We had a busy meeting, covering a number of submissions, and a quick bike tour of Bogota and Europe courtesy of Jill. Here’s the details:
Jo talked about some CAN activities: Annual CAN Do 29 July Palmerston North preceding the 2WALKandCYCLE conference (these events are a great chance to catch up with fellow advocates), and the Vision Zero campaign (fill in the survey if you haven’t already).
Biketober. Krissie talked about a proposal for a spring month of bike activities, Biketober. This was very successful in Christchurch and Auckland last year. Krissie will talk to WCC about their spring bike promotion plans. CAW broadly supportive, can act as sponsor for grants etc.
Membership. We discussed how we could increase involvement, through both financial membership (which helps support CAN) and social media.
- Thorndon Quay. Concern about the abandonment of the consultation process, and that the current proposal is very much an interim measure. Members are encouraged to submit, and to make an oral submission. Ron will coordinate.
- Oriental Bay. Pity that only a restricted area is being considered.
- Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie. Good proposal, though bus stop could be better handled.
Love Cycling Awards. Nominations close 13 March, Jill welcomes more nominations, volunteers for event on 27 March.
Ngauranga Gorge. We discussed the issues with cycling this route to/from the northern suburbs. Ben has had close calls with vehicles turning across his path into Glover St, and has met with WCC staff. However there aren’t easy answers.
Cycling facilities in Europe (and Bogota). Jill shared her observations from her time away. She managed to participate in the Bogota Ciclovia, which has been the model for similar events around the world. In England she was based in Bristol, the home of SusTrans, which has created a nationwide cycle network. She also managed to tour Europe from Finland to Slovenia. Here is Jill’s presentation.