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CAN is New Zealand's national network of cycling advocates. We work with government, local authorities, businesses and the community on behalf of cyclists, for a better cycling environment.
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Registrations are looking healthy for the 2017 CAN Do, CAN’s annual advocates’ workshop.
Cycle Aware Wellington is hosting this year and has put together a programme that all cycling advocates, experienced and fresh to the cause, will find of value. This year CAN is also celebrating 20 years as an organisation and 200 years of the bicycle.
Three interesting research reports about cycling have just been publicly released by the NZ Transport Agency and already they’re causing a bit of a stir around cycling circles (and elsewhere…). Cycling in Christchurch previously alluded to these pieces of work being underway, and their findings have some interesting implications for cycling policy in New Zealand.
Probably the one attracting the most immediate attention is the one regarding cycling on footpaths, but of great interest to cyclists is a study on overtaking gaps and whether a regulation requiring motorists to give space to cyclists is a good idea. Another major milestone is work by consultants MWH and ViaStrada which looked at a number of different road rules that affect walking and cycling to see if they could be changed. The six rules examined (many which are common overseas) were:
Wellington is the latest town to get its very own bike library and community bicycle upcycling scheme. ReBicycle Charitable Trust was founded recently to help collect used bikes and fix them up for refugees and other low income families. ‘So far the response has been fantastic with more donations than we have room for’, said project manager, Hilleke Townsend.
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Opinion piece on the Government’s Policy Statement on land transport, a draft of which has been released by the Ministry.
Read more here.
Last year's CAN Do meeting in Hamilton was a good opportunity to have a couple of weeks away cycling.
I flew to Auckland with my touring bike. The ride started inauspiciously, as the road from the airport had road works and I missed a turn-off.
Men in hi-vis overalls urgently flagged me off the road next to a sign marking the start of a motorway. They asked me to sign their visitor's book and gave me a ride to the old Mangere Bridge. From there I navigated to my brother's place in Mt Eden.
See the full story here.
'I'm Sure it's against Some Law...'
‘I don’t know the actual law, but I’m sure it is against some law’. Steven Muir writes about being made to feel like a criminal without being given much supporting evidence: My crime? I wanted to carry three lengths of stainless steel home on my bike for my latest trailer project.
It was around 10 kg of material in 3 m lengths that I planned to strap to the top tube of my bike, a method I’ve safely used before. I paid for the steel; then the conversation with the salesman at Steel & Tube Bromley went something like this...
See the full story here.
From Adelaide via Bologna and Invercargill to Upper Hutt and beyond, Share the Road has hit the road hard (but safely!) this year, spreading our message of empathy between road users no matter how big or small.
We’ve put drivers on bikes and riders in trucks in Auckland, Hawkes Bay Taupo, Hamilton, Nelson, Hokitika Dunedin and. In 2016 alone, the campaign has personally reached over 1,000 people in the transport industry, but the statistic we’re most proud of is that a positive change in driver attitudes to sharing the road with cyclists was reported by 93% of our freight or bus company participants.
2017 is off to a good start, too with the campaign winning a TRAFINZ Award for Leadership.
See the full story here.
It’s a pretty standard part of any cycleway debate to have someone say “But we’re not Amsterdam, people are never going to bike here”
Alastair Smith has reviewed Pete Jordan’s In the City of Bikes, an immigrant American’s view of biking in Amsterdam, and Janette Sadik Khan’s Streetfight, about her battle to turn New York into the Amsterdam of the US.
Click here for Alastair's verdict.
CAN's new T-shirts have arrived, and are selling quickly. But we have some old stock which needs to go, so our remaining 'Freedom' T-shirts are going at bargain rates for members! Browse here, or email Lyneke our awesome retail therapist on firstname.lastname@example.org
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