A cycling expert is calling on the Government to provide dedicated cycleways with curbing channels to protect cyclists from traffic.

Professor Simon Kingham from Canterbury University said there was a perception cycling was unsafe compared with other forms of transport, but the overall risk was actually lower when the health benefits of exercise were taken into account.

"The main barrier to people cycling is that they don't feel safe - it's absolutely clear and we've done some research in Christchurch on that about three years ago."

Dr Kingham said more people would cycle...

September 12, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

CAN Do 2013 includes our AGM, workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink and a chance to catch up with fellow "CANners" from around New Zealand.

It is likely to be in Auckland in March or April.
Check again for more details.

September 7, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

Cycling Advocates' Network appeal

Donate at

At CAN we're united by our love of cycling and all the benefits it brings: to our health, wallets, well-being, family and friends, community, and our environment.

CAN is committed to a broad vision:

To promote the benefits of everyday cycling: cost savings, better health, less congestion, cleaner air, reduced reliance on imported fuel, and a better quality of life.

By donating today you'll help ensure we have the staff and resources to achieve our vision. More...

September 4, 2012 Patrick READ MORE
Join the discussion about how to make cycling part of the new Christchurch...

Cycling in Christchurch was launched at the end of May 2012 to promote, encourage and support cycling as a means of getting from A to B within the greater Christchurch area.




It joins the sister websites Cycling in Auckland and Cycling in Wellington, and all three websites form the Cyclopolitan group.

The aim of Cycling in Christchurch is twofold:

to grow the number of people using a bicycle to get from A...

August 26, 2012 glen READ MORE

Who is The Friendly Cyclist?


Oh, well hullo there! How do you do?

Cycling is a convenient, quick and cheap way to get around Wellington. It frees up road & parking space, is non-polluting and has enormous health benefits.

Cycle Aware Wellington has made this stunning and informative series of cycling videos for you - the Wellington cyclist. We do hope you take a moment to view and enjoy the videos.

August 16, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

Front room, Library Bar
Courtenay Place

1. Introductions

2. Western Corridor Plan (Thanks Phaedra and James!)

3. Adelaide, Riddiford, John St update

4. Windy Wheels

5. Roll on Wellington awards

6. Women's cycling fesitval 

7. Active Transport Forum 23 August. Does CAW want to put anything on the agenda?

8. Bikes on trains - GWRC to review policy?

9. 30-second raves

7pm - inaugural screening of the Friendly Cyclist videos

July 29, 2012 claire.pascoe READ MORE

The pockmarked streets of downtown Havana aren't very bike friendly, but that isn't stopping Felix Guirola from trying to ride into the record books.

The 48-year-old Cuban said he's built an 18-foot-high bike - taller than a one-story building - and has asked Guinness World Records to recognize his feat.

Franklin Reyes/AP Felix Guirola welds a piece for his home-made bike. Guirola has been riding tall since 1983, when seeing a tandem bike inspired him to build up instead of out.

"I've never been much of a cyclist, but I really like riding tall bikes," Guirola told the...

July 25, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

Re: Review of Cycling Deaths in Ontario

We were pleased to hear that you will lead a review of cycling deaths in Ontario. We are a team of researchers in the fields of public health, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, law, engineering and transportation. We have been conducting a study of cycling injuries in Toronto and Vancouver, and believe that we may be able to contribute some useful insights for your review.

Much of the research on cycling injuries in North America has focused on helmets or the specific manoeuvres of cyclists and drivers. We chose to...

July 25, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

In approximately 1975, the then Christchurch City Council, in conjunction with the National Roads Board, marked a cycle lane up to the intersection limit lines on the Kilmarnock Street approach to the Deans/Kilmarnock intersection in Christchurch.  In 1978 the Ministry of Transport produced a draft standard for the design of cycle facilities. The draft was approved by the National Roads Board for a trial that was conducted by the Traffic Committee of the Road Research Unit, in 1980.

The trial involved an investigation into the operating and attitude effects of mid-block cycle lane...

July 18, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

How many people ride bikes in NZ?
What age, gender, ethnicity are they?
How does that compare to other activities?
Are they rich or poor?

