Full submission is attached.


CAN agrees that the purpose of the transport system is to improve people’s well-being, and
the liveability of places (para. 1). However, the investment proposals in the draft GPS
appear to place considerable weight on New Zealand’s economic growth and, as such, will
lead to under-emphasis on social, cultural and environmental well-being.

CAN acknowledges that the Labour-NZ First Coalition government has introduced many new
initiatives that recognise that a broad-based approach to well-being...

May 11, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Safe space is urgently needed for walking and cycling, say advocates

News release from Cycle Wellington

Transport advocates have today called on Wellington City Council to enact urgent measures to support safe walking and cycling and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Wellington Council needs to respond to public health directives on physical distancing in busy areas for people who are walking and cycling,” said Cycle Wellington spokesperson,...

April 27, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

WCC Shelly Bay proposal
9 Sept 2017

Presented by Patrick Morgan on behalf of Ron Beernink, Chair Cycle Aware Wellington

Today I'll talk about the Hunger Games and broken parking buildings.

We've heard about how this plan is the opposite of what we're trying to achieve in Wellington.

It takes us further from our goal of being a low-carbon city where people are not locked into driving.
It is...

April 23, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Webinar Invitation - How To Talk about Urban Mobility and Transport

We have the opportunity for you to join our webinar on how to talk about urban mobility and transport this Friday 24 April 2020, 11am-1pm.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given us a tiny glimpse into what cities might look like if we shift New Zealanders away from car use. But moving into public and active transport remains a challenge. Even where we’ve seen raised levels of public concern about transport in urban environments, we haven’t always seen a matching increase in...

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Transportation in the Coronavirus Era - webinar notes

23 April 2020

Intro: How are other cities responding to and planning for transportation in the Coronavirus Era?

What might happen to mode share after the lockdown has ended?

What do we need to be thinking about at this time to plan and respond accordingly?

Come and hear our three panelists share their current thinking on the transportation challenges that we...

April 23, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Cut traffic speeds to reduce pressure on hospitals 

It’s time to lower traffic speeds to reduce crashes and free up hospital beds, say cycling advocates.

"This will reduce harm and ease the burden on our health workers and emergency services," says Patrick Morgan from Cycling...

March 29, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Cycling leaders announced

Cycling Action Network has elected a new Board to lead advocacy in New Zealand.

CAN Chair, Jon Dean said cycling would benefit from the skills and energy of the new Board.

“There's no doubt that cycling is on the up, with more than a million New Zealanders enjoying the ride,” he said.

“Managing that growth and improving safety are our top...

March 26, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Accessible Streets submission guide

The Government is proposing some rule changes, called the Accessible Streets Regulatory Package. These are designed to improve safety for people on footpaths, encourage walking and biking, and support  liveable and vibrant towns and cities.

We think these proposals are great overall, as a complement to safer speeds and more cycleways. Have your say today. Feedback is open until 20 May.


March 18, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

News release from Cycling Action Network, 10 March 2020

New road rules make sense and will reduce risk, say cycling advocates


Today the Government released its Accessible Streets package of traffic rules for public consultation.

“This is a sensible package of rule changes, which will help to reduce risk on our streets and footpaths,” says Patrick Morgan, from Cycling Action Network.


March 6, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Cycle Wellington News, 5 March 2020

Kia ora,

Let's get a win on central city safer speeds 

Wellington is planning to change speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h. Yeah! This is an effective and proven way to make our streets sweeter for people on bikes. And there's heaps of additional benefits. Let's get this across the line. Thanks to everyone who took part in the engagement in November last year. This is a second stage of...

March 5, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Make the switch

What would you do with an extra four hours a week?

Switching to commuting by bike has saved Susie Robertson four hours a week and improved her fitness. By ditching the bus and buying an e-bike, she cut her commuting time from 80 minutes a day to just 30.

Susie is the Community Manager at Wellington's Sustainability Trust.

A year ago she was looking for a more convenient way...

March 3, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Welcome to CAN Do, CAN's annual get-together. The weekend includes our AGM, workshops, training, rides, plenty of food and drink, and a chance to catch up with fellow "CANners" from around New Zealand, at the home of High Performance Cycling in New Zealand.

Dates:  29th Feburary, 2020
Location: Avantidrome, 15 Hanlin Road, Cambridge

Registration: On-line

It's CAN DO time again, and for this year, the home of Cycling New Zealand plays host.

The CAN Do is our annual workshop and AGM that brings together...

February 27, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Let's get a win on central city safer speeds 

Wellington is planning to change the speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h.

This is your chance to have a say on the final proposal.

31 March: Consultation is now closed, with 64 percent of people supporting the plans. That's a mandate for change. Thanks to everyone who had their say.

You can see the results at

Our suggested responses

Do you...

February 26, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Wellington cyclists organised a Memorial Ride as a mark of respect for Brent Norriss, tragically killed on 3 February on Highway 2 near the BP station. We are deeply saddened.

We gathered at Parliament Lawn at 5:15pm, Monday 17 February 2020.
After a brief opportunity to speak, we departed at 5:30pm, rode along Thorndon Quay, Hutt Road, and gathered at the BP station to pay our respects.
We rode on to Petone, then back to Wellington.

Please wear red
Brent Norriss' family asked people wear red at the Memorial...

February 7, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

By Sarah Bennett

OPINION: Talk about right time, right place. Former prime minister John Key is at a job summit early in 2009 when an attendee bends his ear about the potential of recreational cycle trails.

Nek minnit, there's $50 million government bucks in the bank to build...

January 14, 2020 Patrick READ MORE

Cyclists need proper bike lanes, not slogans

National's proposal to fine cyclists who don't use bike lanes is a misguided and unworkable plan, say cycling advocates. 

“This is a dumb idea,” said Patrick Morgan, from the Cycling Action Network

“It would needlessly stir conflict and hostility.”

It's a solution looking for a problem.


The best way to get people to use bike lanes is to build proper protected bike lanes. Too many bike lanes in New Zealand are low-quality.

“Paint is not protection.”

Pedestrians don't want...

December 15, 2019 Patrick READ MORE

Coming back to Wellington from London, Jane Dawson was “shocked by the state of the biking infrastructure and bad drivers.” Instead of giving up, she instead decided to work with decision makers to improve her city.

That was a long time ago. In recent years she has worked with Cycle Wellington, and the Cycling Action Network (CAN)  to make things better.


December 2, 2019 Patrick READ MORE

The freedom, low environmental impact, and beautiful scenery along the waterfront are what drives Newtown resident Nicole Gaston to not drive everywhere. For years she has biked around Wellington and often commutes to work at the National Library. 

Nicole sees the growing need for mixed-use roadways.

“So many design elements of roads disadvantage cyclists and make it unnecessarily difficult to ride a bike for no reason other than lack of thought.”

By Matt Lorah


November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE

When asking Jordan Roy why he biked to work and for fun on the weekends he responded…

“Since I was a child and my parents put me on a bike, my eyes lit up!”




November 27, 2019 Patrick READ MORE

After 37 years of biking around Wellington, Charles Dawson of Crofton Downs has experienced first hand all of the benefits that come with his choice form of transportation. His favourite things include: hills for exercise, the lovely Skyline, Makara Peak and other trails, the slowly increasing number of bike lanes and a supportive biking culture. In New Zealand it's great we have a flourishing network of regional trails, which my family have specifically travelled to for holidays.”

Commuting to work as an educator...

November 26, 2019 Patrick READ MORE