• How dangerous is cycling in New Zealand?

    How dangerous is cycling in New Zealand?0

    • 15 March 2017

    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:

  • New cycling research causes a flurry

    New cycling research causes a flurry7

    • 23 February 2017

    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

  • Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes

    Guest Post: On-road cycle lanes2

    • 18 February 2017

    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

  • Cycling postcards from Tauranga

    Cycling postcards from Tauranga2

    • 27 November 2016

    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

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

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

    • 27 October 2016

    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

  • Shouldering the burden

    Shouldering the burden6

    • 16 August 2016

    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

  • Cycling Road Rules getting a shake-up

    Cycling Road Rules getting a shake-up18

    • 26 July 2016

    Many of the current road transport regulations in place in New Zealand were drafted really only with motor vehicles in mind; trying to apply them to cycles as well doesn’t always make sense. New developments in cycling network design also require changes to be made to the existing legislation to reflect their usage (e.g. did

  • What has Cycling ever done for Walking?

    What has Cycling ever done for Walking?3

    • 16 July 2016

    For fans of Monty Python, there’s a classic scene in the movie The Life of Brian where the People’s Front of Judea (or is it the Judean People’s Front…) bemoan the occupation of their homeland by the Romans and ponder how their lives have been affected by this. A few years ago, Carlton Reid cleverly

  • Have mercy on me, a Health & Safety sinner

    Have mercy on me, a Health & Safety sinner14

    • 17 June 2016

    I was made to feel like an irresponsible criminal yesterday. My crime? I wanted to carry 3 lengths of stainless steel home on my bike for my latest bike trailer project. It was around 10kg worth of material in 3m long lengths that I planned to strap to the top bar of my bike, a

  • What are your current Chch cycle safety concerns?

    What are your current Chch cycle safety concerns?19

    • 26 April 2016

    I’ve been involved in a few recent discussions with the City Council about current cycle safety issues in the city; it is of course an ongoing issue in the city. To help inform me, I thought I’d have a look at some recent crash data, and I figured that many readers might also be interested

  • Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening

    Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening4

    • 30 December 2015

    Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year. As we head into 2016, it is time once again to reflect on what has been happening cycling-wise here in Christchurch over the past year. And what a year it has been… As we started 2015, our thoughts on the coming year suggested a promising year for cycleway

  • Mythbusting: What a Safe Passing Rule Means

    Mythbusting: What a Safe Passing Rule Means2

    • 13 November 2015

    Since the Cycle Safety Panel report came out, there has been a lot of attention focused on one particular recommendation in it – introducing a mandatory minimum lateral clearance distance when passing someone riding a bike. As is often the case when these things hit the media, a frenzy of hysteria and misunderstanding gets whipped



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