I've been commuting to work by bicycle for more than 25 years; endless hours of stop/start riding on grimy roads pockmarked with deadly potholes. Not only is it a battle against the weather, but you're taking your chances with zoned-out pedestrians, aggressive minicabbers and myopic lorry drivers, too.

But that was the bad old days. The past few years have seen an explosion of urban cycling and the pastime is now basking in something of a golden moment.

And, perhaps inspired by the phenomenal successes of Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Mark Cavendish, the arrival of...

May 31, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

It may have a way to go before it rivals Amsterdam but Plymouth has been named as the UK's most bike-friendly city. Big cycling cities like London and Cambridge, however, languished in towards the bottom of the list.

Researchers ranked the cities on a range of criteria, including the numbers bike thefts, accidents, cycle routes and bike-repair centres. Despite the best efforts of the "cycling Mayor", the City of London came out at number 50, with Greater London in 56th, partly fuelled by the prevalence of bicycle theft.

And Cambridge, where the wheels very quickly came off an...

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Visibility limitations make cycling at night particularly dangerous. We previously reported cyclists' perceptions of their own visibility at night and identified clothing configurations that made them feel visible. In this study we sought to determine whether these self-perceptions reflect actual visibility when wearing these clothing configurations. In a closed-road driving environment, cyclists wore black clothing, a fluorescent vest, a reflective vest, or a reflective vest plus ankle and knee reflectors. Drivers recognised more cyclists wearing the reflective vest plus reflectors (90%)...

May 17, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

.Cycling Advocates' Network Winter Appeal (2012)

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.

More than ever, the tight economic environment opens the door to develop affordable, sustainable, and healthy transport...

May 13, 2012 Graeme READ MORE

At the 2011 Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism an entire workshop session focused on Bicycle Tourism. Oregon has long recognized bicycling - in all forms - as one of the state's great assets. Travel Oregon, the state's organization for planning, developing, and marketing travel to local, regional, domestic, and international visitors, currently markets Oregon cycling across the nation and abroad. The Oregon Bicycle Tourism Partnership, that Travel Oregon convenes, has been a statewide effort since 2003 and includes over 120 collaborating organizations and partners. Because the state...

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Andreas Rohl hails from Copenhagen, a city with 400 kilometres of bike lanes, foot rests for riders waiting at intersections, and a "highway" that whisks cyclists from the suburbs to downtown.

"I like to say we have no cyclists in Copenhagen," Mr. Rohl, manager of the City of Copenhagen's bicycle program, told about 200 people at the Ontario Bike Summit at the Hyatt Regency on King Street West on Tuesday. "We have citizens who use bikes to get from A to B."

Such non-confrontational lexicon could help lower the temperature of road battles in Toronto, he suggested, where "...

April 27, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

There are always some people who aren’t very sympathetic to cycling. If they discover that you’re a cyclist (and rather like being one) you might find yourself having to defend any and every aspect of your transport choice, excellent as it is.

It's sometimes quite hard to come up with facts, figures and arguments on the spot, so we're hoping that our '10 Common Questions' with answers to each will help you. There are some questions that keep coming up time and time again, namely:

1. Cycling's dangerous, isn't it?
2. Wouldn’t wearing a helmet make...

April 24, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

As our recently revamped website is now well established, we’re phasing out the Smartmovez website. The transport information you used to access through SmartMovez is being transferred to the NZTA website.

The new look Transport Data section features a simpler layout and more intuitive menu design. We plan to continue improving the data, reports and other tools that we provide. Watch this space for further updates on transport data.

April 24, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

Journeys on the Whanganui are a collaboration of small businesses operating on and beside the Whanganui River.

The group has developed a range of packages available for those keen to experience New Zealand’s newest cycle trail, Mountains to Sea. These are available from individual operators or from their website


April 5, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE


Group's next meeting, 5.30 pm, Weds 4th April 2012.


