager, Cycling Action Network

Another challenging and rewarding year. While Covid has forced us all to adapt, I'm proud of what CAN has achieved


Thanks to everyone at CAN for your time, energy and passion. I'm impressed with your commitment to serve your community by fighting for better biking. You inspire me. Together, we're stronger and more effective.


As CAN's project manager, it's my job to
- support your advocacy,
-...

January 31, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
16
Jan

"An urban myth has taken hold in some parts of Wellington that bike lanes are bad for business. It happened in Island Bay and it’s happening again in Newtown." - source Dominion Post, 2022.

The opposite is true.

An analysis of more than a dozen studies looking at the impact of improved cycling and pedestrian infrastructure on business shows a largely positive impact on earnings.

In some cases, there was no impact on business...

January 16, 2023 Patrick READ MORE
7
Nov

News release

Cycling advocates call for climate action, at COP27

7 November 2022

 


As the COP27 climate conference starts, cycling advocates are calling on the NZ Government and cities to invest more in cycling.

“Bike lanes are the best bang for buck in transport,” says Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network (CAN).

...

November 7, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
27
Oct

Bikes plus trains can compete with driving, say cycling advocates

This is the perfect time for the Government to invest in passenger rail, say cycling advocates.

Cycling Action Network (CAN) spokesman Patrick Morgan says the combination of trains plus bikes can deliver point to point convenience, affordability and speed that competes with road.

Mr Morgan is presenting to the Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail at Parliament this morning at 10:...

October 27, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
20
Oct

Inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand

CAN (Cycling Action Network) is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. We've been around a long time. We speak for more than a million people in New Zealand who love riding bikes.

Passenger rail + bikes are a powerful combination that can compete with driving and flying. Togather, they...

October 20, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
6
Oct

The Government is taxing employer-provided bikes at 64%, which limits the uptake of cycling. Employers are exempt from Fringe Benefit Tax on providing car parks to staff, but not bikes. That needs fixing. Please make a submission to even the playing field, and help more people get on bikes.

Background
New Zealand employers want to do their part to reduce emissions, but businesses today are being taxed at...

October 6, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
30
Sep

Here at Cycling Action Network, I am proud of our volunteers and the work we do every day. We’ve achieved a lot. None of this is possible without the generous support of supporters and donors such as yourself. Thank you.

From campaigning for a safe passing rule to speaking up for better biking, we work hard to stand up for your rights. But bikelash is real. There’s so much more we can do. That’s why we’re aiming to raise $10,000 in four weeks for our advocacy work....

September 30, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
6
Sep


What is Reshaping Streets?

The Minister of Transport is proposing a set of regulatory changes to make it easier for councils to make street changes that support public transport, active travel and placemaking. These proposals would enable local authorities to make street changes more efficiently and provide new ways for communities to be involved in changes that affect them.

The proposed regulatory changes include:

• a new ‘Street Layouts’ land transport rule for Councils to use for changing street layouts, piloting street...

September 6, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
1
Sep



It was wonderful to see thousands of people turn out on Saturday morning to attend the opening of Ngā Hau Māngere, the new Māngere Bridge.

A mix of young and old, locals and visitors, walkers and cyclists, and even a local seal joined the celebrations.

The bridge will be a new connection between the communities of Māngere and Onehunga, and a vital part of the safe, connected walking and cycling network we are building in many towns and cities.

With a lovely wide path, gentle slope, and places to stop for a chat or to fish, Nga Hau Māngere is a massive win...

September 1, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
20
Jul

Presentation notes
Patrick Morgan
@patrickmorgan @CyclingActionNZ
Cycling Action Network

Today we're looking at How we can shift the current culture in Aotearoa away from car ownership and towards other modes such as active travel (walking and cycling) and public transport.

The committee will consider:

How car ownership is currently serving New Zealanders i.e., why do people own cars

How we can make other modes more accessible, affordable, and available to New Zealanders

For those who are car-...

July 20, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
6
Jul

Vote Climate at LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Time to take climate action has never been more pressing. Our politicians seem to be hesitant to make the change needed

Vote Climate is about encouraging politicians to make the decisions that need to be made

CAN is part of a growing coalition covering workers, public transport, walking, cycling, and climate action groups. We want candidates in the upcoming local body elections to sign up to a set of straight-forward, but far-reaching commitments

We're asking local government candidates to sign up to:...

July 6, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
15
Jun

EDITORIAL
Welcome to the 10th birthday edition of ChainLinks.
I attended the first day of CAN Do in Wellington. Wellington displayed fabulous
weather on Saturday – it reminded me why I live in sunny Christchurch. I was very
impressed by the people who arrived by bike in THAT weather. The atmosphere
among the attendees was great – even for a not-that-serious cyclist.
I found it a mixture of fun and learning. The presentations and discussions covered
all sorts of stuff. See page 19 for more details. Fiona Whero and Simon Kennett and
others did a...

June 15, 2022 Patrick READ MORE
14
Jun

SH56 Palmerston North to Ōpiki speed review 14 June 2022

Cycling Action Network strongly supports setting speed limits that increase safety on SH56. Under The Road to Zero strategy, deaths and injuries are unacceptable, and avoidable.

The high crash rate demonstrates that current speeds are too high. 80 kmh is preferred, with 50 kmh for Longburn and Ōpiki. Lower speed limts need to be accompanied by design changes that indicate to road users...

June 14, 2022 Patrick READ MORE