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Happy 10 th Birthday CAN

ISSN THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CYCLING ADVOCATES NETWORK (NZ) ISSUE Happy 10 th Birthday CAN Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) PO Box 6491,Wellesley St,
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ISSN THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CYCLING ADVOCATES NETWORK (NZ) ISSUE Happy 10 th Birthday CAN Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) PO Box 6491,Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand (newsletter) Tel/Fax: WWW: The views expressed in ChainLinks are not necessarily those of CAN. EDITORIAL Welcome to the 10 th birthday edition of ChainLinks. I attended the first day of CAN Do in Wellington. Wellington displayed fabulous weather on Saturday it reminded me why I live in sunny Christchurch. I was very impressed by the people who arrived by bike in THAT weather. The atmosphere among the attendees was great even for a not-that-serious cyclist. I found it a mixture of fun and learning. The presentations and discussions covered all sorts of stuff. See page 19 for more details. Fiona Whero and Simon Kennett and others did a great job organising it. I also learnt that it is quite scary to be on a triple tandem. And no way am I going on a penny farthing but I am saving up for a folding bike to go touring overseas with. Please send feedback on the new look and layout of ChainLinks. All content and letters to editor welcomed. (They were omitted from this edition due to space.) Also, any suggestions for potential advertisers and sponsors would be appreciated. Jean Dorrell, ChainLinks Editor ChainLinks Editor Required Due to other commitments, I am standing down as editor. We are looking for an editor and anyone else willing to assist with producing ChainLinks. Please contact or call Robert Ibell on Little River Rail Trail - Photo courtesy of bmphotos.com 2 In This Issue Editorial...2 Need more space?...3 CAN at 10 - a Birthday Retrospective...4 Events for Back Pedalling...9 BikeNZ Update...9 Bike Wise Gets More People Cycling More Often...10 New Groups...10 Bike Wise Battle e-advocacy...11 Cycling to Work Threatened by Extinction...12 Bike Culture...13 SPARC Cycle-Friendly Award Winners Announced...15 Road Safety Co-ordinators move into promoting sustainable transport...18 From the Kapiti Coast...19 Taupo Ride best in World...20 CAN Do Attracts Record Numbers...21 Hike it Bike it Like it...22 Meet the 2007 Exec Part Getting There on foot, by cycle...24 Toast is Fuel International Car-Free Day in Nelson...24 Political compromises once burned, twice shy...27 Nelson Ecofest, 12 th & 13 th August People Power Getting Around On The Bike...29 On Ya Bike ; the Extension Project...29 Aucklanders encouraged to get on their bikes...30 CAN Job Vacancy - Fundraising Co-ordinator...31 Local Groups...31 CAN Roles Supporting Organisations...33 Retro Tested GT Backwoods...34 NEED MORE SPACE? Never fear - the Spacemaker is here, helping you set your boundaries on the road, discouraging other road users from getting too close. The Spacemaker s bright orange plastic arm juts out 30 cm from the side of your bike, comes equipped with big round reflectors (white to the front, red to the rear) and hinges to fold when parked. Complete with brackets for mounting to your seat-stay or rear rack. Price $25, or $15 for CAN members. To order, send a cheque to CAN, PO Box 6491, Auckland with your address and contact or phone. Or deposit funds to our bank account (Kiwibank ) and your order (and payment details) to Claim your space! 3 CAN AT 10 - A BIRTHDAY RETROSPECTIVE CAN turned 10 years old around the time of the CAN Do in mid-november. There was plenty to celebrate: our first ten years have been busy, with the odd flop but many successes. In this issue of ChainLinks we look back at some of the highlights of CAN's first decade. Early Days CAN was not the first national cycling advocacy group in New Zealand. In the 70s and 80s there was Southern Cyclist. This was followed by an organisation called BANZ. In the early 1990s two local advocacy groups, Cycle Action Auckland and Cycle Aware Wellington, began lobbying central government. CAA briefly set up a body called Cycle Action NZ. In mid 1996 a group of local advocates and others begin working on a new national network. A discussion paper was sent on 12 November The responses from this group, many of whom are still active advocates today, got things rolling. Robert Hynson Peter Southart Helen Rance Bruce O'Halloran Kurt Brehmer Paul Ryan Tim Fletcher Liz Mikkelsen David Whittam Simon Kennett Mike Ward Sally Stevens Eddie Day Jonathan Kennett Simon Upton Patrick Morgan Margaret Parfitt Robert Ibell Peter Bugler Jane Dawson Guy Wynn-Williams John Gregory Roger Boulter Steve van Dorsser Stephen Knight It was decided to name new body the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN). A logo and