SPOKES CANTERBURY CYCLING NEWS - September '07

SPOKES CANTERBURY CYCLING NEWS - September '07

1. Elections Approaching!
2. SPARC Cycle-Friendly awards
3. Vacancy: Part-Time City Bike Tour Guide
4. Read e.CAN
5. Events
6. Gear Required
7. Progess with Bikes on Buses
8. Respondents Required
9. CAN/Spokes Digital Strategy Project - Can you help?
10. World Carfree Day
11. Recent Spokes Activities
12. In Memorium - Graham Condon

1. Elections Approaching!

With billboards and posters of politicians popping up everywhere like flowers in spring, our collective attention turns to the upcoming local body elections. After the cycleway moratorium we believe it is preferable to be pro-active. Not only to try reduce the chance of it happening again, but we need an enlightened and forward-looking council we can trust.

If time permits we hope to do an election special. So please send us (spokes_chch [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz) the name of any Spokes members you know who are candidates for the city council, community boards and ECAN. We need to know very soon.

So far two Spokes members standing for Council are Paul de Spa, Spreydon-Heathcote Ward and Chrissie Williams, Burwood-Pegasus Ward. Both are standing as part of Christchurch 2021 (www.2021.org.nz).

2. SPARC Cycle-Friendly awards

A reminder that nominations for the SPARC Cycle-Friendly Awards nominations are due by 14 September. Also, don't forget all those making nominations go into the draw to win a $150 Ground Effect gift voucher!

Devised by the Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN), the national organisation
promoting everyday cycling, and sponsored by Sport and Recreation New
Zealand (SPARC), the Cycle Friendly Awards are designed to acknowledge and
celebrate some of the most notable achievements in the country that are
helping to promote cycling and to create a cycle-friendly environment.

Nominations are being called for in five categories:

1. Avanti Award for Best Cycle Facility Project;
2. Land Transport NZ Award for Best Cycling Promotion;
3. Land Transport NZ Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Business;
4. ViaStrada Award for Cycle-Friendly Commitment by Public Organisation and
5. Roger Boulter Consulting Award for Cycling Champion of the Year

Projects need to have been undertaken or completed between January 2006 and
June 2007.

The Roger Boulter Consulting Award for Cycling Champion of the Year, a new
category for 2007, is designed to recognise the contribution made by
individual New Zealanders to the promotion of cycling.

The Awards co-ordinator, CAN's Gaz Sanvicens, said "Many Kiwis will know of an organisation, an individual or a project that's made a real difference for them as a cyclist. It's really simple to nominate them for a Cycle-Friendly Award - all the details are on the Awards website at http://www.can.org.nz/awards

The prize winners in each category will be announced at a ceremony at the NZ Cycling Conference in Napier on Thursday 1st November. The Minister of Transport, the Hon Annette King, will present the awards to the finalists. Winners will receive a uniquely designed "bicycle-bell" trophy, a
certificate, and a subscription to CAN.

Last year's Cycle-Friendly Award winners included the Christchurch Little River Trail, the BikeWise national family fun ride event, a company providing lockable bike sheds, showers, clothes lockers and drying racks, and Canterbury University cycle-friendly sustainable transport initiatives.

Nominations are due by Friday 14th September.

Email: awards%40can.org.nz or post to: CAN, SPARC
Cycle-Friendly Awards 2007 P.O. Box 6491, Auckland.

3. Vacancy: Part-Time City Bike Tour Guide

Christchurch City Bike Tours Ltd is looking for an enthusiastic "people" person who loves the outdoors and cycling. The role involves guiding tourists on the 2 hour city cycle tour at a leisurely pace. This is a very unique and fun job! Full training will be given.

