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CAW April meetup

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Mayor Justin Lester addresses CAN Do 2017

Come along to our CAW meeting this Tuesday 4th April. Be part of the discussion on how to get more people biking in Wellington, more often. Things to talk about:

  • Highlights from the CAN Do national conference
  • Progress with WCC cycling projects including the Hutt Road
  • Pressing concerns
  • Rebranding ourselves
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane off Tory St

CAW meeting 7 March 2017

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22% of vehicles on Thorndon Quay are bikes. Time for separated bike lanes?

At CAW’s regular March monthly meeting we discussed:

  • Cycle projects in the rail corridor. Leah Murphy is project managing a Kiwirail/NZTA investigation into cycle projects in the rail corridor.  4 corridors are being looked at in Wellington: Silverstream – Upper Hutt, Ngauranga – Petone, Petone – Melling,  Lower Hutt beltway to Seaview. Busy train lines means construction problems. Nationally, incidents at rail crossings are going up. Design Guidelines are about to be released. More risk assessment based. Do mazes work? At busy crossings, automatic gates (eg at Tawa) are favoured. National feedback needed. Cycle tracks need to be 3-5m from rail line. Kiwirail sees space as property and is required to make a profit from it. Perth WA an example of successful use of rail corridor.
  • Update on Island Bay community re-engagement.
    • Community engagement processes like this can be expected to encounter issues.
    • It is not straight forward and therefore good to keep getting positive support from the CAW team
    • This includes giving the message that the syndicate is very much focused on the process, and that the process has worked well so far if you look at the workshops
    • Challenge is to get the wider community engaged so looking for opportunities to get more people involved in the workshops
    • Other channels are also being used, e.g. Love the Bay website
  • Thorndon Quay. Useful workshop held 6 Mar.  Raises lots of questions: bus lane in middle? Two way vs one way? Etc. Is there potential to make Thorndon Quay a pleasant tree lined boulevard? Opportunity for CAW, as opposed to individuals, comment?
  • Cobham Drive. Drop in Workshops scheduled for 7,15 March. Concept drawings look good. Shoulder retained. People want overbridge to Aotea Centre, although currently out of scope. Should aim for Three Cs: Comfort, connect, convenient.
  • Consulations overall: Restart of cycleway planning will need a lot of input from CAW. Have a checklist for what we want from projects? Recruit from FB. Survey ?
  • CAN Do 2017 25/26 March – on track – why not register to become part of cycling history?
  • Rants / raves

CAW March meeting

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People on bikes check out the Kapiti Cycle Route

That time of the month again. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Rants / raves
  • Update on Island Bay community re-engagement
  • Upcoming consultations (Thorndon Quay etc)
  • Upcoming events (CAN Do etc)
  • Guest speaker
  • And more

6-7:30 pm Tuesday 7 March, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Ln, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

CAW February meeting report

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CAW stand at Go By Bike Day

We kicked off the year by discussing:

  • Plans for Go By Bike Day – which attracted a record 1350 people on bikes. Imagine the traffic chaos if those people had chosen to commute by car!
  • CAW structure. Maybe a committee and paid membership are no longer the way to go in an age of social media and crowdfunding campaigns. Lots of active people on our FaceBook group; need to recruit them for projects, such as representing CAW at consultation workshops.
  • Ron Beernink reported back on WCC progress.
    • Poles due to be removed from Hutt Rd Cycle path in February, and entrance crossings to be improved in March. Since this is the first actual Urban Cycleways project to be implemented in Wellington, there’ll be a ministerial “sod turning”.
    • Open day consultation on Thorndon Quay planned for March.
    • Workshop on Eastern Suburbs routes also in March.
  • Ron and Hutt cycle people also met with NZTA. The “Melly to Welly” cycle route from Melling to Wellington CBD is planned for completion 2019/2020. The 600m prototype cycle path from Ngauranga north looks good. There are also plans for accommodating bikes on the Petone to Grenada link.
  • Aotearoa Bike Challenge is on – if you haven’t already done so, form or join a group. Join the CAN group if you don’t belong to a company.
  • CAN Do 2017, the national cycle advocacy workshop is to be in Wellington 25/26 March. The planning group is making good progress, if you want to help, contact Alastair.
  • Go Home by Bike – Te Papa is organising this for 15 February. And no, you don’t need to leave your bike at work for the whole week after Go By Bike Day….
  • Bike Auckland have released their Bike Blueprint for Auckland bike routes in 2020 – could we do the same for Wellington?
  • Kapiti Expressway has an open day 18 Feb. You can try out the shared path on your bike.
  • The proposed development at Shelly Bay will have implications for cycling – more traffic between Miramar Cutting and Shelly Bay.
  • ReBicycle has given out 46 bikes to help get refugees mobile. There’ll be a fixup event 11 February.
  • Wellington Zoo has put in good bike racks.

CAW February meeting

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Will we see an iconic cycle path on Cobham Drive in 2017?

The first CAW meetup for 2017! The line up for discussion is

  • Go By Bike Day
  • progress with WCC cycling projects, e.g. Hutt Rd
  • update from NZTA about their initiatives, e.g. Petone-Ngauranga shared path
  • ideas for CBD improvements
  • key issues / concerns

Usual time and location: 6-7:30 pm Tuesday 7 Feb, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Ln, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

See you there!

Go By Bike Day celebrates the Bike Bicentennial

15109631_1699962993650878_3307091250734953700_nWas your New Year’s resolution to bike to work? Go By Bike Day will be along to help you in February.

