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Aug

Everyday cycling is under threat of extinction. That's the warning from New Zealand cycling advocates.

“The 2006 Census shows a further decrease in the numbers of people cycling to work, to nearly 2% of commuters,” says Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN) chair Robert Ibell.

"Kiwis should have the choice of biking to work," says Mr. Ibell. "But right now that choice doesn't exist for many people because they think our roads are too unsafe."

“People who cycle to work help reduce pollution and congestion. They also improve their own health, which means fewer days off work,...

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21
Aug

The government's new transport target to increase cycling and walking to 30% of all trips by 2040 is welcome, but needs to happen much sooner, says Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) spokesperson Stephen McKernon.

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21
Aug

Recent media headlines suggest one in three cyclists had accidents last year. This is misleading, as about 1 in one thousand cyclists is seriously injured or killed per year, and cycling’s overall safety is comparable to other modes of transport.

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21
Aug

Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN) announces the launch of a new guide helping cyclists with every day cycling. The guide recognises that cycling is enjoyable, makes a difference, and needs to be done responsibly. The launch supports the National Go By Bike Day on Wednesday 28 February 2007.

‘Cyclists need to be made more aware of the difference they are making’ says CAN spokesperson Stephen McKernon. ‘They also need to be aware of their behaviour on the road. Cyclists today have a responsibility to make cycling work better for other cyclists, for other road users, and for future...

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21
Aug

The Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN) is saddened by the death of Christchurch City Councillor and former paralympian Graham Condon in a cycling accident in suburban Christchurch last Saturday. The driver of the car striking Councillor Condon was 15 years old and appears to have lost control of her car.

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21
Aug

"We would like to express our deepest sympathy and support for the families of the three cyclists who were struck by cars this weekend, two of them fatally,” says Cycling Advocates´ Network (CAN) spokesperson Stephen McKernon. “Cyclists nationwide will be shocked to learn of these deaths.” “Two of these cyclists were struck from behind in Taupo, during the week of a local campaign to educate motorists about sharing the road safely with cyclists. Another was struck from behind in Matamata,” says Mr. McKernon. "Both crashes occurred during what was otherwise a very successful Nationwide...

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21
Aug

With daylight saving heralding changes in riding conditions, cyclists are being
urged to light up and brighten up. Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) spokesman
Stephen McKernon says, “Cyclists should light up for morning, evening,
and bad weather riding. Most of the 12 cycling fatalities that occurred in 2005
happened at night. Cycling fatalities have declined over recent years, at the
same time as high-visibility riding gear and brighter lights have become more
popular.”

CAN strongly recommends high-visibility reflective gear such as...

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21
Aug

New Zealand’s motoring and cycling organisations have joined forces to
urge young cyclists to brighten up and to urge motorists to make space for cyclists.

"With the return of students to schools and universities, plus the onset
of winter, cyclists should brighten up for morning, afternoon, evening, and
bad weather riding. High-visibility riding gear and brighter lights are cheap
and popular, and every cyclist should use them," says Cycling Advocates'
Network (CAN) spokesperson Stephen McKernon.

Mike Noon, the AA’s General Manager...

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21
Aug

Two wheels rule on Go By Bike
21 February 2008

Pedal power will rule this Wednesday (27 February) as Kiwis of all ages, shapes and sizes hit the streets on two wheels to celebrate national Go By Bike Day.
Those who give cycling a go on Wednesday will be rewarded with free breakfasts and entertainment in 49 centres from Whangarei to Dunedin.
Go By Bike Day events are being organised around the country by councils, sports trusts, cycle groups and other organisations as part of national Bike Wise Week (23 February to 2 March). Bike Wise Week is a nationwide campaign...

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19
Aug

14 August 2008 - "Bobbies on Bikes" is a new initiative to promote cycle safety and use of alternative means of transport. This is a joint project with Nelson City Council and local Police utilizing funding from the NZ Transport Agency. Four bikes have been purchased and training has been provided for police staff.

Road Safety Co-ordinator Margaret Parfitt says, "Nelson City has a high number of cyclists and a roading and cycle network designed for growing numbers of commuter and recreational cyclists. However in Nelson and Tasman cyclists have traditionally been over represented in...

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17
Aug

An article entitled "Woman badly hurt in cycle crash" was featured on the front page of the Manawatu Standard (Friday, August 15, 2008). 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4657088a6003.html

A comment from Cycle Aware Manawatu member, Dr Christine Cheyne, entitled "Motorists must be vigilant".

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4657087a6003.html?source=RSSmanawatustandard/head...

Cycle Aware Manawatu want to work toward improving safety for cyclists through improved driver awareness and encouraging the addition of full cycle lanes to city streets, or appropriate and safe roading...

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14
Aug

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14
Aug

Just Another test

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14
Aug

This is a test article for the Test Group Site for Palmy.

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8
Aug

This week the Minister of Transport, Annette King announced that the NZ Transport Strategy’s (NZTS) combined target for walking and cycling is 30% of all trips in urban areas by 2040, almost double the present figure.  To help meet this target, the budget for walking and cycling will more than double over the next ten years. 

‘The updated NZTS indicates a real culture shift’, says Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) spokesperson Stephen McKernon. ‘It recognises that,

cycling, walking and public transport are keys to improving transport reliability improving access to stations by...

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6
Aug

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10525280
Walkers call on more cash to be spent on footpaths
5:00AM Tuesday August 05, 2008
By Mathew Dearnaley
Delegates at a national walking conference in Auckland are calling for a heftier share of infrastructure spending, after being told by Transport Minister Annette King that pedestrians are good for the economy.
Ms King, who arrived at the Waipuna Conference Centre on foot yesterday morning, said new Government research revealed health benefits of $1 a kilometre for pedestrians and 50c...

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5
Aug

Safer Roads Newtown & Berhampore Status: Consultation closed 14 July 2008. Next Steps:

Monitor upcoming projects to review detailed designs.

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30
Jul

Patrick Morgan and Alastair Smith met with Opus, who are carrying out a post-implementation review of the Wellington Inner City Bypass cycle path. I've attached a summary of the issues that we presented, and a map of the area with notes of some specific points.

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23
Jul

SIMON EDWARDS - Hutt News | Wednesday, 23 July 2008
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4628148a24118.html

A two cycles per unit restriction has "undone" any benefits from scrapping the $4 charge for taking a bike on Wellington's commuter trains, says Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW).

"It's worse now than it was," CAW's Claire Pascoe told Greater Wellington Regional Council's transport and access committee last Wednesday.

In a bid to make it easier for recreational cyclists and those starting/ending their commute to work on two wheels, GWRC made it free to put up to...

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23
Jul

Great Harbour WaySIMON EDWARDS - Hutt News | Wednesday, 23 July 2008
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4628174a24118.html

Cycle activated electronic warning signs are being considered for narrow sections of State Highway Two between Ngauranga and Petone.

Transit New Zealand regional manager Graham Taylor says the variable messages warning drivers there are cyclists ahead are activated when cyclists ride over loops on the side of the road.

Calls from cyclists and environmentalists for better safety for those on two wheels have intensified since...

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