Part time: 3-5 days a week, 3hrs per day, from November to March.
Please contact Steph & Ben if you are interested on
(021) 280 8022 or chchbiketours [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] nz
For further information go to www.chchbiketours.co.nz

4. Read e.CAN

e.CAN, the regular CAN email bulletin can be read by going to http://can.org.nz/ecan. Better still, we would urge you to join CAN (http://www.can.org.nz/join/) and have e.CAN sent to you, which will also enable Spokes to increase its funds from the levy within your CAN sub. Contents featured in e.CAN 151 are:


- Cycle Friendly Awards - get your nominations in now!
- Need to unsubscribe?
- Vote Bike!
- CAN Digital Strategy Project kicks off
- Trek announces major new advocacy effort
- Paris goes cycling mad
- Pedal power the way to go, says Melbourne study
- World Car Free Day 22 September
- More Britons taking cycle holidays
- Bike rental scheme for smog-free Beijing Olympics
- Weblinks

5. Events

  • The "4 Lakes" Road Race is 136km of fast, hard out riding on sealed private canal roads and state highway, with the awe inspiring background of aqua blue lakes, canals and the mighty Mt Cook. Event starts and finishes in Twizel and takes place every year at Labour Weekend (21 October, 2007). This event is for novice to elite road cyclists, catering for all ages, individuals and teams.For more information email info%40bloodygoodevents.co.nz or enter online at www.bloodygoodevents.co.nz.
  • The Source to Sea is an exciting new cycle event on the New Zealand calendar. It is perhaps the only 100 mile downhill cycle ride in the world that follows the natural journey of a river. From their beloved bicycles, riders can watch the Buller River grow from a small alpine stream into raging white water and then into a huge meandering flow before spreading out into the Tasman Sea. The one day cycle classic takes riders past three National Parks: Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi and the Paparoa which ensures the scenery is superb, every pedal stroke of the way. Visit www.sourcetosea.co.nz for more information.
  • In December every year the Armstrong Peugeot Festival Of Cycling sees more than 2000 riders taking on the feature 75 kilometre Harbour Ride. The route - from McCormack's Bay around the base of the Port Hills, over Gebbies Pass to the Lyttelton Harbour Bays before one final fling over Evans Pass and Sumner to finish back at McCormack's Bay. Visit www.festivalofcycling.co.nz for more details.

  • The NZ Cycling Conference is on Thursday/Friday 1-2 November in Napier(www.can.org.nz/events/conf2007/). The associated "Planning/Design for Cycling" training course is on Wed 31 Oct (www.viastrada.co.nz/fundamentals) and the "CAN Do" Advocates Workshop is on Saturday/Sunday (www.can.org.nz/workshop).
  • The first Spokes ride of the summer is going to be on Sunday 21 October (Labour Weekend). Route and refreshment details will be in the next newsletter.

6. Gear Required

Is there anybody who would like to sell or lend their copy of "Cycling Vietnam,Laos Cambodia" by Lonely Planet which is possibly now out of print? Please call Karey or Pam, 337-9397.

We've had a request from a member wanting to buy some second hand panniers for their commuting bike. Please contact Katie, katie_nimmo [at] hotmail [dot] com if you can help.

7. Progress with Bikes on Buses

After a decade of lobbying from Spokes, good intentions from Environment Canterbury, mostly lukewarm support from bus companies and (up until recently) bureaucratic obstruction from Land Transport New Zealand and its predecessor LTSA, we will soon see a regular cycle-carrying bus service between Lyttelton and Christchurch via the two-kilometre road tunnel. Finally, LTNZ have granted an exemption to rules around vehicle protrusions, for a six month trial of cycle racks (www.bicycleracks.com), during which ECan will gather information about usage and any issues that arise. The trial is scheduled to begin in September, and if there are no problems the racks should be given permanent approval, and hopefully become more widespread across the Metro system. Bus-bike racks are used successfully in many cities overseas as part of a multi-modal approach to urban transport. During the trial the racks will be fitted to six Leopard Coachlines buses, providing coverage of the 35 (Heathcote) route, which travels to and from Lyttelton via Eastgate Mall. Christchurch Bus Services’ two biodiesel buses will also be fitted with the bike racks – although these buses operate on a variety of routes so will be less easy to catch. ECan will supply Spokes with some info about the bikes-on-buses trial, which we will make available over the next month.

