CAN Aims: Cycling is an everyday actvity in NZ

What is CAN working on and how will it deliver on this aim?
Please have a look at the attached documents, that set out our strategy.
Feedback to

High Priority Issues

1 Infrastructure is poor, and roads are not designed to accommodate cycling

2 A lack of empathy between road users and people riding bikes

3 Traffic speeds are unsafe

4 Rules / laws and their lack of enforcement


November 5, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

After their roaring success the past two years, Cycle Aware Wellington is proud to present the 'Roll on Wellington' awards for 2013.

This is where we celebrate the best (and worst!) of biking in the coolest little capital of the world. You can have your say by making nominations for any or all of the categories below. Just follow this link:

The categories are:

Most cycle friendly shop
Most cycle friendly cafe
Best piece of cycling infrastructure
Most cycle friendly public transport personality
'Most room for improvement' -...

October 24, 2013 Patrick READ MORE


CAN recently submitted to the NZTA on their "Safer Journeys for Rural Schools Guide Consultation Draft".


A copy of the submssion is attached as a PDF file.

October 23, 2013 Graeme READ MORE

Q: What is the official design guide is for NZ cycling planning and engineering?

A: The NZTA Register of Stds and Guidelines in theory is the place to know what's official and what's not - see

Unfortunately it's not that terribly helpful as it lists both the NZ Supplement to GTEP Pt.14 and the more recent Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides (which essentially pulls out all of the cycling-relevant bits from the new Austroads publications). Personally I would defer to the latter where possible and only...

October 10, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

Council elections in September and October present a once in three years opportunity to achieve more bike-friendly cities and towns.


How you can help:


Check your enrolment at

Vote for candidates who support the transport policies you want

Raise transport and cycling issues at candidates' meetings, send letters to editors, to Facebook or post online

Invite candidates to a meeting and ask about their priorities

Invite them on a ride for a first-hand look at cycling issues

Make a banner, sign, or Facebook image


October 7, 2013 stephenw READ MORE

Theme: The role of cycling in community building

4-6 April, 2014, Whanganui.
Start Friday evening, wrap up Sunday at lunchtime
Venue: Quaker Settlement 76 Virginia Road
Accommodation options here.

Register for the CAN Do online here.

For a bed in the bunkroom contact Lyneke.
If you prefer a campsite or motel unit, book direct with Heather tel (06) 347 7409(06) 347 7409. Call in the afternoon.

Are you passionate about more people on bikes, more often? Join us in Whanganui for CAN's National Cycling Summit...

October 2, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

Which candidates love bikes? 

We worked with the lovecycling campaign to send some bikey questions to the candidates for October's local elections. Here are the questions, and the answers they gave. The answers are in this order:

mayoral candidatescandidates for the WCC wardscandidates for the GWRC electorates.

Within each section, the candidates are in alphabetical order by name. The different roles have a different link to cycling policy and spending, and you'll see that reflected in their answers.


September 15, 2013 jamesburgess READ MORE

Mon, 9 September 2013


The next section of the Hauraki Rail Trail is nearly complete!

Join us to celebrate this milestone as we official open the new section on:

Saturday 28 September 2013

10:30 Cyclist Registration at Goldfields Railway - Consols St., Waihi
11:00 Official Opening Ceremony
11:20 8km Public ride Waihi to Waikino
12:00 Opening Day Gala at Victoria Battery Site - Waikino
2:00 Ceremony & Prize Giving
Click here for further information

September 13, 2013 stephenw READ MORE

Council elections in September and October present a once-in-3-years opportunity to achieve more bike-friendly cities and towns.

How you can help
1. Check your enrolment at
2. Vote for candidates who support the transport policies you want
3. If you attend candidates' meetings, send letters to editors, facebook or post online, then raise transport and cycling as issues.
4. Invite candidates to your next meeting. What are their priorities?
5. Invite candidates on a bike ride to get a first-hand look at cycling issues.
6. Download the...

August 6, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

Speed Limits Bylaw Review
Submission to Palmerston North City Council

24 July 2013 to

We seek the following decision from the Palmerston North City Council:
Set permanent 30 km/h speed limits outside schools.
Alternatively, if the national speed management plan changes, set part-time 30 km/h speed limits.

1 Thank you for the opportunity to give feedback on the Speed Limits Bylaw Review.

2 This submission has been prepared by members of the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN).

About CAN...