Answers can be found at Sport and Recreation Profile: Cycling
Findings from the 2007/08 Active New Zealand Survey

July 18, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

Deadlines: Main articles by 22 August

Local group reports and advertising by 31 August

Who What How many words Pics Draft received Sent it to editor Final Copy receivedGraeme Editorial 390  No No     Kevin Hague Parliamentary cycling group          Alex MacMillan Her research          David Hawke Chch school bike track 400 Yes Yes Yes  Michelle Rush Trip to Germany 500 Yes  No      Safe Kids?            Melbourne?          commitee/ stephen
 membership/recruitment article
         committee and patrick
 marketing the...

July 13, 2012 claire.pascoe READ MORE











July 4, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

April 18, 2012 - NTPP Update: A Bold Experiment in Four Communities



·         4 Communities were given $25 million per community! 4 years ago (no matter size)

·         Most $ went into infrastructure (89%)

·        ...

July 4, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

. Report to go to NZTA for the Safer Cycling Programme


Attached is the report as issued to NZTA Thursday 19th July.


The BikeNZ report that has been submitted to NZTA is also attached.

June 28, 2012 Graeme READ MORE

Another proposal from Living Streets. Do we like this idea?

A road that offers no exit for motorized through traffic is often referred to and signed as a dead-end road. However, when such a road continues as a road or path usable by pedestrians or cyclists, we call these "living end roads".

We started a project to correct the old and often misleading signage of living end streets, and developed a sticker that will be put on the current sign.

This project is launched by the Voetgangersbeweging (Pedestrians's movement in Belgium) in cooperation with the municipality of...

June 20, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

Andy Smith from Living Streets wants to know if CAN would support a change to the give way rules.

In summary: drivers of turning vehicles should give way to pedestrians (and other non-vehiclar traffic) that are crossing the road the vehicle is turning into (ie adopt the Australian and UK rules).

In addition, they note that such a change in road user rules would:
• be consistent with current rules at traffic signals (drivers at traffic signals, including a
driver turning left or right, must give way to pedestrians lawfully crossing or about to
cross the road,...

June 20, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

I received this from Karl Kane, from Massey Uni, Wellington. He's a capable man, with talented students, and understands CAN's mission. I'd like to take them up on this offer.

We could go big:
- how to get more people biking, more often
- how to convince central govt and councils to invest in cycling
- reposition cycling as an everyday, mainstream activity

or smaller:
- recruit and retain active CAN members
- design, market  and promote CAN's Workplace Bikeability programme
- design a cycling campaign

I'm going to meet him and would like...

June 19, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

Bike riders in the northern hemisphere keep pedalling through snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. With our comparatively mild winters, Australians have no excuse for giving up their wheels in cooler months. However, winter does bring new challenges, and riders need to adjust their style and equip themselves and their bikes to accommodate the cold weather, wet conditions and low visibility.

Beating the cold

When the temperature drops instinct tells us to rug up, but ironically, overheating is a common problem for winter riders.

If you feel cosy when...

June 14, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

SEATTLE –  For many in Seattle, the image of a typical cyclist is a Spandex-clad, yellow-jacketed two-wheeled warrior who braves the steep streets of this city.

But as the city prepares to overhaul its five-year-old bike plan, some want to make the city safer and friendlier to those not so accustomed to navigating the streets on two wheels.

There's a new push to get "willing but wary" cyclists on their saddles with protected bike lanes buffered from traffic, designated bicycling boulevards where traffic is slowed and walkers and bikers have priority, and traffic...

June 8, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

After six years living in London, New Zealanders Emma Philpott and Justin Hewitt decided to pack up everything and cycle back home.

Facing relentless rain, a string of punctures and dodgy suburban wild camping before they had even left England, they detoured into the Spanish mountains of Picos de Europa for some 'practice touring' before finally heading in the right direction. Covering much of the European-Asia landmass, they took a very indirect route down to Istanbul via Western Europe and the Balkans. After waiting out winter in Turkey, they headed for the vast flat roads of...

June 7, 2012 Patrick READ MORE