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A call for the Tasman District Council's entire $20 million transport budget next year to be dedicated to cyclists and other vulnerable road users has been made by Golden Bay cycling advocate Victoria Davis.
However, council transportation manager Roger Ashworth described Ms Davis's call as "unreasonable" saying the council already spent $300,000 a year on cycleways in the district.
Bicycle Lanes in Paradise representative Ms Davis says radical measures are called for to compensate for the council having "ignored this sector for the past decade".
Ms Davis intends...
This Kim Hill National Radio interview
(from Saturday morning - 7 June 08) is excellent. Alan Hart is a
Nelson-based geologist who has worked on the front line of the oil
industry for over 30 years...
It's very informative and an absolute "must listen to" for 27 minutes if you want to know which way the oil price will be going.
Meeting has been confirmed with TDC Staff for June 26 at 11am.
Andrew Dixon (Transportation Manager), Simon Davenport (Project Engineer), Daniel Naude (Road Safety Co-ordinator) will be there. And hopefully Bill Steans (Parks and Recreation Advisor) also.
Ron is away and unable to come. Date was changed so Wendy can come.
It would be great if other Squeaky Wheel Core members can come. Please RSVP me if you intend coming.
Lets write an agenda in the next few weeks. There is a lot to discuss with the TDC!
Nominations are open for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008. Kiwis are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling projects or cycling champions for the awards, sponsored by Gemini Bicycles and supported by the Ministry of Transport.
Nominations have just been opened for the Gemini Cycle-Friendly Awards 2008. Kiwis are being asked to put forward their favourite cycling projects or cycling champions for the Awards, sponsored by Gemini Bicycles and supported by the Ministry of Transport.
Devised by the Cycling Advocates’ Network (CAN), the national organisation...
The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) congratulates the Cycle Training Advisory Group, LTNZ on the release of its new cycle skills training guidelines.
CAN spokesperson Patrick Morgan says, 'the vision is that every child or person has the opportunity to become a confident and capable cyclist. The achievement of a guideline is a critical milestone for every cycling in New Zealand and shows real commitment to New Zealand's "Getting there - on foot, by cycle" plan.'
The guidelines have been adapted to New Zealand from the United Kingdom's Bikeability...
A sustainability theme runs through many of the submissions to the Timaru District Council's annual plan.
The council will consider submissions on the plan on Tuesday, and among the 48 received are a number raising the issues of rising fuel prices, alternatives to electricity, and energy efficiency.
Submitters have asked the council to reduce or eliminate the building consent cost of installing a solar water heating unit, encourage wise use of water resources, and consider alternative means of transport such as rail and cycling.
Smart Energy Ltd suggests the council...
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Attached is the Squeaky Wheel submission to the Timaru District Council draft Annual Plan 08/09.
Ron Paulin and Jon Harris will be speaking to this submission at 10am next Tuesday (June 10) in the TDC Chambers. Ten minutes has been allocated for their oral submission. If you have time to go along and support the Squeaky Wheel's submission (in your morning tea break!) it will help show the support in Timaru for further improving the quality of the Timaru cycling experience.
Good Luck Ron and Jon.
Squeaky Wheel monthly meeting 5.30pm next Tuesday (3 June) at Community House
(27 Strathallan Street)
To add agenda items please use the "edit" function or "post a new comment"Agenda Brainstorm a wish list- look at list of Projects TDC has updated recently. See attached. Also comments gathered in process of drafting Squeaky Wheel submission. What projects do Squeaky Wheel see as priorities for the rest of 08?
See you there!
The Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) says it has never been more urgent for government and business to invest in cycling.
As petrol crosses the $2 mark more people are looking for alternatives to driving.
Cycling Advocates Network spokesperson Stephen McKernon says the government's "Getting There - on foot, by cycle" strategy is an excellent foundation, but local councils need to shift up a gear.
“We urge councils to meet the demand for safe and convenient...
Ron is sorting out the draft Squeaky Wheel submission for posting to here for Timaru Core to read and comment on. The submission is due Monday next week.
Ron is away from Friday so there is only a brief opportunity to make changes as Ron will be sending it in on Friday. Ron has also agreed to speak to the submission which is likely to be on June 10.
If you click on 11 subscribers to the left of this page you will see who are subscribers to Timaru Core.
Looking forward to people's comments once the draft is up for viewing.
We need to sort...
While the provision of additional parking in the CBD can be understood to be encouraging cars into the central city, Timaru is the major centre in a large rural area, so provision needs to be made for those visiting town from the hinterland. However, the mindset of driving right to the door of each address/business visited needs to be discouraged.Suggestions : parking should be handy, but not too handy (e.g. Caroline Bay) with enhanced walking and cycling access to the CBD Provision of a small-scale, regular, (environmentally-friendly) shuttle service between...
Here are some simple instructions for creating content on this website.General
I'll go through the items that you see below the box in which you type text. The 'Body' itself has a simple editor module. It is important that you don't paste text that comes from Microsoft Word straight into the box.
Paste from Word
Click on the icon, paste the text into it, and go from there (the facility strips all the superfluous markup that comes with Microsoft products, so that the website receives the text only).Disable rich-text
Right, this should be up and running. 9 members of Squeaky Wheel belong to the core group and have thus the ability to create content on this website. Other subscribers are Fiona Whero and Axel Wilke from Christchurch in an administrative role.
You can create articles, calendar events, newsletters etc. I have posted some simple instructions for this. Have a snoopy around these pages and enjoy.
Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) chairperson Robert Ibell said "We're pleased to see a strong focus on education, including changes to driver training, and a continued emphasis on speed reduction. However, the Government has backed away from important safety measures like banning cellphone use while driving, lowering the blood alcohol limit, and reducing motor vehicle numbers."
"Cyclists are particularly vulnerable when drivers are distracted by their cellphones. Every cyclist has stories of 'near misses' with cars or trucks, and for some people those incidents are enough to put...
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