8. Respondents Required

Two Riccarton High School students require feedback on the planned changes to Riccarton Road for their Year 13 Geography research project on planning. Apparently the CCC are interested in the results from the girls' survey for which the deadline for feedback is 21 September. Send completed forms to Riccarton High School. A link to a pdf. version of this short survey is listed below.

Please take a minute of your time to fill out this survey for Emma-Jane Percy and Lexie Leigh.

9. CAN/Spokes Digital Strategy Project - Can you help?

The Digital Strategy is a project to advance digital communications in the network of cycling advocates groups. CAN has received a grant from the Department of Internal Affairs, and Spokes is a partner in this project.

The main project aims are:

1. To change the functionality of the CAN/Spokes websites to improve the quality and accessibility of information.

2. To introduce a site Content Management System to make publishing to the site easier with appropriate access controls.

3. To implement a Social Networking System on the site, to allow members to share personal info, knowledge, calendars etc easily and in a secure way.

4. Implement an online collaboration system to enable multi authoring of things like FAQ's, submissions and technical articles.

If you would like to get involved with the project, there will be several opportunities to do so. There will be training workshops to improve the web publishing skills of our members. There will also be a series of collaborative projects in which you can participate. For example: an image gallerie, a collection of maps, a suggestion box for local councils, and so on. We have a limited budget for assisting those involved, to fund such things as broadband internet access, travel expenses to workshops etc.

If you are an IT or web development specialist, we would like to invite you to participate right now, providing your input to our draft project plan. If you have experience with web development, copy writing for the web, or library management, there may be opportunities for you to provide services to the Digital Strategy Project and make some money while furthering a good cause.

If any of you would be interested in participating in this project in one of the ways described, please forward the following details to Steve van Dorsser at steve [at] groundeffect [dot] co [dot] nz :

Your Name

Your email address

Your phone numbers

Your skills and how you would like to be involved

10. World Carfree Day

World Carfree Day is on Saturday 22 September. Watch out for any local events that may be planned.

11. Recent Spokes Activities

  • Steve van Dorsser, Matthew Cutler-Welsh and Fiona Whero met Dave Stenhouse from LTNZ regarding final implementation of Bikes on Buses trial
  • Nigel Rushton, Alan Preston & Glen Koorey met with Transit NZ as part of a twice-yearly consultation process to discuss cycling provisions in current and future state highways. Topics included proposed upgrade of Lyttelton Tunnel interchange in Heathcote and proposals for the southern motorway and northern arterial link
  • Matthew Cutler-Welsh attended a meeting of the Active Transport Forum (for which minutes are available on the Spokes website)

12. Graham Condon - In Memorium

We were extremely saddened to hear of the tragic death of Councillor Graham Condon on the morning of Saturday 8 September. Graham had been very supportive of cycling initiatives in the city over the years and was likely to be re-elected this year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Safe Cycling

Matthew Cutler-Welsh

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Bikes on Buses trial info

Information about the six-month trial involving bike racks fitted to six Metro buses can be found at http://www.metroinfo.org.nz/bikeRacks_Main.html.

You can download a PDF of the brochure about how to use the racks. I also have a boxful of these brochures - email me if you'd like me to post you a few (p [dot] despa [at] paradise [dot] net [dot] nz)

Book Request

Is there anybody who would like to sell or lend their copy of "Cycling Vietnam,Laos Cambodia" by Lonely Planet. I believe it is now out of print. Please call Karey or Pam 337-9397.

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Paul's Comments:

Two members standing for Council
Paul de Spa, Spreydon-Heathcote ward
Chrissie Williams, Burwood-Pegasus ward

both standing as part of Christchurch 2021 (www.2021.org.nz)

Bikes on Buses – The Light at the End of the Tunnel!

