1.5 million New Zealanders ride bikes, but less than 0.5 percent of the transport budget goes on cycling.
We are missing out on compelling benefits for the whole community:
- better health
- cheap transport
- less traffic congestion
- prosperous business
- safer streets
- cleaner air
- popular
- fun
We need protected cycle lanes on busy roads, safer speeds, and better training for drivers and those on bikes.
When more people cycle more often, we all win.

Sources: Ministry of Transport, CAN

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June 17, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Cycle Aware Wellington is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving conditions for cyclists and encouraging more people to bike more often. We advocate for people who use their bikes for transport and recreation. Since 1994, we have worked constructively with councils, government, business and the community on a wide variety of cycling projects. We represent 600 members and supporters, and the 70,000 Wellingtonians who ride bikes.

Many people have questions about the planned cycleway. Here's some responses.

What's the plan?...

June 12, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Situation Vacant - Project Based Work

The Road User Workshop programme is a programme designed to educate cyclists and professional drivers about sharing the road with each other. The programme, developed and delivered by the Cycling Advocates' Network in cooperation with BikeNZ, is currently funded by the Road Safety Trust and overseen by NZTA. Working alongside other road users including representatives from the transport industry, the programme aims to make New Zealand roads a safer and more pleasant environment for all road users.

The CAN-managed project requires a project...

May 20, 2014 Graeme READ MORE

It's a huge day for Wellington: am thrilled that our city council today unanimously approved the cycling budget of $4.3m. (For context, total transport budget is $69m).

This is a win for all of us - whether you ride a bike or not. Less congestion, less pressure on parking. More fun. More choices. Safer streets. More smiles.

Big thanks to everyone who worked over the past decade to get us here. Chapeau!

May 7, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

CAN arranged a series of actions to protect the 1.5 million NZers on bikes. We are calling on all political parties to pledge to act on the Cycling Expert Safety Panel's report, due in Sept. Their first meeting was Tuesday 15 April.
These rides celebrate the lives of those people lost to us while cycling and to push for change to ensure these deaths stop.

May 5, 2014 Patrick READ MORE


Do you want safer and more attractive cycling in New Zealand? Vote cycling.

Whether you are a family with kids, a mountain biker, roadie, frock on bike, commuter or simply love to ride, now is the time to take action.

The General Election is on Saturday 20 September. We need help to make cycling an election issue, so candidates realise that there are a lot of cyclists out there, most of whom vote.

How you can help

Check your enrolment at
Vote for the party and...

May 1, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Hutt City Council has released it's annual plan - with no change to the level of cycle funding.

At our last meeting a number of people offered to make submissions. Would you all consider doing so? This is a numbers game.

Making a submission is easy - see and go down to "tell us what you think". You have to create and verify an account. There's a survey which you can complete or not as you wish. Typing only a couple of sentences in the "any other comments" box is what we're after.

Even easier: email your...

April 29, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Presented at VeloCity 2014

Thursday 29 May, 9:20am Hall E, Adelaide Convention centre
Presenting Author: Patrick Morgan
CAN - Cycling Advocates' Network, New Zealand  @patrickmorgan

Summary: Successful strategies for repositioning cycling from sport to transport

In a car-centric culture, how do you get more people on bikes, more often?

To achieve mainstream acceptance of cycling as a valuable part of an integrated transport system, advocates in New Zealand are...

April 28, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

News release from Cycling Advocates Network and BikeNZ

Politicians can no longer ignore cycle safety

Following recent cycling deaths, cyclists will rally at Parliament on Tuesday 15 April.

Cycling Advocates Network spokesman Patrick Morgan says many people are angry after the deaths.

Student nurse Sharla Haerewa was riding in a Christchurch cycle lane, had lights and high vis.

Teacher Jocelyn Goodwin was riding in a Palmerston North cycle lane on a training ride.

"Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders...

April 11, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Members of Cycle Aware Manawatu were devastated to hear of the death of Jocelyn Goodwin, a local cyclist who is well known and respected in the Palmerston North community and beyond. Our thoughts are with her family and everyone involved and affected by the tragedy.

We would like to encourage all drivers and cyclists to be aware of one another and road conditions to ensure the safety of all road users.

This tragedy is an unfortunate reminder that we all need to do much more to protect people on bikes. The road concerned recently had its speed limit reduced from...

