No loss of life is acceptable, is the message behind the development of the Government’s new road safety strategy,"says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter.

I need your help: 2019 will be a big year for road safety, with the Government consulting on a new safety strategy.
But there will be push back. We'll need to have our say to get good programmes across the line. There's potentially big wins on safe speeds, a close passing rule, and more cycleways.
CAN will upgrade our digital campaign tools, to help people have their say.

February 1, 2019 Patrick READ MORE

CAN is organising our biggest bike expo in Christchurch, on the 13 and 14 October, at the Air Force Museum of NZ, Wigram.

The NZ Bike Expo will bring together everything to do with the bicycle, in a vibrant and exciting consumer show. Visitors will have opportunities to trial bikes, meet top sports people, learn about new adventures on the Events Programme, and feature prizes and giveaways as well as showcasing a wonderful range of top bike and bike-related brands and retailers.

As a cycling advocacy group we’re very keen to get more people on their bikes, enjoying...

October 11, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Why do people on bikes ride two abreast?

By Patrick Morgan, Cycling Action Network

When we were in kindergarten, we learned a few basic rules on how to get along with each other.

First, follow the rules.

Second, be kind.

Now that we've left kindergarten, this...

October 9, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Bike to the Future awards review

To: CAN Board
From: Patrick Morgan
25 September 2018

With the 2018 awards behind us, it's timely to consider timing and branding of the Bike to the Future Awards.


The Bike to the Future Awards...

September 24, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Good news - Government invests a record $390m in cycling and walking

I want to share some welcome news with you – the Government has announced a record $390 million will be invested into cycling and walking projects over the next three years.

That's a 33 percent increase. It includes Skypath and Seapath. Sixty-two years after the Auckland Harbour Bridge was built, we will have a direct cycling route from the North Shore to...

September 4, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

NZTA wants our feedback on signs and road markings

What do you think about how signs and road markings are used?

 We’re consulting on the Traffic control devices manual part 5 – traffic control devices for general use – between intersections.

 This document provides guidance and best practice for road controlling authorities and traffic management practitioners on the use of traffic control devices, such as signs and road markings, between intersections. Traffic control devices are used to...

August 28, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Cyclists applaud funding tailwinds

New Government funding for cycling is good news, whether you ride a bike or not, say cycling advocates.

The Government has today announced $390m investment in walking and cycling over three years, including fully-funding Auckland's Skypath over the harbour...

August 23, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

The indomitable Aro Valley cyclist

Alastair Smith at the end of the St James Cycleway.

20 November 2019
It is with a sad heart I must share the news that Alastair Smith passed away today.

I will always remember Alastair as a caring, considerate and funny man. He devoted huge energy to his passions. High among these was his love of riding a bicycle and sharing the simple pleasures of companionship and adventure. He kept the flame of bike advocacy burning, and we are all better off as a result. I will miss him dearly.
Patrick Morgan

In July...

August 15, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Give us room - a campaign for a safe passing rule
Introduce a safe passing rule, to protect people on bikes.
A safe passing rule was recommended by the NZ Cycle Safety Panel in 2014. Safe passing rules are common in Europe, the US, and most Australian states. They also protect people on foot, law enforcement and road workers.
Why are we waiting?


January 2023
Still nothing. Not acceptable

October 2021
No action yet by Government. Transport Minister...

July 19, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Cyclists welcome record investment in safe and sustainable transport

Cycling advocates say the new transport budget is good news for safer roads.

The Government released the new Government Policy Statement (GPS) on transport funding today. It allocates up to $1.1 billion for new cycling and walking projects, up to $4.8 billion for rapid transit, and up to $8 billion for public transport over the next ten years.


June 28, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Notes from Chris T-S, Living Streets Aotearoa

I attended the TRAFINZ safety workshop in Wellington.

The workshop featured Margaret Dugdale from NZTA and James Campbell from MoT talking about progress towards developing a new road safety strategy to replace safer journeys which they acknowledge has failed (first 5 years of declines in road death toll has been almost completely reversed in last 5 years).

Margaret put NZ in international context (it ain't...

June 25, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Cycling advocates call for urgent action on road safety

Ten years after the death of Police Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald while cycling home, cycling advocates are calling for urgent action on road safety.

Former national road policing manager, Mr Fitzgerald was cycling home from work on 19 June 2008 when he and a truck and trailer crashed on a roundabout in Petone. In 2009 the truck driver was convicted of careless driving.

Cycling Action Network spokesman Patrick Morgan says the solutions to traffic danger are well known, but Councils and the...

June 19, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Finalists for the 2018 Bike to the Future Awards, New Zealand’s national cycling awards, have been announced.

The awards, now in their third year, are organised by the NZ Transport Agency and Cycling Action Network (CAN). They celebrate the projects and people that are actively supporting and encouraging New Zealanders’ choice to get around by bike as part of their everyday journeys.

The finalists, selected from 60 nominations, range from large-scale infrastructure projects such as the Te Awa River Ride - Ngaruawahia to Horotiu section, to education initiatives...

June 6, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Vision Zero is an approach to road safety that has, as its aim, zero fatalities or serious injuries. Representing his local residents’ association, David Hawke (a former CAN Secretary) made a presentation to Christchurch City Council last December requesting endorsement of the Vision Zero principles. 

The final result was a submission from Council to Government saying “We support the vision zero principles and recommend that the national road safety targets focus on a continual reduction in deaths and serious injuries.’

Have you thought about asking your...

June 4, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE

The Government Policy Statement on Land Transport sets the Government's policy direction on transport. It's revised every three years.

Minister of Transport Phil Twyford and Associate Ministers Julie-Anne Genter (below) and Shane Jones have a positive vision for transport.: a vision that puts at its centre a reduction of our dependence on private cars, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and improvements to public health. CAN supported their draft Policy Statement and many many friends of CAN followed our submission guide to support the draft GPS.

Here you can view the...

June 4, 2018 Will Andrews READ MORE

Bike Auckland Welcomes ATAP 2 Announcement  

Bike Auckland celebrates today’s Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) 2 announcement by Mayor Phil Goff and...

April 26, 2018 Patrick READ MORE


Cycling advocates dismayed by Council decision not to address Thorndon Quay black zone


The decision by the Wellington City Council City to ignore pleas to make Thorndon Quay safe has dismayed and angered cycling advocates.


“This flies in the face of the Government’s recent call for a zero road death toll and Associate Minister of...

April 19, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Transport Policy submission guide

The Government’s new transport policy (the GPS) will invest more in cycling, walking, public transport and safety than ever before. CAN rates it at 9/10. But it's still in draft form, and we need to have our say to make sure it gets approved. Follow our submission guide and have your say BEFORE 5pm Wednesday 2 May 2018. 



April 17, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

Vision Zero is the only ethical approach to road safety

Patrick Morgan
Cycling Action Network

Last Saturday two men were killed while crossing Wyllie Road in Papatoetoe, Auckland. This was no accident. Their deaths were preventable.

There were 380 avoidable deaths and thousands of serious injuries on our roads in 2017, resulting in untold heartache and more than $4 billion in total social costs. Why do we...

April 16, 2018 Patrick READ MORE

The Dutch experience of urban design for cycling

A synopsis of a talk by Netherlands Ambassador Rob Zaagman
March 2018, Wellington


“Cycling is a way of life in the Netherlands”.

But until the 1980s transport provisions for cars in Holland, just as in New Zealand, had priority over cycling and...

April 12, 2018 Patrick READ MORE