• How dangerous is cycling in New Zealand?

    How dangerous is cycling in New Zealand?0

    Auckland researchers Michael Chieng, Hakkan Lai and Alistair Woodward have compared the risk of cycling with other common activities and found it to be relatively safe, so ask the good question ‘why is it perceived to be so dangerous’? The full paper can be found here and another perspective from Otago Uni public health expert Kate Sloane here. Their abstract is:

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  • New cycling research causes a flurry

    New cycling research causes a flurry7

    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…). We previously alluded to these pieces of work being underway, and their findings have some interesting implications for cycling policy in New Zealand. {disclosure: I

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  • Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes

    Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes2

    Here’s a guest post from Darren who’s been thinking about his regular commute: There’s an ongoing debate around the world regarding delineation of modes: Separate different types and speeds of travellers (think: footpaths, separated cycleways, medians, rail corridors, with signal-controlled intersections where they intersect)  Mixing all travellers together (think: shared spaces, slow neighbourhood streets, Cashel

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  • Cycling postcards from Tauranga

    Cycling postcards from Tauranga2

    Last week I spent the week in Tauranga while attending the TRAFINZ Conference, focused around local authority transport. Staying on for the weekend, I was able to have a good look around the city (which I hadn’t visited in 15 years) and see how it was doing in terms of transport and particularly cycling. Tauranga

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  • Um, maybe your riding is just… a bit crap?

    Um, maybe your riding is just… a bit crap?0

    Many people who cycle often express concern about their safety when riding, and typically point the finger at some of those dodgy drivers out there. Given that official crash data suggests that at least 2/3 of cycle crashes are the fault of the other party, this is not surprising. But perhaps some riders at least

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  • Shouldering the burden

    Shouldering the burden6

    Around the outskirts of Christchurch, there are many “urban-fringe” roads that are popular both as recreational and commuting cycling routes. However, they are definitely not for the faint-hearted on a bike, because often they have some rather negligible shoulders provided for riding on. Coupled with higher speed limits, this introduces a worrying risk. In many

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