January 2012

January 2012

More People Cycling
                      More Often



Happy New Year from Spokes



What do you want from this e letter?

It is a new year and perhaps time for some changes. The Spokes e letter has been bringing you short bits we think may be of interest to cyclists, local cycling news, historical  pieces, cycle touring ideas and even the odd bit of satire. Is this what you want?

Some reader's have commented that they would be happy to receive more than one email per month if it were shorter and sent out to alert them to taking action on behalf of cycling. Things like submissions to plans or the need to let cyclists' voices be heard on a proposed roading project.

In the past we have tried to keep mailings down to once a month. Is this important to you?

Please let us know your thoughts by emailing newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz Some simply tickbox items could be:

more of the same    


Yes, alerts to take action    

Up to 1-3 times monthly



Bicycling Busking Bash?

Some of you may know that the Busker's festival in Hagley Park runs from 19-29 January. The cycle path through the park to Armagh Street will have chicanes up from 10 AM to midnight. The promoters will close the path entirely if they believe conditions warrant. So, please cycle safely. For more information check out this link which includes alternative routes. NB: the map seems to indicate that one cannot cycle directly through, this is incorrect. At this point CCC is simply offering some alternative routes. http://spokes.org.nz/article/update-regarding-buskers-festival-effects-on-hagley-park-cycle-path 



SH1 Western Corridor Cycling Survey

Thanks to the more than 200 people who took the time to provide some information about their cycling habits and preferences near the SH1 Western Corridor. We're now busy collating the results to pass on to NZTA; hopefully it should mean some better provision for cycling as part of the roading upgrade project. We'll endeavour to provide a summary of the key findings to you all next month.


Share an Idea Didn't Happen

CCC remains convinced that the best safety improvement for cycling is the elimination of cycle lanes. The draft Sydenham rebuild plan calls for Colombo Street to be a main route for cars and busses while offering on street parking and no cycle lanes. Apparently the congestion and masses of pedestrians will slow traffic down making it safe to cycle. Spokes has submitted for cycle lanes. http://spokes.org.nz/submission/2011/draft-sydenham-master-plan 

CCC has also ignored all of Spokes comments on the Central City Rebuild plan. In our submission Spokes sought to have Council commit to cycle improvements and to engage with cyclists on what improvements might actually work well. Council has responded with a plan providing limited cycling improvements where allowed by unaccountable budgets and bureaucrats. Cycling is merely a ‘nice to have'. The conditional language found in the draft plan remains. http://spokes.org.nz/submission/2011/central-city-rebuild-plan-2011

CCC has proven impervious to the many submissions made by cyclists as well as the overwhelming support for cycling found in the Share an Idea process. Call your Councillors and Community Board members, email them, visit them. The rebuild needs to provide for our needs now and in the future. It does not currently do either. This link provides contact details http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/councillors/index.aspx 


February is Bike Wise Month

And Spokes isplanning a number of events. Final details will be in February's newsletter and on the Bike Wise Website.

One event is "Cycling Around the World presentation" series and we are looking for people who have an interesting story to tell about their adventure. It can be of their epic bike ride in the jungles of Antartica or about a special event or even a city that has made a serious attempt at providing adequate infrastructure such as Copenhagen.

If you are available, which Saturday would suit and which region? If you are available on more than one week please say so in case we want to change things. If you would like to do more than one presentation please let Nigel know at pedaller [at] paradise [dot] net [dot] nz with a brief outline.

An alternative is to mix everything up and go with what a person can do on a given day. A couple may like to do a joint presentation?

The idea is as follows:

* 3 to 4 people to talk or make a slide presentation about different areas over a total of 2 hours or so.

* Where: CPIT, Madras St and/or possibly CWEA, Gloucester St).

* When: Saturday afternoons starting at 2:00pm for 2 hours.

* Cover a different area each week.

The following is proposed but is subject to change..... 
11th Feb - Europe.
18th Feb - Asia.
25th Feb - Australasia (NZ, Australia).
3rd Mar - The Americas.


Bike NZ Wants Your Comments

Bike NZ has developed a vison for NZ where cycling is safe and inviting. Now they want your help in working out a five year plan. Mark Tuesday 27 March in your diary and look for more information in a future letter. http://www.bikenz.org.nz/


Noble Village "Facilitated Meeting"

CCC is sponsoring a facilitator to meet with all affected parties concerning the removal of cycle lanes and increased density of the proposed Noble Village development. Open to all at 9AM to 12 noon, Thursday 12 January South Library Boardroom, Colombo Street. It is hoped that agreement can be reached. Alternatively CCC will have to sue itself to undo the poor decision making and lack of public consultation which led to this stuff up.

Spokes would appreciate it if the people who spoke at the special City Council workshop in November on this topic would contact newsletter [at] spoke [dot] org [dot] nz.


Cyclists Give Blood - in a good way

Two French cyclists have travelled more than 18,000 kilometres around the world to encourage more New Zealanders to “get on their bike” and donate blood. Global blood donation ambassadors Julien Leblay and Marion Dumas will begin their final leg of a 20-month cycle journey to promote blood donation in Dunedin on Thursday (5 January). They will then cycle the South and North Islands before concluding their 21,000 kilometre, half-world tour in Auckland in February. Currently, only around 4% of the eligible population (aged 16 to 60) are active blood donors.

Visit www.nzblood.co.nz or phone 0800 GIVE BLOOD to find out more about blood donation, register to become a blood donor or to make an appointment to donate Julien and Marion will arrive in Christchurch on Friday 20 January.

To learn more about Julien and Marion and follow their journey, visit his blog at: http://www.voyage-grand-coeur.org/en


Youth Mobility & Health

Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium (AMHC)

Mobility Health: New Directions in Teen Mobility Management University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

When: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm (NZDT), Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Watch it free online anywhere in the world or as an archive later. Get more information at http://spokes.org.nz/node/1472 


2 Walk and Cycle Conference

This is the New Zealand conference for all the latest on worldwide best practice on the whys and hows of how to encourage, provide infrastructure and advocate for walking and cycling. To be held 22,24 February in Hastings. Check out http://www.hardingconsultants.co.nz/2walkandcycle/ for more details.  This conference is produced by Spokes parent organisation Cycling Advocates' Network in conjunction with Living Streets Aotearoa with support from Hastings District and Regional Councils. Imagine, a local body which actually supports cycling.


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