News

22
Jan

GIRL POWER PAINTING CAMBRIDGE PINK

 

This week Cambridge turned pink when Far North Flash, the under 13 girls racing team from Kaitaia led by coach Phil Gibbs, took to the roads of Waikato.

 

After taking out top spots in the under 19s 30km race at the SRAM Tour de Ranges on Saturday, the girls carried on their cycling road trip to Cambridge to complete their accreditation to race at the Avantidrome.

 

The girls train regularly together both on Zwift and in real life. They have mastered the roads, become very aware of their environment and most of all...

January 22, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE
22
Jan

Last week a car didn’t give me 1.5 metres clearance when it was overtaking me on my bikeWhy is that so news-worthy? Because it happened in Spain

And in Spain the drivers are so aware of and so courteous towards cyclists.

 

I spend about six months a year in a very touristy town called Calella, an hour by train north of Barcelona. Every day I get on my bike and ride to the shops or to visit friends or go for a ride just for fun. I am never alone. There are people heading to work or, like me heading off to do their shopping with their panniers on their bike and a...

January 22, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE
22
Jan

Hamilton has made rapid progress towards ratifying Vision Zero as City policy.Here are highlights from the timeline:

 

May 8th - Cycle Action Waikato (CAW) Submission to Draft-Waikato-Regional-Road-Safety-Strategy-2017-21 asking to bring NZ Safe System in line with Vision Zero, a plan for NO fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. Outcome: ’By 2040 there will be no more than 39 deaths per annum in the region’ (p21)May 9th – CAW ask elected city councillors for Access Hamilton to use the word ‘eliminate’ (not reduce) ‘fatalities and severe injuries’ in line with HCC health and...

January 22, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE
22
Jan

Toward Vision Zero in Christchurch

Perceptions of safety are a serious barrier to people taking up cycling. Vision Zero is an approach to road safety that has, as its aim, zero fatalities or serious injuries.

CAN and Living Streets Aotearoa together endorsed Vision Zero at the 2 Walk and Cycle Conference in mid-2016, and local councils and community boards are beginning to pick up the idea. 

Halswell Residents Association (Inc.), of which I am Secretary, approached our Community Board in Christchurch in November 2016 seeking their endorsement. Despite...

January 22, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE
2
Jan

New research from 'Journal of Transport & Health' makes some startling findings.

In NZ we hear a continuous media narrative of cyclists being injured and killed, and while 2017 was an appalling year for fatalities, increases in injury levels were not nearly as great. A new study from England clarifies the figures, finding travel fatality rates vary more by age and gender than by transport mode.

The study finds, for example, that young men are safer cycling than driving, that males have higher fatality rates than females for cycling, driving and walking; pedestrians...

January 2, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE
22
Dec

Your local CAN group has no doubt been beavering quietly away through 2017

Local groups engage with their Councils, check cycleway plans, run events, do bike fix-ups and whatever else it takes to get MORE PEOPLE ON BIKES MORE OFTEN. Here's a small sample of news from around the Network. See a full list -and join up- here.

The map's in PDF format too, see the link below. Many thanks to our volunteer Bryony Waterman-Dick for the infographic.

 

 

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December 22, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
21
Dec

How to teach a child to bike

The desrire to ride is the most important thing. Lots of encouragement helps.
Choose a smooth surface. A gentle slope helps the child gain momentum. It's harder to learn balance on grass as the bike is less responsive.

1. Set up your child’s bike correctly to give them the best possible start
Your child should be able to stand over their bike and...

December 21, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
17
Dec

Cycling advocates have welcomed new plans to make New Zealand roads safer this summer. 

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a boost in road safety funding. She has signalled a new focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits.

Patrick Morgan from Cycling Action Network, said this is good news for all road users, but cautioned that road...

December 17, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
15
Dec


Summary

● FIT Wellington’s ‘Scenario A+’ is a great start: LGWM’s scenario A plus light rail to link major
destinations AND introduce congestion charging.
● Add in a downtown biking network of protected cycleways.
● Back it up with links on quieter traffic-calmed streets and safe, quick ways to cross SH1
and other arterial roads.
● Make a bigger deal about how biking can contribute to transport and placemaking.

Submission attached as PDF

December 15, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
11
Dec

Wellington's major transport plan needs your help!

CAN group Cycle Aware Wellington have serious concerns about the Let's Get Wellington Moving process. CAW have called for a more bike-friendly approach:

'We want an obvious, all-new CBD biking network with a consistently high level of service. A grid of north-south and east-west connections that:

- don’t mix with traffic (sharing with buses can be OK for access but doesn’t give a good level of comfort for key routes)

- don’t rely on the waterfront (great for cruising but not a proper transport link)

...

