• The GPS: Govt Pro-roads Statement on transport

    The GPS: Govt Pro-roads Statement on transport0

    If you’ve ever wondered why it is that cycling only seems to get a pittance of the funding that roading does, it’s largely down to an innocuously named document called the GPS. No, it’s not about determining your location by satellite, the “Government Policy Statement on Land Transport” sets the plan for transport spending by

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  • Have your say on allowing Footpath Cycling

    Have your say on allowing Footpath Cycling7

    You might recall earlier this year that Lower Hutt mother Jo Clendon was petitioning Government to make it legal for kids to ride their bikes on the footpath. As mentioned previously, currently it is illegal for anyone to ride on an ordinary footpath, unless they have a small child’s bike or are delivering material. Jo’s

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  • How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?

    How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?0

    Compared to the frenetic attention being paid in places like Auckland and Wellington, it may almost have escaped your notice that local government elections are currently underway in Christchurch as well, both at the City Council and Regional Council (not to forget the District Health Board either). Most of you should have received your voting

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  • What has Cycling ever done for Walking?

    What has Cycling ever done for Walking?3

    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

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  • Cycling Postcards from Australia

    Cycling Postcards from Australia7

    Last week I returned from a 10-day family holiday to the east coast of Australia, travelling around between Brisbane and Sydney. Being on holiday (and doing most of the driving), I didn’t take too many cycling-related pictures (see a few below), but nevertheless I was able to get another useful look at how Australian towns

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  • Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening

    Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening4

    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

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  • Mythbusting: What a Safe Passing Rule Means

    Mythbusting: What a Safe Passing Rule Means2

    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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  • Cycling Developments in Selwyn District

    Cycling Developments in Selwyn District4

    It’s not just Christchurch City that has seen exciting new cycling developments in the region. Nearest neighbours Selwyn District have also been investing in new cycling facilities. As part of the Govt’s Urban Cycleways “quick start” projects, a new off-road pathway connecting Rolleston and Lincoln was approved last December, at a cost of $850,000. Last

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  • Transport Minister launches Uni-Cycle Matai St section

    Transport Minister launches Uni-Cycle Matai St section0

    It might be not quite complete yet, but Transport Minister Simon Bridges rolled into town on Friday to help celebrate the opening of the first section of Christchurch’s Major Cycleway Programme, along Matai St East. This section was one of the “quick start” works of the national Urban Cycleways Programme, two-thirds funded by the Government.

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  • Money galore for cycleways

    Money galore for cycleways1

    It probably felt like Christmas this week for many people who cycle in New Zealand (although they may have been surprised who Father Christmas was…). On Thursday, the Government announced the remaining allocation of projects for the $100 million Urban Cycleways Fund, and there were plenty of cities celebrating their success in receiving some of

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  • A successful “CAN Do” Weekend

    A successful “CAN Do” Weekend4

    As another weekend comes to an end, for about 30 people it’s also the end of another rewarding “CAN Do” National Cycling Summit here in Christchurch. Based at the new Whareora building at CPIT, the delegates were treated to a wide variety of speakers and ideas presented. The programme for the weekend kicked off with

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  • Highlights from #2walkandcycle Conference Nelson

    Highlights from #2walkandcycle Conference Nelson2

    Well I’m a few days back from Nelson, where an action-packed 2WALKandCYCLE Conference kept ~190 delegates engaged for three days last week. The term “action packed” might not sound right in the same sentence as “conference”, but it seems an apt description for an event that featured walking and cycling tours, interactive learnshops and poster

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