News

13
Sep

Biking is fun. Are you thinking about getting a bike for travelling to work, for weekend rides, or for your kids?

Bike shops are expert at helping you find a bike that's right for you and have qualified mechanics and sales support. Buying second-hand can be fine - just make sure it's comfortable and safe.

Fit the bike to you
The frame size must be right. There should be at least 12cm between your crotch and the cross bar when you straddle a mountain bike, and 3cm or more for other bikes. For maximum comfort and performance, your leg should be...

September 13, 2008 rpsewell READ MORE
13
Sep

CAW's survey of Wellington City Council and Wellington Regional Council candidates

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13
Sep

Workshop notes

CAW members (David, Jane, Stephen and Patrick) went riding with police and council staff this morning. We run an annual Police / Council cycle training day. There were about 40 people there.

This year we started at 8am and cycled for about an hour from Karori, Johnsonville and Kilbirnie, and through town. Then we discussed some of the issues facing cyclists in city traffic. We pretty quickly figured out that cyclists sometimes have to choose between what is legal, what is practical and what is safe, e...

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13
Sep

Seen some dodgy driving behaviour? Fill in this form and let the Police take care of it.
This report will be used by the New Zealand Police to advise the owner of a motor vehicle about the driving behaviour you have observed and reported. The Police will regard your report as confidential; in accordance with the provisions of the law as it relates to privacy and disclosure of information.

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13
Sep

Links

Cycling Advocates Network New Zealand's national advocacy organisation

mountainbike.co.nz A pretty good mountain bike site

vorb.org.nz mountain biking forums, events, news, vaguely organised rides, videos and 1000s of photos. Join CAW and CAN here.

CycleWellington.com Links to everything cycling in Wellington

Cycling Health Cycling Health stands for Helmet Law Truth and Honesty. We campaign for the removal of the New Zealand...

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12
Sep

Cycle Aware Wellington has been concerned about the hazards posed by sump gratings on Wellington roads. The standard pattern parallel grating is liable to trap bicycle tires and cause accidents. Some sump gratings are sunken below the road surface, creating a hazardous hole. Many gratings are located at points where traffic forces cyclists into the edge of the road and it is difficult to avoid riding into the sump. In addition, there are gratings which are broken, and pose a hazard to small cars and children, let alone bicycles!

In September and October CAW canvassed...

September 12, 2008 rpsewell READ MORE
12
Sep

To commemorate and honour the lives of the riders killed on 19 June.

A video of the ride is now available.

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12
Sep

Check out these bike buses leaving from various parts of Wellington each morning.

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12
Sep

Bike To Work Day celebrates 10 th birthday

Hundreds of Wellington cyclists will converge on Civic Square on 1 March to celebrate ten years of Bike to Work Day in the capital.

The event, jointly organised by Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW) and Wellington City Council, will see cyclists tucking into a special themed birthday cake. They will also enjoy a free breakfast, free bike checks, giveaways, prizes, entertainment and guest speakers from 7:00 until 9:00 am.

Bike To Work Day aims to celebrate cycling as a great way to...

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12
Sep

Regional cycling group Cycle Aware Wellington is unhappy that new rolling stock for the Wairarapa service stock unveiled yesterday does not provide proper facilities for carrying bicycles, despite earlier representations to Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Cycle Aware member, Paul Bruce, said that he was one of a number of people to discover that storage space on the new Wairarapa train carriages arriving in the Capital yesterday did not contain any special facilities for bicycles, in spite of a special mention in a Greater Wellington Regional Council flier. A space is...

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12
Sep

A route on the seaward side of the rail line is the best way for cyclists and walkers to get between Petone and Wellington, say cyclists.

Cycle Aware Wellington spokesperson Alastair Smith says, "We welcome initiatives from Transit NZ and local authorities to address the immediate problems but a long-term solution is needed."

"As fuel prices rise, more cyclists want to commute between the Hutt and Wellington, but are discouraged by the lack of a safe route."

A seaside route would be a vital link in the Great Harbour Way - a proposed cycling and walking route...

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12
Sep

This is a test

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12
Sep

Finalists in the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced today.

Finalists in the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008 have been announced today, in no particular order, as follows:

Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project:

North Shore City Council for Lake Road, Devonport - Takapuna Cyclelane New Plymouth District Council for Foreshore Coastal Pathway NZTA, Nelson for Atawhai Off-road shared cycleway/...

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11
Sep

When: Tuesday 9 September 2008

Where: Bowen House, Wellington,

Who: Peter Brown, Deputy Leader, NZ First; Jane Dawson & Robert Ibell, CAN

NZ First has not yet finalised its transport policy. Peter Brown was clear that NZ First supports more investment in roads but said the party recognises that roads are also used by cyclists and saw the need for a mix of transport modes. He was open to the idea of making this clear in their transport policy.

Peter said several times that they see their role as a support party, but one that has the ability to...

September 11, 2008 ribell READ MORE
11
Sep

a list of BUGs

Bicycle User Groups
"Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) by their nature, are diverse creatures. They have different habitats and thrive on different nutrients. Despite this, they have a common ground -- the love of the bicycle."
Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) are formed by people who want to work together to improve facilities for cyclists and encourage cycling. Many BUGs are workplace based: we all have gripes about inadequate racks, lack of showers and how to get others out of their cars and into the saddle, but we may not know how to change things...

September 11, 2008 Patrick READ MORE
11
Sep

 

Submission
to Greater Wellington proposed 2008/09 Annual Plan

 

Cycle
Aware Wellington (CAW)

 

Name:
Illona Keenan

Position:
Submissions Co-ordinator

 

Who
is Cycle Aware Wellington?

We
are a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving
conditions for existing cyclists and encouraging more people to bike
more often. We are the local advocacy group for cyclists who use
their bikes as a means of transport. Since our...

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11
Sep

 

Windy Wheels

6th September 2008

Being the news and views letter of Cycle Aware Wellington.

Important submissions to complete

There are two very important policies concerning cycling in the Wellington area needing submissions over the next couple of weeks. These needn't be long - in fact they are more likely to make an impact if concise, perhaps two or three pages long at the most. There are sample submissions on our website, or you can always contact any of the...

September 11, 2008 Patrick READ MORE
11
Sep

The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) has presented a 3,500-signature cycle safety petition to the Ministers of Transport, Police and Road Safety.

The petition was started in response to the tragic deaths of Des Eyre and Steve Fitzgerald on Wellington's roads in July 2008. The petition calls for urgent cycling safety improvements through better planning, funding, roading project...

September 11, 2008 Scorcher READ MORE
10
Sep

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is currently consulting on amendments to the Road User Rule. CAN is preparing a submission on this important legal document, as it affects cycling in many ways.

You are welcome to contribute to the development of our submission. Please refer to our draft submissions page for more details.

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9
Sep

This is the draft submission to the WCC Draft Cycling Policy.

We are using Google Docs to write the document. To view the current version, click on the following link:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddcptvd8_27grzmmwg7

If you wish to make a contribution to this work in progress, you are welcome:

1. If your contribution is limited to just one or a few aspects of the submission, please leave a comment here in this page, using the comments form.

2. If you feel that you have lots to say, or if you would like to review the policy with your own hands, please join...

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