April 8, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

NZ Transport Agency 2014 Cycle Friendly Awards** 2014 Finalists now announced! **
** 2014 Winners now announced! **


NZ Transport Agency has joined with CAN to support cycling in NZ 2WALKandCYCLE Conference

Nelson is host to the 2 WalkandCycle Conference of which the  Cycle Friendly Awards ceremony is a highlight. This year's bumper crop of nominations features the best efforts of government, business, local groups, and individuals to make cycling an attractive option.

This year's awards are held in conjunction with Living Streets Aotearoa's famed Golden Foot...

April 7, 2014 Dirk READ MORE

Memorial Ride 15 April 2014

Are you as angry as I am about cycling deaths?
Let's take action.
With your help, CAN is arranging a series of actions to protect the 1.5 million NZers on bikes. We will call on all political parties to pledge to act on the Cycling Expert Safety Panel's report, due in Sept. Their first meeting is Tuesday 15 April.
These rides celebrate the lives of those people lost to us while cycling and to push for change to ensure these deaths stop.
Will you join us on a ‪#‎MemorialRide‬? ..
Check back for details.


April 6, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Cyclists need to make sure they are well lit as daylight saving ends, say the Cycling Advocates Network.

But those using super-bright LED lights should avoid dazzling other road users.

"Flashing super-bright bike lights can be a distraction, so keep them aimed low," says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

The end of daylight saving on Sunday 6 April means it's time for cyclists to check their lights and batteries, says Mr Morgan.

"Some may be caught out by earlier evening twilight, so we all need to be extra careful."

"Cycling offers the ultimate trip: it's a...

April 1, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) thanks NZ Transport Agency for the opportunity to make a written submission on the Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) Review Options Discussion Document (hereafter Discussion Document).

See attached pdf for full text.


March 31, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

WCC has announced plans for improving transport in the Johnsonville Triangle.

These include:

a new path for cyclists and pedestrians to by-pass the two northern roundabouts (at the intersection of Johnsonville and Moorefield roads, and Ironside, Helston and Middleton roads) cycle stop boxes at intersections

There's a community information day 8 April.

March 18, 2014 AlastairS READ MORE

Living Streets Aotearoa has asked CAN to endorse this proposal to change Give Way rules.

Can I get your thoughts? Patrick

Further to this, I have a 4th-year student investigating this topic for her project later this year (have already mentioned this to Andy Smith). This will probably include some modelling and crash analysis. While we will probably focus on the pedestrian aspects, we will touch on linking in cycling too.

On 11/03/2014 8:36 p.m., Axel Wilke wrote:
> Hi Pat,
> Spent all day...

March 13, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Want better cycling? Have your say today.
Good news: the city council is planning to invest $4.3 million in cycling next year, up from $1.8m.
But without strong community support, we could lose that funding, and be stuck with a few green bike boxes and crappy bike lanes.
Our Council needs to limit any increase in rates, and also has to fund libraries, pools, events, earthquake strengthening etc.
We need to let our Councillors know that safer and better cycling is a priority.

Shoot an email to

March 3, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Expert cycling panel welcomed
Getting more people on bikes will deliver huge benefits to all New Zealanders, say cycling advocates.

An expert panel on cycling safety was announced today by Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse, following a recommendation from Coroner Gordon Matenga.

However, a focus on cycling safety alone is unlikely to produce the best result, says Cycling Advocates' Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

"Cycling is not a problem to be solved, but a significant opportunity to deliver a range of benefits: economic,...

February 27, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Central City Safer Speed Limit - Cycle Aware Wellington submission

Feb 2014
We would like to present our submission verbally.

Cycle Aware Wellington is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving conditions for existing cyclists and encouraging more people to bike more often. We advocate for cyclists who use their bikes for recreation and transport. Since 1994, we have worked constructively with local and central government, NZTA, businesses, and the community on a wide variety of cycle projects. We represent 600...

February 27, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

CAN Submission to WCC
Feb 2014
Cycling Advocates Network supports the Council's proposal to improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety in the CBD by lowering the speed limit to 30km/h.

The Safer Journeys strategy (Ministry of Transport 2010) states that: "Pedestrians currently account for 10 percent of all road deaths and cyclists 3 percent. However, in urban areas, pedestrians and cyclists account for 30 percent of all road deaths. The majority of crashes involving a cyclist or pedestrian and a motor vehicle...

February 26, 2014 Patrick READ MORE