• Book Review: The Bike and Beyond

    Book Review: The Bike and Beyond1

    • 11 January 2017

    The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand by Laura Williamson (104pp., Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, RRP $14.99 e-book $4.99) I recently waded my way through David Byrne’s intriguing but dense travelogue Bicycle Diaries – it took me about six months to get through it; it just felt like hard work

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  • 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

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  • Guest Post: Hawkes Bay – Lovin’ the Network

    Guest Post: Hawkes Bay – Lovin’ the Network2

    • 5 September 2016

    Guest blogger Robert has been visiting Hawkes Bay… Sometimes during the debate “are cycleways a good thing for Christchurch” it is easy to point to the great cycling cities of Europe, such as Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Then to argue that, once the cycleway network is completed, all will be well and wonderful in the city

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  • Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up

    Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up2

    • 24 July 2016

    While I was in the North Island two weeks ago, I visited Rotorua to see what they have been up to lately. As guest blogger Robert observed last year, some interesting cycle facilities have been popping up there lately but he wasn’t sure whether it would be enough. For some time now, Rotorua has been

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  • Highlights from #2WALKandCYCLE Conference Auckland

    Highlights from #2WALKandCYCLE Conference Auckland3

    • 15 July 2016

    As mentioned recently, I attended the 2WALKand CYCLE Conference in Auckland last week. About 260 people took part and there were over 90 different presentations, which are now available on the website (some also have papers as well). If you missed keynote speaker Gil Penalosa, who also spoke in Christchurch last week, you can check

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  • Photo of the Day: Quay St Cycleway, Auckland

    Photo of the Day: Quay St Cycleway, Auckland0

    • 9 July 2016

    It’s been a while between posts; apologies for that. I’ve been up in Auckland attending the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference and my spare time seems to have been filled with either socialising or preparing presentations. More on the conference and a few other bits from Auckland soon, but for now here is a picture of Auckland’s latest

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  • Another look at Auckland: Shared Paths

    Another look at Auckland: Shared Paths2

    • 23 April 2016

    I talked a few weeks ago about the latest cycling developments up in the City of Sails, aka Auckland. One more issue that they are still grappling with, particularly as cycle numbers boom up there, is the heavy use of shared pathways for walking, cycling and any other “active travellers”. Many existing shared pathways were

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  • Has Auckland Cycling turned a corner?

    Has Auckland Cycling turned a corner?0

    • 13 March 2016

    So I spent half of last week up in Auckland attending the annual IPENZ Transportation Conference. As always, the conference itself was a great mix of technical and policy presentations, including some very interesting speakers talking about the possible ways that transport may dramatically change how we get around; be it self-driving vehicles, Uber-like call-up

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  • Photo of the Day: Auckland Pathways

    Photo of the Day: Auckland Pathways9

    • 9 March 2016

    If you’ve been wondering about the “radio silence” lately, it’s because I’ve been up in Auckland since Sunday attending the IPENZ Transportation Conference. Lots of interesting presentations that I can report on later, but I also took the opportunity to have a good look around the central city and see what they’ve been up to

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  • Where are your Favourite Places to Cycle?

    Where are your Favourite Places to Cycle?2

    • 5 January 2016

    It’s summer time and people are out enjoying the warmer weather in many ways (when the rain goes away…), including on their bikes. Maybe you’ve been able to try out some of the great places for cycling around Christchurch, or maybe you’ve headed away and tested out a few cycling routes elsewhere in the country?

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  • Cycling projects around Wellington

    Cycling projects around Wellington2

    • 9 December 2015

    It’s great to see so much happening around Christchurch on the cycling front, but we’re certainly not the only ones in NZ at present. The Urban Cycleways Programme is generating some great projects all over the country; for example, there was a lot of fanfare regarding the opening last week of the new bright pink

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  • Guest Post: Urban Cycling and Urban Planning. Friends or Foes?

    Guest Post: Urban Cycling and Urban Planning. Friends or Foes?0

    • 1 October 2015

    Our regular correspondent Robert reports to us from out of town… At the time that Lennyboy posted his final reflections on Europe, I was in Rotorua mainly to play tourist but also to ride part of the magnificent Te Ara Ahi, Thermal By Bike cycle trail. Re-reading the rather scathing picture about the CBD of

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