GO BY BIKE DAY 2017 celebrates 200 years of the bicycle invention AND everyone who bikes in Wellington – whether you’re the tried and true commuter, the sexy shaven lycra-clad, the steeze at Makara, the fair weather cruiser, or even if you’re just too cheap to take the bus! Come out to enjoy the scrumptious brekky and that amazing cup of Peoples Coffee that will vastly improve the quality of your life!

Meet us down under the sails at Queens Wharf, 7-9am 8 February.

What’s new this year? Cheer on your nimble cohorts in action for the fastest flat fix competition, watch the best on one wheel then learn how to conquer the Unicycle. Don’t forget the grade-A bike checks, our favourite stalls, prize draws AND pedal your juice! Yes, the smoothie bike is back in action- pedal to puree! Plus, our guest speakers! Find out if Justin Lester really is the new “Cycling Mayor”? And if that isn’t enough, our secret comedian MC radiates caliber and confidence!

Notes from CAW November 2016 meeting

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A possible Cobham Drive upgrade

At the 1 November meeting we were lucky to have Paul Barker, Safe and Sustainable Transport Manager at Wellington City Council, along with Councillor portfolio leaders Sarah Free (Public Transport, Cycling and Walking) and Chris Calvi-Freeman (Transport strategy and operations)

Paul gave us an overview of Wellington’s Urban Cycling Programme.

  • Cycling has a significant budget, $37.5 million annually. The challenge is getting projects through the planning and consultation processes. A new engagement process is being used.
  • Staffing: now have around 15 positions connected to active transport, with vacancies being filled.
  • Decisions on routes in the CBD depend on the outcome of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving  process. Funding has been moved from CBD projects to the Eastern Suburbs.
  • Northern route:
    • Ngauranga to Thorndon: lighting poles are being moved, bus stops relocated, and general upgrade to cycle path, including raising path at business entrances.
    • Thorndon to CBD. Decision to be made about whether cycle route will be along Thorndon Quay or Aotea Quay.
    • An upgrade of the Wakely Rd “Goat Track” between Newlands and Ngauranga is possible.
  • Eastern suburbs: working on proposals for:
    • Upgrading cycle/walk path on Cobham Drive. This could be a “quick win” with approval possible in early 2017.
    • Improved cycling routes from the Coutts St airport underpass to Seatoun and Miramar.
    • General cycling and walking improvements in Miramar Town Centre.
    • Evans Bay Parade shared path.
    • Leonie Gill Pathway to Newtown.
  • Southern routes. Basin Reserve to Shoreland Park: ongoing engagement in Island Bay, with eventual extension to Basin Reserve.

We also discussed:

  • Elections: results do not indicate a backlash against cycling, with David Lee and Sarah Free being re-elected with good majorities.
  • Island Bay workshops are proceeding well.
  • Roll on Wellington Awards. We’ll postpone these to February.
  • CAN DO 2017. Wellington will be hosting the national cycling advocacy meeting in March 2017. Alastair, James, David, Hilleke and Peter will be planning this.
  • Go By Bike Day is go! Mark 8 February 2017 in your diary.

CAW November Meeting

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Time to dash off to the monthly meeting again!

  • Introductions
  • Paul Barker from WCC will update us on the Wellington Urban Cycling Programme
  • Elections – where to from here?
  • Island Bay update
  • CAN DO 2017 – Wellington’s turn to host
  • Roll on Wellington Awards
  • Rants and Raves

Tuesday 1 November, 6-7:30pm, Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane (off Tory Street)

CAW meeting 4 October 2016

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Ngauranga Gorge the easy way – Bikes on Buses trial.

We discussed:

  • Introductions: we mentioned what improvements we’d like to see in Wellington cycling. Ideas included: remove uphill car parking, better design of traffic islands and pedestrian refuges, take opportunities of road resurfacing to add cycle lanes, educate fellow cyclists about best position to take on road, send notes of issues to Fixit.
  • Bikes on Buses. Trial underway on Newlands buses, though check the timetable.
  • Island Bay. Workshops going well. “Communities” includes not just residents but people who traverse Island Bay. Need younger people involved.
  • Elections. Will need to work constructively with new Council (which in the event, looks pretty bike friendly). Ron will be contacting Councillors next week to set up meetings.
  • Bunny St/ Waterloo Quay. Ron is discussing cycling issues at this intersection with Council staff. Ideally, Bunny St would become a pedestrian/cycle plaza, with no through connection for cars to Featherston.
  • ReBicycle is going well. Let Hilleke know if you have a spare bike for refugee families.
  • Go By Bike Day will be 8 February. Ownership will be passing to GWRC/WCC.
  • Ciclovia. Watch this space!
  • Cycling on footpaths, CAW will make a supportive submission to Parliament. [CAW submission]
  • Dutch Royal Family coming to visit, bringing representatives of Dutch Bicycle Embassy.
  • Bike Racks at Sustainability Trust – Patrick will explore possibilities, perhaps get WCC to install racks as part of a laneway upgrade.

CAW fundraising raffle

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CAW is running a fundraising raffle to bankroll future campaigns.  Prizes include:

Please let Sean or Patrick know if you can sell, or want to buy, tickets ( a mere $5 each, half the cost of a spare tube). All proceeds to CAW.

Thanks to all our generous sponsors for the donated prizes. We’ll draw the raffle at the end of August.