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Dec

[photo: "motorbike? eBike? S-Pedelec?" workshop participants debate the status of an electric vehicle]

 

"It's just snowballed" was the introduction from ViaStrada's John Lieswyn, to an NZTA workshop on the regulation of eBikes and other low powered vehicles. 

I attended (on my eBike, of course) thinking that I was reasonably up to speed, having invested a bit of time in developing CAN's Electric Assist Bicycles policy. But I hadn't really appreciated the range of power assisted transport that is appearing, and the potential headaches that they pose for regulators. What...

December 1, 2016 AlastairS READ MORE
30
Nov

Review of:
Williamson, Laura (2016) The Bike and Beyond: life on two wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand. BWB texts. $15 softback, $5 eBook.

Wanaka based, but of Canadian origins, Laura Williamson has been writing about biking in NZ for a couple of decades, including contributing to the MTB magazine Spoke. She's concerned that despite the growth in recreational cycling, we're still wedded to our cars for commuting and utility trips. "Biketivism", or social action that challenges the primacy of the car, has been around...

November 30, 2016 AlastairS READ MORE
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Nov

 

CAN’s central Committee have been busy carrying out our usual advocacy, lobbying and publicity work to support cyclists' interests.  Here are some highlights-

 

In the public eye Our 'main man' Patrick Morgan has been making regular appearances on The Panel, an afternoon radio talk show on RNZ.  Stories Patrick has reacted to covered mandatory mirrors for bikes, so-called Bike Wars in Wellington, the sentencing of a truck driver for killing a cyclist, and the feasibility of footpath cycling.  And of course the Max Key episode: ‘I'd like to congratulate him...

November 21, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
18
Nov

Share the Road, the campaign that puts truck drivers and cyclists in each others’ shoes, has received a prestigious industry award.

Campaign Manager Richard Barter was delighted to accept the Trafinz Leadership award, saying it confirms the value of the research that went into creating Share the Road workshops and activities.

"Behaviour change on New Zealand’s roads is critical in encouraging more Kiwis to cycle. Understanding the demands on our heavy vehicle drivers is a big part of that."

Richard said the award, from the New Zealand Local Authority Traffic Institute (...

November 18, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
18
Nov

The Associate Minister of Transport, Hon Craig Foss, has signed into law 13 amendment Rules that make minor changes to existing Land Transport Rules. They’ll come into force soon- December 1st!

CAN’s submission is here; thanks to those who worked on it.  Here are some of the rules which apply directly to cyclists-

Permit drivers to encroach onto a flush median when overtaking cyclistsExtend the time period during which lighting and reflector requirements apply to pedal cycles and power assisted pedal cyclesClarify that a driver approaching an intersection must not enter a cycle lane if...

November 18, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
18
Nov

Tim Williams, CEO Committee for Sydney

Tim Williams presented to a meeting of transport advocates, experts and local Councillors recently in Wellington on the subject of Keeping Sydney Moving. Truly competitive global cities have the transport infrastructure to match their aspirations. While Sydney’s transport offering continues to improve, we need a step-change in provision if we are to equal the performance and accessibility of our competitors. The momentum towards a modern public transport system for Sydney needs reinforcing as vital to economic...

November 18, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
12
Nov

CAN's Share the Road Campaign is about raising awareness and empathy between cyclists and the drivers of large trucks and buses. Keeping up with international best practice is important, so we know we’re offering the best possible guidance to our workshop attendees.  Campaign Manager Richard spend a hectic two weeks visiting cycle safety trainers in Los Angeles and Vancouver, and then attending the International Cycling Safety Conference in Bologna. Here are some of his top lessons.Presentations by Volvo truck and car people gave accounts of amazing developments in car and truck technology...

November 12, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
12
Nov

CAN's Share the Road Campaign is about raising awareness and empathy between cyclists and the drivers of large trucks and buses.  To learn more, Campaign Manager spent a day in a Southland Logging truck on the 19th Oct.

It was a large "H for High Productivity" vehicle (50 tons loaded up). The trips involved delivering a load of logs to the Port at Bluff, picking up a load from a forest to the west of Invercargill and delivering it to a saw mill in Invercargill. It was an eye-opening day.

Drivers face the relentless pressure of ensuring the safety of other road users in a...

November 12, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
10
Nov

Have you signed up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge yet? Join organisations including Westpac NZ, Ministry of Justice, Fonterra, Xero and Sky City Auckland and help your team discover how easy and enjoyable riding a bike can be. 

The challenge is all about participation – who can ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more. Organisations and teams across the country will compete against each other to see who can get the most team members to ride a bike during the Challenge (1-28 Feb).

Sign up and invite your colleagues to join you now at http://www.aotearoa.bike/

- Note the...

November 10, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
7
Nov

Christchurch City Council is rolling forward with its ambitious network of good-quality cycle routes known as the Major Cycleways.  Routes primarily serve commuting trips into & out of the CBD.  But progress hasn't always been easy...