Meet at the STOS cafeteria, Devon Street West at 5.30pm.


Apologies: Stuart, Graeme.Anything from last meeting to be discussed not covered below?NPDC goings on/Lets Go.  Anything to support?NPDC LTCCP coming up.  Submission time.Local content article for next Chainlinks.60 second raves on what's been good and not so good.Plan a ride?Anything else?




April 2, 2012 Graeme READ MORE

This link courtesy Chrys Horn, Spokes Canterbury

The article is entitled 

The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study

and can be found at:


March 30, 2012 DavidHawke READ MORE

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

"The end of daylight saving on Sunday means it's time for cyclists to check their lights and batteries," says CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

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

"Lights, reflectors and high-visibility riding gear make you easier to see," says Mr Morgan.

"Cycling offers the ultimate trip: it's a fast and flexible way to get around, while improving your health at the same time."...

March 30, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

Draft Long-Term Plan 2012-2022 is out for consultation

The Draft Long-Term Plan outlines the proposed services for New Plymouth District over the next 10 years, with the first three years in detail. It seeks to reflect what type of community you would like to live in and the things you would like to see made available for your community.

The Council would like your feedback on the Draft Long-Term Plan 2012-2022.

Submissions can be made by:


Completing the online submission form here.Completing the submission form at the back of the summary booklet or full draft plan, or...

March 29, 2012 Graeme READ MORE

Link to an item on Placemaking for Communities blog:



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Cycle Aware Manawatu Update 2012


Hello Cyclists!
Its been an active time in the Manawatu for things cycling with the 30 days of cycling bookended by the international cycle races! I'm writing to update you on recent cycling advocacy activities, to find out what you'd like Cycle Aware Manawatu to achieve this year, and how you'd like to be involved.

The Cycle Working Group (including Councillors, staff, and cycling enthusiasts/advocates including myself as a community group rep) worked last year and named key areas of importance for cycling in...

March 27, 2012 julied READ MORE

This April, the first annual Tour of New Zealand cycle ride takes to the road. Whether by relay or pedalling every km, teams will tackle a 7-day road ride, either of the North or South Island, Cape Reinga to the Wairarapa or Bluff to Picton.


Our favourite part? While we’re looking forward to the hot pools at Hamner, we’re even more excited that the Hikurangi Foundation has been chosen as one of three official recipient charities of funds raised by the Tour. That means teams can choose to turn their ride into a fundraiser with lasting impacts. We’re...

March 26, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

There's no question cycling provides physical benefits for children but, critically, it helps them make decisions and develop skills they need to survive later on in life, a clinical psychologist says.

Nigel Latta, who also presents The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show on television, says unfortunately, modern parenting dictates an over-prescription of caution and supervision, especially when it comes to learning how to ride a bike and some children never feel the achievement of making decisions for themselves.

He told the 2Walk and Cycle conference in...

March 19, 2012 Alex admin READ MORE

The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) and BikeNZ say it is common sense for government and business to fight high fuel prices by investing in cycling.

As petrol hits $2.20 a litre, people are looking for alternatives to driving.

CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan says local councils and the government need to shift up a gear to soften the impact of high fuel prices.

"New Zealanders love to bike, but many are put off by our busy roads and a lack of decent cycleways."

"The good news is that cycling is a cheap date."

Relatively small investments can unleash cycling's...

March 16, 2012 Patrick READ MORE

CAN's Special General Meeting 2012

When: 15 May 2012, 7:30 PM

Where: teleconference

IntroductionNotices to members etc:Rule 5.6 requires notice of SGM be given to:Affiliated and Supporting Organisations 28 days before date of the SGM.  This was sent out on the 17th April 2012.CAN members 14 days notice by post or email. Rule 6.1 requires 14 days notice of any proposed rule change at a SGM be given to CAN members.  This was sent out on the 1st May.
QuorumCheck on numbers either present or calling in.  7...

March 15, 2012 Graeme READ MORE