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February 28, 2008 jonathan READ MORE
9
Jan

Most of my experience as one of the lobbied has of course been as a member of Parliament. But I'm sure the key points to make about lobbying are pretty much universal, whether we're talking about local politicians, local or national government officials, other relevant organisations, or even to some degree the media.

Probably the simplest and most useful way to approach the topic is to look at what is good effective lobbying.

The first point to make is don't assume that the person you're lobbying knows nearly as much about the subject as you do. And don't assume that some of...

January 9, 2008 jonathan READ MORE
8
Jan

Rotorua bosses may have to provide showers and cycle racks and subsidise workers' bus fares if a new transport strategy takes off.

Employers will be encouraged to promote alternative transport to reduce the number of cars on local roads. Encouraging cycling, walking and greater use of public transport into the city are among a range of innovative plans the Rotorua District Council has outlined in its Rotorua Transport Demand Management strategy.

The council developed the strategy as a requirement of the Land Transport Management Act 2003 which requires regions to...

January 8, 2008 cymbalista READ MORE
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Dec

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.

CAN proposes young people should not be eligible for a learner licence until the age of 16, and a full licence till the age of 19. All driver licence training and testing should cover respect for and correct behaviour around cyclists. In accidents involving cyclists, any legal...

December 19, 2007 jonathan READ MORE
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Dec

Members of the Green party and Christchurch cycle advocacy group SPOKES will be giving away "Free Fuel" at an inner-city intersection this Friday, to mark World Car Free Day. Barron

The group will be handing out freshly-cooked toast to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at the busy inner city intersection of Lichfield and Manchester Streets, along with information leaflets stating that "Toast Is Fuel!” and outlining the benefits of toast compared with petrol.

Greens spokesperson and SPOKES chair Paul de Spa says that conversion to toast can save motorists a lot...

December 19, 2007 jonathan READ MORE
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Dec

Just to show that we are live and working...

December 18, 2007 jonathan READ MORE
2
Nov

Winners in the SPARC Cycle-Friendly Awards 2007 have been announced today. Out of fourty-seven nominations the winners are as follows:

 

Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project: Transit NZ for Basin Reserve Cycle/Pedestrian Crossings   Land Transport NZ Award for Best Cycling Promotion: Massey University PR Team for On Ya Bike   Land Transport NZ Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Business: MWH New Zealand Ltd for Green Kilometres on “pool” bikes   ViaStrada Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by a Public Organisation: Nelson City Council for Nelson City Council...

November 2, 2007 cymbalista READ MORE
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Oct

Finalists in the SPARC Cycle-Friendly Awards 2007 have been announced today, (in no particular order) as follows:

 

Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project: Palmerston North City Council for College Street Cycle Lanes Auckland City Council for Waikaraka cycleway (first stage, off road section) Transit NZ for Basin Reserve Cycle/Pedestrian Crossings Land Transport NZ Award for Best Cycling Promotion: Sports Bay Plenty for Re-Cycle Auckland City Council for “Cyclists, Auckland needs you” awareness campaign Massey University PR Team for On Ya Bike Land...

October 15, 2007 cymbalista READ MORE