After a decade of lobbying from Spokes, good intentions from Environment Canterbury, mostly lukewarm support from bus companies and (up until recently) bureaucratic obstruction from Land Transport New Zealand and its predecessor LTSA, we will soon see a regular cycle-carrying bus service between Lyttelton and Christchurch via the two-kilometre road tunnel.

Finally, LTNZ have granted an exemption to rules around vehicle protrusions, for a six month trial of cycle racks (see:www.bicycleracks.com), during which ECan will gather information about usage and any issues that arise. The trial is scheduled to begin in September, and if there are no problems the racks should be given permanent approval, and hopefully become more widespread across the Metro system. Bus-bike racks are used successfully in many cities overseas as part of a multi-modal approach to urban transport.

During the trial the racks will be fitted to six Leopard Coachlines buses, providing coverage of the 35 (Heathcote) route, which travels to and from Lyttelton via Eastgate Mall. Christchurch Bus Services’ two biodiesel buses will also be fitted with the bike racks – although these buses operate on a variety of routes so will be less easy to catch. ECan will supply Spokes with some info about the bikes-on-buses trial, which we will make available over the next month.

World Car Free Day

September 22nd

Panniers Wanted

We've had request from someone looking to buy some second hand panniers...

I don't need flash or new ones, (my current commuting bike cost $60 if you get my drift), and Trade Me only had one listing for panniers!  Out of the whole of NZ
 
There must be some SPOKES members who have some dusty old ones tucked away somewhere they would like to get rid of). :)

Please contact Katie: katie_nimmo [at] hotmail [dot] com if you can help

NEED TO UNSUBSCRIBE?

There's an interesting article in the latest e.CAN. Do we need something similar? Here goes:

In preparation for the new Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, taking effect from 5 September 2007, we're required to remind you that you have the option to unsubscribe from our email list.

If you are getting this email directly from CAN and you want to unsubscribe, just send an email to ecan [at] can [dot] org [dot] nz with 'Unsubscribe' in the subject.

If you are getting this email via the 'Friends of CAN' email list, or one of the Friends of our local groups lists, there will be an 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of this email to unsubscribe from that group.

If you want to keep getting e.CAN, you don't have to do anything.

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Axel Wilke
Spokes membership secretary

Newsletter: some comments

OK, I've added a few content items to the newsletter, but I actually have a few concerns about the process:

(1) even though it's a draft, this newsletter was publicly viewable by everyone! I have changed this (I think), so that you now have to be logged into spokes_core to see it.

(2) I'm a bit wary of sending out formatted email newsletters; different email readers do different things with it and we've seen some botch-ups of this nature in previous newsletters (e.g. on my machine at least, last month's was full of "?" where evidently it was trying to do things like long hyphens and curly quotes). Already this draft is showing HTML at its worst (was it cut'n'pasted from Word?) e.g.
- headings(h1) with "strong" tags? Kind of redundant
- special char #39 when a ' would work perfectly fine
- odd looking repeated hyperlinks
- separate unnumbered lists for each successive bullet point

Drupal's plaintext format with automatic URLs seems perfectly OK. Or can we do our newsletters using the wikitext format, to allow us bullets, headings, etc? (don't know what it will look like at the other end for the email reader though)

P.S: we also need to add whatever Spokes has been up to this month to the newsletter
P.P.S: are we at the stage where we should also be advertising our new website in our newsletter? Probably have to say something since it's publicly out there.

Glen Koorey

Spokes Core Member

Survey attachment

Hi guys,
Looking good. I've done a few edits. We can't and shouldn't send out an attachment with the newsletter, though. I propose that we stick that file somewhere onto our website and then include the URL in the body of the newsletter, replacing the note about the 'attachment below'.
Axel Wilke
Spokes membership secretary

It's ok as it is

It's not obvious, but the way that Simplenews currently handles attachments is
 that it simply appends the URL for the file in a list of attachments at the footer of the email. So th file stays on the server, but everyone gets a link to the file(s).

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