membership form were designed by Carol Oddy, daughter of long-time advocate and Pedaltours owner Richard Oddy. In the ten years since then, CAN has done plenty... A Growth Spurt Building on the experiences of established local groups in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch, CAN has helped get new advocacy groups going in Palmerston North, Tauranga, Kapiti Coast, Dunedin, Nelson, Whangarei, Wanganui, Timaru and New Plymouth. ChainLinks, CAN's bi-monthly magazine was first issued in July It has turned into a widely read and respected source of cycling-related information. CAN has established a frequently visited website and regular e.can electronic newsletters which provide invaluable information and resources. National Focus CAN has put a lot of effort into building relationships with government agencies and other bodies at a national level. Our intention has been to get these other organisations to align their policies with ours (and with each other!) so they support cycling. 4 For example, we made a crucial contribution to the establishment of Getting There , NZ s first national walking & cycling strategy, and helped shape the implementation process for the strategy. CAN successfully lobbied for the establishment of Transfund s Cycling Advisory Group. This has have now been replaced by the Getting There national committee and working groups. We helped secure the future of and increased funding for Bike Wise, and influenced its direction through participating in the Cycle Steering Committee. CAN successfully lobbied for the consideration of health benefits in the funding of cycling projects. We also lobbied for the establishment of the Transfund (now Land Transport NZ) dedicated walking and cycling fund Other Key Projects Over our ten years, we have made a major contribution to the establishment and ongoing success of the NZ Cycling Conference series. We developed the Cycle Friendly Employer guide under contract to SPARC. You can get copies of this from the CAN offices or from the SPARC website ( Tired of virtual meetings, we established yearly CAN members' workshops (the 'CAN Do') and Exec get-togethers. In cycling conference years the Do is a one-day affair, but it becomes a mini-conference in the in-between years, giving members great opportunities for networking, learning and sharing experiences. We have set up CAN_Legal and CAN_Tech e-groups that have contributed to the LTNZ legal review, provided legal and technical advice to members, and held discussions on legal and technical issues such as cycle lighting, legal liability and 'undertaking'. CAN lobbied successfully for and contributed to the New Zealand Supplement to Austroads 14, the main technical manual for constructing cycle facilities used in this country. The supplement is available as a download from the Transit NZ website ( We produced resources for use at a local level, such as a media pack, 50 Ways to Please Your Cyclists, and What Councils can do to encourage cycling. These are available from the CAN website. CAN ensured that advocacy and everyday cycling were built in to the structure of Bike NZ and joined BikeNZ as a member organisation. Since then we have provided ongoing support for their Advocacy Manager. CAN is represented on the BikeNZ board. We have achieved respect for high quality submissions on a wide range of legislation, rules, strategies and policies, including: 5 Land Transport Management Act Transport sector restructuring Older Driver Licensing Review Urban Design Protocol Road User & Traffic Control Devices rules Heavy Vehicles Obesity/Type II diabetes select committee CAN has helped achieve cycling representation on key bodies, including the National Road Safety Advisory Group and Land Transport NZ Research Reference Group. We've successfully marketed high-visibility 'One Less Car' pack covers, CAN T-shirts and spacemaker flags. These can be ordered via our website (good discounts for members). We set up the CAN library, which now contains over 1,000 publications. These are used regularly by members, students and transport professionals. The library is held in CAN's Wellington office. Drop in and browse next time you're in Wellington! CAN has held meetings with key Ministers and senior officials in key Government agencies, including Ministry of Transport, Land Transport NZ, Transit NZ, SPARC, EECA, Ministry for the Environment and NZ Police. We've attended and delivered papers and presentations at many national and international conferences, including TRAFINZ, Sustainable Land Transport, AA Driver Education Foundation. In the last year CAN has embarked on a Networking Project funded by Land Transport NZ. This has enabled CAN to hire two employees and open offices. Simon Kennett is our Wellington-based Project Co-ordinator and Fiona Whero our part-time Christchurch-based Project Officer. In the Regions As well as all the work done by members at a national level, CAN's local groups have also been very busy, writing submissions, meeting local politicians and council staff, recruiting members, organising events, and many other activities. Check out the pictures on the next few pages for some great examples of what has been happening. 