caption: Hagley Park, Christchurch

Wellington City Council is proposing to build a safer cycling route from island Bay to the Wellington CBD.
No one thinks making people cycle up busy Island Bay Parade and Adelaide Rd is a good idea. What are the best ways forward?

A DomPost story quotes Ray from the golf club and Paul from the Council but no cyclists.
Here's our 2 cents.

Good on Ray for defending his turf. The golfers have worked hard to revive the Mornington club, and it's no surprise they are cautious about proposals for a walking / cycling path....

February 20, 2014 Patrick READ MORE


You may have seen our volunteers at Go By Bike Day sporting these great Love Cycling Wellington t-shirts. Now you can order your own!

Until Feb 28, you can place an order for one of these beauties and spread the cycling love around the city. Email to place your order (be sure to let us know if you want Male/Female and what size XS,S,M,L,XL).

Then simply transfer $35 to Cycle Aware Wellington's account, with your name and 't-shirt' as the reference. 

Cycle Aware Wellington

Once the order period has closed off on Feb 28,...

February 14, 2014 claire.pascoe READ MORE

Cycle Aware Wellington is hiring a part-time campaign manager. We need a person to run an effective campaign for quality cycle lanes.

This will be a significant year for cycling in Wellington. In 2013 we voted for a bike-friendly council and have upped the cycling budget to $4.3 million. The next major project is the Island Bay - CBD route.
Making sure this is a high-quality cycling route is our key task, as it will set the tone for the future. There are significant stakeholder issues to resolve. Without strong community support we risk getting a poor quality cycling...

February 13, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Message from Sport Wellington - nice idea to bike the course before the event!

"The annual AMI Round the Bays run/walk is on. This is a Police / NZTA / Council enforced total road closure to cyclists. Avoid Evans Bay road.


February 5, 2014 AlastairS READ MORE

Sat 8 Feb International Night of the Stars & Kids Bike Race

From 6.00pm, Velodrome. Registration for kids race: 5.30pm outside Sport Wanganui.
Kids race sections: 6 & under and 7-10 years.
Visit and for more info.

Sun 9 Feb Family Bike Ride
10-11.30am starting from the i-site. Lead by Annette Main. No charge.

Tue 11 Feb Lyneke's four year cycle trip around the world
7.30pm, Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum. Hear about her...

January 27, 2014 Patrick READ MORE

Give the perfect bike for Christmas

Forget about Xbox and iPhones this Christmas - the best gift you could get your kid is a bike, says Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

"It's the gift of freedom, independence, joy. Learning about risk and consequences. Sweating, cruising, hanging out with your mates. Maybe a bit of mischief."

What should parents look for when bike shopping?
- you get what you pay for
- go to your local bike shop for expert advice
- avoid the big box retailers
- or go second hand, take a...

December 18, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

News release from Cycle Aware Wellington, 3 December 2013

Roll On Wellington Awards reward the best of cycling

Mountain bike instructor Ashley Burgess has been named as Wellington's favourite cyclist, for her efforts in encouraging women and girls onto bikes.

Cycle Aware Wellington presented the Roll On Wellington Awards today, showcasing the best and brightest of cycling in Wellington.

Spokesperson James Burgess says Ashley's enthusiasm, energy and passion made her a clear winner.

"Ashley has been described as a sparkplug, champagne...

December 3, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

WhoWhatDraft?Pics# of wordsEdited?On production?David HawkeBook reviewLara 380 Yes YesFullersBFB ferry company LaraYes   YesYesLiz Beck contactBF School Lara  
 Matthew WalkerBFB Transpower John   Yes YesCelia Wade-BrownBF MayorLara     Paul McardleBF town - Hastings Lara    Lynn SleathBF KapitiJohn    

     Lyneke Onderwater Merchandies John  Yes  Yes David HawkeStrategic plan  Lara   Yes Yes


November 27, 2013 claire.pascoe READ MORE

At CAN we're united by our love of cycling. Our objective is more people cycling more often.

Riding a bike improves our health, wealth and happiness. It also delivers significant benefits to the wider community: it boosts business, reduces congestion and makes our streets more attractive places to be.

New York cycling advocate Paul Steely White recently visited Auckland. He told us that businesses experienced a 49 percent increase in retail spending after protected bike lanes were built on 9th Avenue. Injuries among all street users fell 58 percent. That's right: better...

November 21, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

News release from Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) and Bike NZ
14 November 2013

An inquiry into cycling, recommended by Coroner Gordon Matenga, should go much wider than a safety panel led by the NZ Transport Agency, say cycling advocates.

Getting more people on bikes will deliver huge benefits to all New Zealanders, so we need a high-level Public Inquiry to make the most of the opportunity, say the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN).

A focus solely on cycling safety is unlikely to produce the best result, says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

"Cycling is...

November 13, 2013 Patrick READ MORE

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