More people cycling every day
Spokes Canterbury is a cycling advocacy group, based in Christchurch. It is dedicated to including cycling as an everyday form of transport within local and regional planning in Canterbury, and in particular the Greater Christchurch area. It was established in 1998, as a successor to the former Canterbury Cyclists' Association.
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Mission: Promote the bicycle for everyday transportation.
Vision: By 2020, Christchurch will be considered one of the top 5 cycle cities in the world.
- Establish a comprehensive, connected, community-centred cycle network.
- Encourage increased use of bicycles in Christchurch
Spokes is affiliated with the national Cycling Advocates Network (www.can.org.nz) and includes a number of CAN's executive members.
Membership of Spokes is currently free; if you wish to financially support cycling provision both in Canterbury and New Zealand:
- Join the Cycling Advocates' Network - see www.can.org.nz/join/ - A portion of CAN subscriptions from local members comes back to Spokes to help us carry out activities locally.
- Click on the Donate Now button and make a donation.
We run on volunteers' time and Weetbix, working hard to make cycling safe for everyone. Funding helps us buy stationery, attend workshops and fora that charge fees, subsidise volunteer travel to conferences etc.
Expertise & Influence
Spokes' many longstanding advocates include transportation professionals and (most importantly) regular cyclists. Spokes provides regular feedback from a cyclist's perspective on various transportation and planning issues from local Councils and other agencies.
Spokes has representatives on Christchurch City Council's Road Safety Committee, Central City Transport Working Group, and Environment Canterbury's Regional Land Transport Committee and Public Transport Advisory Group.
Membership & Representation
As well as our direct membership of well over 1000 members, Spokes indirectly represent over 15,000 people within the Greater Christchurch area who typically use cycling for transport every day (to work, education, shopping, etc), an estimated 100,000 residents who regularly cycle for recreation, and of course the many people who would like to cycle but feel forced not to because of the existing environment in Greater Christchurch.
To stay informed, we suggest that you consider the following:
- Subscribe to our free monthly newsletter, containing the latest news of what's happening in the cycling world both locally and beyond. To subscribe, enter your e-mail address in the box on the top left of the page and hit <submit>
- Join our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SpokesCanterbury
How you can help and contribute:
- Come to our Facebook page and start getting involved in discussions. From there you'll find out where you can best contribute your energy to advocate for cyclists in Canterbury.
- If you are prepared to (at least occasionally) come to monthly meetings and want to be an active member, please see Spokes Core to find out more about this group.
We hope you find our website useful and we encourage you also to sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter, containing the latest news of what's happening in the cycling world both locally and beyond.