December 11, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
4
Dec

Yep these are some rough & ugly photos of building, digging and painting, but they are certainly wonderful to see! Thanks Robert, it's not often we see a whole biking network taking shape at once, and it's heartening to think that this reflects what's happening in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Hamilton and other towns. Wow New Zealand!

See Robert's graphic photos here-

http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/2017/12/01/guest-post-cycleway-progress...

December 4, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
2
Nov

The first-ever NZ Bike Expo, which was held in Christchurch on 28-29 October exceeded expectations from exhibitors and visitors alike. Approximately 3,500 people attended the 2-day event held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, including families, teenagers, and adults of all age groups. 

Event owner Cycling Action Network (CAN) created the event so exhibitors could display the full spectrum of products and services that make up the bicycle world, and to celebrate just how broad the cycling community is. ‘We are absolutely stoked with the response to the Expo. We had very...

November 2, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
24
Oct

Bike to the Future Supreme Award recognises Māngere’s walking and cycling transformation

Māngere’s walk and cycle-friendly community transformation, Te Ara Mua Future Streets, has received the top honour at the annual Bike to the Future Awards in Christchurch on Thursday night.

The Bike to the Future Awards are organised by the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network (CAN). They acknowledge New Zealand’s most innovative cycling projects and celebrate the people who are making...

October 24, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
11
Oct

News release: NZTA leadership on safer speed limits required to reduce the road toll.


The quickest fix to reduce our road toll is to adopt safer speed limits. Whilst 100 km/h is appropriate for motorways and wide, straight highways, it is generally unsafe for the remainder of our rural roads.


“The NZ Transport Agency’s introduction of an 80 km/h speed limit on State Highway 1 through the Dome Valley...

October 11, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
6
Oct

New Government urged to take action on road safety as support for Vision Zero increases

 

Advocates are calling on the new Government to take a fresh approach to road safety, as road deaths increase for the fourth year in a row. 

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October 6, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
28
Sep

The Cycling Safety Panel reported in 2014. This year, 16 people have died while cycling. Four in the past week.
It's clear not enough is being done to reduce risk and protect people on bikes. The Cycling Action Network (CAN) Board meets this weekend, and will continue to work with our partners to reduce risk. We're dedicated to safer cycling. What's in progress?
- CAN runs Share the Road workshops with heavy vehicle drivers, and cyclists
- NZTA and ACC have announced $24m for cycle skills training
- The Urban Cycleways Programme is delivering hundreds of km of...

September 28, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
25
Sep

It's amazing to see the spread of good cycle infrastructure in Christchurch, along with the completion of new buildings and streets in the CBD. Strange things are happening though- the high-quality route on St Asaph Street is under threat of well-meaning 'changes' that CAN members ought keep an eye on. 

Do you use St Asaph St on a bicycle? Do you have children who go to Discovery? Do you think you will use the Metro sports facility and access it by bicycle? If so, or even if you're not in Christchurch but want to see good quality cycle infrastructure supported in all NZ cities, take a look...

September 25, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
8
Sep

Patrick has completed the Tour Aotearoa, a 3000 km ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff starting on 10 February 2018. Together, we raised more than $6,000 for Cycling Action Network through CAN's Give a Little campaign.

"Thank you for your generosity," says Patrick.

CAN is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment. CAN is an incorporated society (registration number 1139912) and a registered charity (registration number CC36909).

Tour...

September 8, 2017 Patrick READ MORE
15
Aug

News from the Network and beyond

 

 

August 2017

In this issue

CAN is organising NZ's first Bike Expo

$24m boost for cycle skills education

Opinion pieces: Cycling advocates- are we communists or fascists!? and We need to talk about parking

Touring: Crossing South Island by tandem & canoe

Auckland: EVs in bus lane and a $635 million plan for cycling

Overseas conferences: Asia-Pacific coming to NZ, and 10 tips from VeloCity (you won't believe no. 8!)...

August 15, 2017 Will Andrews READ MORE
4
Aug

CAN submission on WCC Shelly Bay Development

This is a bad deal for Wellington. Why?

 
- severe negative impacts on people walking and cycling
- undermines investments in Cobham Drive walking and cycling route
- creates a 4km gap in the Great Harbour Way
- opaque process
- loss of public space
- what other options have been investigated?
- creates a car-dependent suburb
- poor alignment with Wellington's urban growth plan - creates legal risk over consenting process
- failure to provide social housing
-...

August 4, 2017 Patrick READ MORE