• Defensive cycling: Looking left

    Defensive cycling: Looking left1

    • 7 December 2014

    I’ve been cycling around many different place in New Zealand for quite a few decades now and over time I’ve become aware that there are things that cyclists can do to make themselves safer on the road.  So I thought I’d start a wee series on cycling defensively.   There are already posts on this website

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  • Christchurch Home of NZ Cycling Champion

    Christchurch Home of NZ Cycling Champion1

    • 19 November 2014

    Guest blog by Axel Wilke Glen Koorey – Cycle Champion The national Cycle Friendly Awards were first held in 2003, and since 2007, the category “Cycling Champion of the Year” has been awarded. In 2014, Dr Glen Koorey of Christchurch was the recipient of the Cycling Champion category. Glen’s passion is helping achieve a more

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  • Bikes and buses – starting to think about multimodalism

    Bikes and buses – starting to think about multimodalism4

    • 12 October 2014

    Great cities allow people to get around them in many different ways and to mix and match transport forms.  Christchurch already has some facilities that allow mixing and matching to happen, so I thought I’d reflect on this for a post or two – particularly with reference to the ways in which I see people

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  • Accessibility – transport at its best

    Accessibility – transport at its best1

    • 1 October 2014

    I was visiting a friend’s in Christchurch and we needed to go to the supermarket. This short trip provided the opportunity for a walk for us and for the dogs. We set off across a park, onto an informal track which took us through a gap in the fence and across a railway line. Then

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  • Top Tips for Starting Bike Commuting

    Top Tips for Starting Bike Commuting4

    • 11 September 2014

    Spring has finally made its return (well, officially at least), and for many that might mean thinking about starting (or returning to) biking to work, study, etc. We’ve posted various things over the years about cycle commuting and I thought it might be useful to collate here some quick top tips for getting the most

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  • Summit Road Opportunity

    Summit Road Opportunity12

    • 9 July 2014

    What about making the Summit road a road for cyclists and pedestrians (and people with walking frames and wheelchairs) only?  The road between Rapaki and the Bridle Path reopened to foot and bicycle access only last week.  A trip up there at the weekend got me thinking that perhaps it would be more valuable to

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  • The Pleasure of A Sunday Cycle on Colombo

    The Pleasure of A Sunday Cycle on Colombo1

    • 4 May 2014

    Cycle Colombo Street – A fun ride activity for Christchurch. A casual ride for anyone who wishes to ride a bicycle of any description. Any time from 9-5 on Sunday 18 May. Let’s celebrate cycling culture and the ease of cycling for transport by riding a bike on our iconic Colombo Street, anywhere from Edgeware, through

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  • State Highway 1 4-Laning and why what people need does not matter

    State Highway 1 4-Laning and why what people need does not matter3

    • 13 April 2014

    On Friday 11 April there was a Resource Management Act mandated hearing on SH 1 4-laning out by the airport. This is a legal process and has a set format. The independent Commissioner made the process accessible to even non-professionals. He was focused, asked pertinent questions, made non-professionals feel welcome and encouraged them to participate.

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  • Christchurch Council’s Commitment to Cycling fails the ‘Sniff Test’

    Christchurch Council’s Commitment to Cycling fails the ‘Sniff Test’0

    • 13 April 2014

    Another recent example of government failing us has been much in the news lately with a tragic death illustrating why inadequate cycling infrastructure and the entrenched culture of motor vehicle focused law and bureaucracy must not be allowed to continue. Christchurch’s major cycleways projects were originally to be delivered in three years, then five, now

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  • Guest Post: The Road Less Travelled

    Guest Post: The Road Less Travelled1

    • 26 March 2014

    Here’s another interesting contribution from regular guest poster Robert: This piece starts with a disclaimer. It will probably be of no use to any readers of this blog. With the assumption that those who read this site are already accomplished travellers on bicycles, reading about the route that one person (me) takes to get somewhere

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  • Bicycling in the ‘Hood: Do-able or Dangerous?

    Bicycling in the ‘Hood: Do-able or Dangerous?2

    • 28 February 2014

    Here’s another guest post from regular contributor Robert: The anticipation and high expectation of better things for the everyday cycle-person in post-quake Christchurch is palpable right now. Rightly so – news of the 13 cycleways to be developed soon is frequently reported in the media and via PR releases. . Naming the routes will perhaps

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  • New Kayak Towing System

    New Kayak Towing System1

    • 30 January 2014

    I have been towing kayaks for years now by strapping the nose of the kayak onto a bit of wood extending from the pannier rack. It has worked ok, but the kayak still jiggles annoyingly particularly with heavier kayaks. Now I have developed a sufficiently rigid towbar that attaches easily to the bike using my

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