News from the Network and beyond
In this issue
Opinion pieces: Cycling advocates- are we communists or fascists!? and We need to talk about parking
Weblinks. 103 year-old drivers; crazy cyclists...
About Cycling Action Network
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.
Welcome to another Chainlinks. Thanks are due to CAN volunteer Adrian Croucher who compiled and edited well over 200 issues of e.CAN, our e-newsletter. This e-newsletter merges e.CAN into Chainlinks in an e-format. Enjoy!
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The NZ Bike Expo will have its first show on 28-29 October in Christchurch, in the last weekend of Biketober.
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• Major step forward in getting kids on bikes.
• 18-month transition phase now underway
• Close links with Bikes in Schools project
Connected networks for cycling are receiving serious attention from central and local government through the ongoing Urban Cycleways Programme. To complement this the NZTA and ACC recently agreed to approve funding for the implementation of a National Cycling Education System.
This will form part of the NZTA's Safe System approach and the Cycling Safety Action Plan. Planned investment in the system is $24 million over four years, primarily shared between the Transport Agency, ACC and local government.
The new system's focused on giving people the skills they need at the right time in their life – from learning bike handling skills in primary school, through to learning road rules and how to ride on-road when they are ready. It will also offer opportunities for adults who haven’t ridden a bike for a while, with programmes designed to help them improve their skills on both standard and electric bikes.
An 18-month transition phase, led by the Transport Agency, is now underway. Here's the joint media statement by Transport Minister Simon Bridges and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse.
CAN has been consulting with the working groups and it certainly looks like a really exciting development. More info is available on the NZTA website here.
Spokes Canterbury's Dirk deLu has had all sorts of epithets thrust on him while advocating for cycling in contemporary NZ. Read his reactions here.
Need to bring a 45kg St Bernard to work every day? No me neither, but Jeremy shows here that even with heavy loads it's quite practical to use an ebike instead of a car, particularly with those brand-new bike lanes opening...
Read more on the Action Bicycle Club blog site here. ABC are one of CAN's generous Supporting Organisations.
Opinion by Alastair Smith of Cycle Aware Wellington
When the rubber hits the road and Councils begin laying out cycle lanes, space allocated for car parking quickly becomes a controversial issue. There are solutions. Alastair looks at this issue in the ever-thoughtful Cycle Aware Wellington blog.
It's a Government proposal for trial in Auckland. Would it encourage the uptake of EVs? Or just slow people on buses so they revert to their (cheap petrol) cars? What about electric bikes?
CAN made a submission to the NZTA on the subject which you can access here.
A proposed combined investment of $600million over the next 10 years to build 150km of bike network and raise the proportion of people cycling to 5% – with an additional $35 million invested in complementary initiatives
See the full story over at Bike Auckland's website here.
The indomitable Steve Muir and friends on an amphibious mission across the South Island.
Steve proves you can not only tow your kayak behind a tandem on some of the South Island's hilliest passes, but also pop the tandem into the kayak for a cruise down the Waimakariri. What could possibly go wrong!? Find out here.
It’s not often an international conference based around cycling drops into NZ. APCC brings together world-renowned speakers under the theme of Gearing Up – rethinking our communities for the future.
The Congress runs from October 17 to 20. More on the APCC website here.
10 tips for cycling advocacy from VéloCity cycling conference (you won’t believe no. 8!)
See the CAN web story here.
Bicycles were once blamed for making riders — especially women — crazy: Quartz online magazine
Dunedin: Almost five years since the crash that took Chris He's life, and after countless hours of advocacy by Robert, Jon and others at Spokes Dunedin, the SH1 separated cycleways are finally under construction: NZTA update
Trucking lobbyists call for more rail, congestion charging especially in Auckland: NZ Truck and Driver
Regular cycling for transport can halve stress: Cycling Industry News.
1.1km section of 19km Omokoroa to Tauranga cycleway opened last month: Minister’s press release
As covered in e.CAN 220: Undercover police target London drivers who pass too close to cyclists The Guardian.
A report on 'e-devices' has been released, presenting a review of overseas legislation, technology trends, market and safety analyses for low-powered vehicles. CAN's Alastair Smith contributed to this report, testing a variety of devices on the way: View ViaStrada PDF
Christchurch City Council providing education about sharrows: CCC website & video.
Cycle commuting is associated with a lower risk of Cardio-vascular disease, cancer, and all cause mortality: British Medical Journal.
Converting fixed driving costs to variable per-mile charges — and offering cash savings in lieu of parking that is often provided for free — encourages voluntary reduction of driving and related decreases in GHG emissions, traffic and parking congestion, crashes, and local pollution. Victoria Transport Policy Institute: Todd Litman.
A CAN volunteer's visit to see Barcelona's Superblocks, where traffic is limited within city blocks and kids play on the streets: CAN website
103-year old driver injures pedestrian, has careless driving charge struck out: Irish Times
More good Auckland news: First section of Waterview Shared Path opened: Path will connect Unitec, Mount Albert, Mt Albert, NorthWestern Cycleway: Minister's press release
27% of Kiwi cyclists own bikes worth more than their car: Taupo Lakes Challenge website
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The views expressed in Chainlinks are not necessarily those of CAN.