6 And the Future of CAN? In the next issue of ChainLinks we'll look at some of the projects we're embarking on and some new directions for 2007 and beyond. Robert Ibell, Chairperson, CAN Let them eat toast! Cycle Aware Wellington member Patrick Morgan hands out breakfast as part of a national Toast is Fuel promotion. Five star breakfast treatment in a Cycle Aware Wellington pre-go By Bike Day media event, funded by the Bike Wise Community Partnership Programme 7 Bike!Whangarei calms traffic.] Bike Taupo s biggest working bee - the Tunnel cleanout in July The Tunnel is under SH1, linking the Huka Falls tracks with the Craters of the Moon track system 8 EVENTS FOR /16 Jan Thinking on Two Wheels, International Cycling Conf, Adelaide, Sth Aust. 19 Feb Bike Wise Business Battle begins 24 Feb 4 Mar Bike Wise Week 28 Feb Go by Bike Day 10 Mar World Naked Bike Ride 25 Mar Bike the Bays, Auckland 22 Sept World Car-Free Day 2/3 Nov New Zealand Cycling Conference 4 Nov CAN Do & AGM 24 Nov Round Taupo Cycle Challenge BACK PEDALLING A look at what was topical in ChainLinks from years gone by. The very first ChainLinks was published in July It was a single A4 sheet of paper (double sided) compiled by Robert Ibell. The lead article was a promo for New Zealand's first 'Cycling Symposium' to be held in Hamilton in October That event proved to be a great success and inspired the biennial NZ Cycling Conference. Then there was a list of things cyclists want, recycled from a 1979 publication. The list included: smooth surfaces, protection from crosswinds, cyclists separated from traffic which is incompatible by reason of size or speed, and Cyclists are at all times free from fear of molestation from man or machine or animal. Finally, there was a report of the draft 'Auckland City's Cycle and Walking Strategy' which featured a 20-year plan for a strategic cycle network. Nine years later, we wonder how that is progressing? Simon Kennett BIKENZ UPDATE BikeNZ was formed in 2003 to act as an umbrella body providing professional services to its member organisations; Cycling Advocates Network (CAN), Mountain Bike NZ, Cycling NZ, BMX NZ, NZ Schools Cycling and NZ Masters Cycling. Bringing together competitive, recreational and day to day cycling, BikeNZ aims to create A Nation Embracing Cycling . Specific areas of business include advocacy, events, junior development, high performance, coaching and officials development as well as membership and licensing services. BikeNZ employs an Advocacy Manager to work with CAN in lobbying and working with central government and local authorities to reach BikeNZ's primary goal of increasing the number of New Zealanders choosing cycling as their primary form of day-to-day transport. Until May 2006, the BikeNZ Advocacy Manager was Stephen Knight, however Stephen resigned so he could complete his studies. Despite an extensive search the position remains open although it is expected an appointment will be made soon. For more information, check out 'Latest News' at 9 BIKE WISE GETS MORE PEOPLE CYCLING MORE OFTEN Thank you to all who continue to contribute to the success of the Bike Wise programme. Together we got 94,000 people on bikes during bike wise week This year we are rolling along. To date we have over 350 events registered for Bike Wise Week These include 28 Official Go By Bike Days and 20 Mayoral Challenge events. Check out the revamped Bike Wise website If you want to register as an event organiser then please note that we are only funded to support a limited number of events so get in quick. As you read this, the Bike Wise merchandise stable is being expanded, including new stretch T-shirts for men and women. Order on-line at: Thanks again to CAN for selecting the 2006 Mayoral Challenge as the winner in the Best Cycling Promotion category at the recent CAN Awards. This type of recognition means a lot to us. Merry Christmas from the Bike Wise team! NEW GROUPS CAN's newest affiliated group is the 'The Squeaky Wheel a voice for South Canterbury cyclists'. They are an energetic Timaru-based group CAN also welcomes five new supporting organisations: 21 st Century Transport (the brainchild of Auckland's Donna Wynd), the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club (fresh from its success hosting the 2006 World Champs), North Taranaki Cycling Advocates (formed in New Plymouth with the blessing of the local council), Harbour Cycle Network (the instigators of a cycle path around Dunedin's harbour) and Vorb (the hugely successful cycling website). In Blenheim, the 'Bike/Walk Marlborough' user group has recently been formed and we hope to team up with them by the time this issue goes to print. And, we've just heard rumour of a new bicycle