July 24, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

WhoWhatReceivedcopyeditpicsProduction?      Liz BeckLet's go article YesJohn   YesFrocksVelo City    Yes Wheel StylishYes     
     MariaDunedin approach to recruitment    Web MacKinack Island    -GraemeCAN policy - high-vis clothing YesJohn   YesDavid H Strategy meeting with local group reps.      Eldad CollinsRotorua Cycle Action update  YesLara   Yes ClaireSanta Monica Bike Centre     Simon KKiwi Brevet 2014  YesLara   Yes Jonathan KRimutaka Great Ride  YesJohn   Yes 


July 19, 2013 claire.pascoe READ MORE

Is our love affair with the car waning?

Peak car (also peak car use or peak travel) is a hypothesis that motor vehicle distance traveled per capita (expressed as VKT vehicle kilometres traveled per person), predominantly by car, has peaked in at least eight major developed countries.

There are two variants of the hypothesis, one (sometimes called 'saturation' or 'plateau') that having reached a peak, car use per head will continue at about the same level indefinitely into the future, the other that after peaking car use may in...

July 9, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

Review of studies that have quantified the economic benefits of interventions to increase walking and
cycling for transport

Dec 2012, from Canterbury DHB

July 9, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

As a form of transport, the bike is hard to beat. It is non-polluting, human powered, takes up little space and is often the quickest form of transport for journeys of less than 5 km, especially around towns and cities.

Beyond simply getting from ‘A' to ‘B', cycling can be a wonderful leisure-time activity and offers excellent health benefits for relatively little cost.

Whether you are into cycling to work or school, for leisure or for fitness, the information below can help make cycling more fun and effective for you and your whānau.

More at

July 8, 2013 Patrick READ MORE


This page will store the submissions provided by CAN and other groups or individuals to the National Inquest into Cycling Deaths, presided over by Cr Gordon Matenga between 2011-13

(note that some of these submissions refer only to one/some of the cases being investigated)

Link to final review report by the Coroner (Nov 2013)

July 5, 2013 glen READ MORE

Complete Streets
streets for everyone

Island Bay - CBD cycle route: briefing to Newtown Residents Assoc
17 June 2013

What's your favourite parts of Wellington?
Harbour, parks, Cuba St, Lambton Quay, Riddiford St during Newtown Festival

Fvourite cities?
Venice, Paris, Las Vegas - make a point about what makes these favourites - easy to walk, lots of people, lively streets

WCC has $2 million + for this project
See it as a win-win-win, with many benefits, such as...

June 18, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

CAN's Roles and Achievements
May 2013

Leadership (Advocacy)



NZ Transport Agency dedicated Walking & Cycling Fund.

Getting There, NZ's first Walking & Cycling Strategy

Getting There National Advisory and Working Groups NZ Supplement to Austroads 14 - design guide for NZ cycle facilities.

Bike Wise - helped secure the future and increased funding.


NZ Road Code - Awareness of cycling included.

NZ Cycle Trails

Consideration of health benefits in the...

June 10, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

By Amanda Witherell

The Government's plan to construct Roads of National Significance is a decade too late, according to a talk given by Todd Litman, a transport policy expert visiting Wellington from Victoria, Canada.

As part of the Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Centre's seminar series in May, Litman said car use has peaked.

"It's time to employ a new urban planning model - one that favours accessibility over mobility - in order to meet increased consumer demand for walking, cycling and public transport," he said.

"During the 20th...

May 28, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

Writing Letters to the Editor

Basic four sentence structure:

1 State the argument that you're responding to
Is it a particular article?
What prompted you to write this?

2 State your position

3 Provide Evidence

4 Provide a Solution - say what should be done

Good to infuse wit and personality into letter -however not a must: most of the letters to the editor in the Dom Post are fairly dry.
Good to start off with a slightly more emotion-based appeal, and then end with a fact-based solution

May 23, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

If you build it, they will come: Capacity crowd at Wellington's cycling forum
By Amanda Witherell

The capital's first public forum on cycling drew 180 people off their bikes and into Wellington City Council chambers, overflowing capacity. Sporting cycle shorts beneath her mayoral robes, Celia Wade-Brown addressed the crowd. "We compare ourselves to Copenhagen and Portland, but we're not doing really well with cycling. Wellington is now the most dangerous place in New Zealand to ride," she said. "We want to know your priorities. We will act on them. We...

May 3, 2013 Patrick READ MORE