There is some resistance to change and the usual difficulties with providing parking for cars where residents have become used to roadside parking.  Advocates at Spokes Canterbury are appealing for our help in supporting such schemes as the Quarryman's Trail, now open for consultation here, and the 'mysocialpinpoint' tool...

November 7, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE
12
Oct

Safer trucks and better intersection designs are needed to reduce risk, say cycling advocates.

Following the sentencing of truck driver David Peter Connell who killed two cyclists, the Cycling Action Network has called on the Government to take action on safer trucks.

"The Cycling Safety Panel called for safer trucks in its 2014 report, but we have yet to see the Government take effective action," said CAN spokesman Patrick Morgan.

"Why does New Zealand have such low standards for safety features such as mirrors, proximity sensors and blind spot cameras? Why are...

October 12, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
26
Sep

Cyclists urged to light up on dim mornings

Early morning cyclists need to make sure they are well lit, say cycling advocates.

"The start of daylight saving means more people on bikes, but some may be caught out by morning twilight," said Cycling Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan.

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

With popular events such as the Taupo Cycle Challenge just two months away, many people...

September 26, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
22
Sep

Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging all drivers to leave their cars at home and use alternative forms of transport on World Car Free Day.

Every year on 22 September, people from around the world choose to walk, cycle and use public transport for their journeys to show that there is a cleaner, greener alternative to getting into the car for every trip. 76% of trips less than 5km long are made by car, many of which could be made by foot, bike or public transport.

Air pollution is a threat to health, with around 300 premature deaths each year attributed to it...

September 22, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
21
Sep

 

Share the road Blind Zone Workshops

 

People who cycle and people who drive trucks get to know one another: It is only when the drivers go for a ride, and when the cyclists jump up into the cab of a truck that they can understand each others position. Share the Road blind zone workshops show cyclists what it's like to be in the truck driver's seat.

 

We can tailor make a workshop format to suit your conference or seminar. These could include getting participants out on bikes, or may just involve exercises around a...

September 21, 2016 RichardBarter READ MORE
19
Sep

There's a lot of interest in e-bikes. Keen to find out more?

For starters, try the guides from Wellington's Bicycle Junction
Consumer has an e-bike report behind their paywall, or check your local library. Or sign up to Consumer.
Simon Morton from RNZ looked into e-bikes in 2014
In Auckland, Mercury is offering deals and free have a go days
In Wellington you can try one out at Switched On Bikes at Queens Wharf.

September 19, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
19
Sep

Cycling advocates say safe cycling routes are needed to head off the obesity epidemic.

New research from Auckland University researchers shows that three quarters of obese children are at greater risk of long-term heart disease.

CAN spokesman Patrick Morgan says that telling people what to eat or to exercise more won't solve the problem.

"Education alone can not work. We also need to redesign our physical environment to make physical activity easy."

He says the Government's $350 million investment in the Urban Cycleways...

September 19, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
29
Aug

This question comes up from time to time: "Why bikes don't have wing mirrors fitted? Surely mirrors would warn of approaching cars?"

CAN's response
In New Zealand bicycles are required to have effective brakes, reflectors and at night, lights. Although mirrors can be useful in some situations, they are no substitute for looking over your shoulder and having a good look around. This also signals to other road users that you are planning to make a turn or change lanes. Mirrors can be useful, but the case for compulsion is weak.

This...

August 29, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
19
Aug

by Vanessa Davis

While these may be obvious, like stating an organisation’s mission at the beginning of a meeting, it can be a healthy reminder to stay focused on the task at hand.

1.     Meet people where they are, not where you want them to be.

All people in all stages of the shift have a place in the active transport effort.

I have a friend who wore button that read, “I woke up today.” Slightly infuriating as an attitude but honestly, this is where we all start.  That is all we can assume. At an instructor training for the Pedal...

August 19, 2016 Patrick READ MORE
31
Jul

photo: Hauraki Rail Trail, near Paeroa

CAN's significant achievements, 1997-2018

Advocacy and Leadership

Made numerous high-quality submissions on legislation, strategies and policies affecting cyclists. These have led to many victories for cyclists.Made a crucial contribution to the establishment of Getting There, NZ's first Walking & Cycling Strategy and helped shape the implementation process.Raised awareness of cycling in the NZ Road Code.Regular representation of cyclists at meetings with key Government Ministers, MPs,...

July 31, 2016 admin READ MORE
23
Jul

I was stunned at the high numbers of cyclists in Berlin.  It’s certainly a different from the one I'm used to in New Zealand and Ireland.  Here’s a typical Berlin scene- Dad and his wee daughter, negotiating a huge and very busy intersection in Neukolln.  He does have an air of concentration about him, and a kids’ helmet dangling from his hand, but he seems to be happy to have her cycling independently- and she’s less than five I reckon.

Amazingly, Dad isn’t alone...  

All round Berlin we saw relaxed, carefree cycling providing transport for all ages, all genders, and...

July 23, 2016 Will Andrews READ MORE