user group in Rolleston (BUG-R). On the 8 th November 'Cycle Tour Operators New Zealand' held their inaugural meeting in Christchurch. Twelve cycle tour companies attended. The main concerns of CTONZ are safety and quality standards. They will, initially, be lobbying for better road conditions, bus protocol and emergency communications on the remote West Coast, South Island. Simon Kennett 10 BIKE WISE BATTLE 2007 Parking at the World Mountain Bike Champs in Rotorua The Bike Wise Business Battle is a fun, free, inter-business challenge that encourages more people to give biking a go. Organisations compete to see who can get the highest percentage of staff on a bike. More details are available at If you are keen to get more people biking in your region then encouraging people to sign up their organisations in the Business Battle is a great way to achieve this. Bike Wise can send you some fliers that you can pass on to other people who may be keen to have some fun at work while creating a happier, healthier workplace. Contact Thomas at to be sent more information and some fliers. E-ADVOCACY Internet use in New Zealand is fast approaching saturation and the 'e-government' strategy is likely to see opportunities for consultation on most new transport policies provided on-line by In line with this, CAN plans to re-vamp its own to create a vibrant on-line community next year. In the meantime, here are some of the best web sites of interest to Kiwi cyclists: A wonderfully comprehensive site from CAW's Elliott Young New Zealand's most popular cycling website, and the place to join CAN on-line Land Transport's cycling info and a bunch of useful links The site for cycling's national body 11 An oldie, but a goodie. Has an advocacy and a touring forum. The brand new website for Bike Wise A handy navigational tool One for the helmet refuseniks Love 'em or loath 'em, this is their site A handy resource for DIY bike mechanics All about human powered vehicles in NZ Numerous links to bike review sites and, of course, Simon Kennett CYCLING TO WORK THREATENED BY EXTINCTION 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, lower costs to the health system, and better quality of life in the long run. They also encourage others. But many cyclists are afraid to cycle to work, says Ibell. A recent study shows that congestion costs the country about $1 billion a year, and pollution costs about the same again. That s about $2,000 for every commuter car, aside from its annual running costs. Meanwhile, the National Land Transport Programme s budget for cycling and walking combined is about 1% of its total. The Ministry of Transport has recently published a national strategy to help encourage safe and enjoyable cycling. Called Getting there on foot, by cycle, the strategy encourages cars and cycles to share the road for the enjoyment and benefit of both. But funding for implementing this strategy is just scratching the surface, says Ibell. Funding needs to be consistent with the benefits cycling delivers in transport, health and workplace productivity as well. Cities such as Nelson have recognised this and have experienced growth in everyday cycling in recent years. While leisure cycling is booming, everyday cycling is nearing extinction. Central government needs to support cycling much more strongly as a solution to pressing problems such as obesity, 12 climate change, pollution and traffic congestion. It needs to move on from talking to making some real changes. CAN welcomes the initiatives proposed in the Getting there implementation plan. These include developing model communities, creating long distance cycling routes, and education of motorists and cyclists. But without a big increase in funding for cycling projects we won't be able to reverse the decline in everyday cycling. said Mr. Ibell. Thousands of people are getting on their bikes for fitness and enjoyment, says Ibell. Most cyclists are also car drivers, so they just want to enjoy sharing the road in safety. Leisure cycling is among the top ten leisure activities in NZ. About 15% of adults enjoy cycling every year that s about 411,000 active cyclists. About 1 million cycles have been imported to New Zealand since 2001, about one cycle for every four people. The 2006 Wattyl Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge saw 11,000 people of all ages take part, a record number of cyclists for the event. Media Release, CAN, 8 December 2006 BIKE CULTURE Culture n 1.the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases for social action. Normally, when one thinks of 'bike culture', it is a sub-culture that springs to mind some fringe group with its own mores and quirky language that separate it from the mainstream. Mountain bikers tackling drop-offs on their 'fullies'; road racers with shaved legs sipping potions from 'bidons'; cycling advocates donning 'one less car' pack covers before batt
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