• Perceived Danger or Actual Danger?

    Perceived Danger or Actual Danger?10

    • 16 May 2014

    Following last month’s tragic cycling incident in Hillmorton, yesterday’s Press reports (on the front page no less) that the victim’s father is now too scared to ride himself. It’s perhaps an understandable reaction, although I wonder whether the real issue is the perceived safety of cycling rather than the actual safety. The morning after the

  • CAN Cycle Friendly Awards 2014 – Nominations Now Open

    CAN Cycle Friendly Awards 2014 – Nominations Now Open0

    • 11 May 2014

    While it can be depressingly easy to blow raspberries at various agencies when it comes to cycling, it’s nice to also acknowledge the good stuff that is progressively happening around the place. That was the thinking behind the creation of the Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) Cycle-Friendly Awards about a decade ago, and since then they’ve

  • Guest Post: We Share the Road?

    Guest Post: We Share the Road?14

    • 6 May 2014

    Here’s a guest post from reader Dan Hanson: We Share the Road: A road safety campaign from CCC and NZTA I found myself doing a double take at the Springs Road/Main South Road intersection last week, at this perplexing billboard: The image caught me off guard, as I couldn’t imagine why a cyclist so close

  • A little plug for Spokes Canterbury

    A little plug for Spokes Canterbury0

    • 14 April 2014

    The recent local media coverage has been fairly comprehensive in discussing first the planned delays to completing the Major Cycleway network and then reaction to the tragic cycle death a couple of weeks ago. Through it all, you might have seen comment from Spokes Canterbury Chair Keith Turner, and I thought it was timely to

  • Bike Wise Month – Do We Care in Chch?

    Bike Wise Month – Do We Care in Chch?2

    • 5 February 2014

    February has rolled into view and that means around NZ it’s time for the annual Bike Wise Month, where there is a range of activities all over the country celebrating getting on your bike (or trying it out).  And next Wednesday 12th it’s actually “Go By Bike Day”, where there is a focused effort on

  • See the Person – Share the Road

    See the Person – Share the Road7

    • 19 January 2014

    In amongst the feeding frenzy regarding cycle safety last week, the NZ Transport Agency released a new advertising campaign encouraging motorists to better share the road with people cycling. The campaign is designed “to personalise and humanise people cycling so that motorists see them as real people who have a right to share the road

  • Cycling Safety and the Media

    Cycling Safety and the Media11

    • 17 January 2014

    So, like most people I’ve tried to spend the last few weeks enjoying summer and thinking of nice things like going for fun bike rides. But the good ol’ media, bless them, never sleep in their quest to remind us that cycling is actually a terribly dangerous thing (and those who do it are just

  • Will our new Council be Cycle-Friendly?

    Will our new Council be Cycle-Friendly?0

    • 25 October 2013

    The dust has settled, the results have been confirmed, and we have a shiny new City Council. I’ve been swamped with work at the moment (not to mention shifting house too) but, before it becomes completely old news, we probably should have a quick pause to reflect on what our newly electeds might mean for

  • Velo-City Global Cycling Conference is coming to Adelaide 2014

    Velo-City Global Cycling Conference is coming to Adelaide 20143

    • 8 September 2013

    Psst, want to go to a world-class cycling conference right on your back door? In case you hadn’t heard, the Velo-City Global cycling conference series is coming to Adelaide in May 2014. Velo-City is something of an institution in cycling circles. Typically held over four days, it is an incredibly diverse celebration of everyday cycling

  • Curletts Road Abomination

    Curletts Road Abomination0

    • 29 August 2013

    This is a guest post from Helen Fitt who sat down to write a submission on the Curletts Road options and decided that none of them are acceptable and that we should be telling NZTA that this is the case! Find out more about the proposals at http://spokes.org.nz/article/curletts-road-improvements Why ALL the ‘Curletts Road improvement options’

  • Guest Post: The Great Cycle Safety Debate

    Guest Post: The Great Cycle Safety Debate0

    • 25 July 2013

    Here’s an interesting thinkpiece from occasional guest blogger Robert: How has it come to this? The recent publicity about cycle safety, highlighting cycle-related deaths and injuries is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, emphasising the problems that cyclists have on the roads could have the effect of moderating some vehicle behaviour when around a

  • Ciclovia volunteers needed

    Ciclovia volunteers needed4

    • 11 June 2013

    Ciclovia is happening in Christchurch on 14th July 10am-4pm where they close off central city streets to cars, then pedestrians, bikes, skateboards, scooters etc can cruise around & have lots of fun. Steven Muir is helping with some activities and needs around 30 volunteers to make fruit smoothies on the bike blender, bike around with



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