AGM meeting report, June 2017

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[Previous AGM report here]

Present: Ron, Peter Bu, Patrick, Alex, James, Sridhar, Frank, Andrew, Peter Ba, Ben, Mark, Paul Br, Linda, Nick, Andy F, Sean, Alastair

APOLOGIES: Andy Gow

Chair Ron Beernink reviewed the year.

  • By September 2017 any changes to Island Bay should be known.
  • Work on the Hutt Road Shared Path has started, working north in 100m section.
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving is proceeding, although not as fast as we’d like.
  • We’re seeing more non-Lycra cyclists around town

Treasurer Linda Beatson reviewed our finances

  • Plenty of money in the bank. Apparent deficit is due to overlapping years, and late payment of our share of CAN subscriptions.
  • Andrew asked if we’d considered becoming a charity so tax isn’t paid on donations. James responded that reporting requirements are more onerous, and Alastair suggested CAN (which is registered) might be able to make better use of donations.
  • Finances approved subject to final approval by committee.  Final 2016 financial report.

Committee confirmed:

Chair: Ron Beernink
Treasurer: Linda Beatson
Membership secretary: Sridhar Ekambaram
Minutes secretary: Alastair Smith
Submissions leads: Eleanor Meecham, Alastair Smith
SASTRG reps: David Laing, James Burgess
General committee: James Burgess, Patrick Morgan, Sean Linton

Andy Gow, Andrew Macbeth, Nick Ravi, and Benjamin Burkhart prepared to help out on an ad hoc basis.

Year ahead:

  • Discussed getting the message out: social media (Bike Auckland have a paid role for this), email, conventional media
  • Have asked that Kaiwharawhara station be reopened to provide options for people who drive to Hutt Rd and park. Metlink not keen.
  • Urban Cycling Programme on a tight timeframe
  • Consultations coming up on Petone to Ngauranga.

Urban Cycling projects: Ron, James and Alastair reported back on workshops for Thorndon Quay, Oriental Bay, Evans Bay, Kilbirnie and Miramar. Newtown-Berhampore will be coming up soon.

Discussed implications of footpath cycling Select Committee report.

Roadworks signs on cycle lanes and shoulders have been a problem. Ron is pursuing with NZTA.

WCC has responded swiftly to deal with misplaced sharrows.

Thumbs up/ Thumbs down:

  • Benjamin: Metlink bus blocking lane at Thorndon Quay
  • Andrew: uncomfortable cycling uphill on Terrace south of Salamanca, remove parking at rush hour – could apply on other arterial uphill routes
  • Paul: free left turn for cyclists? NZTA is investigating a rule change.
  • Alex: Congestion Free Wellington is a new organisation campaigning for better transport options.
  • Ron: support bus drivers, generally good to cyclists
  • Andrew: changes in public transport are looking to improve overall service
  • James: post AGM pub visit….

CAW July 2017 meeting notes

roadworks on Evans Bay parade
Temporary traffic management in Evans Bay. At least cycling was considered, but parked cars seemed to be more important

14 of us gathered to discuss cycling issues in Wellington. 

Ron updated  us on the regular CAW and Hutt Cycling Network meetings with WCC, Hutt City Council and NZTA.

  • Petone to Melling. People on bikes give a thumbs up for this project which will establish a cycling track between the expressway and the railway.  Plan for implementation later in 2017.
  • Riverlink project will connect Hutt CBD to a relocated Melling station with a pedestrian/bike bridge.
  • Early engagement on the Petone to Ngauranga shared path is expected in October.
  • Improvements are needed at Ngauranga interchange (e.g. vegetation, rubbish). WCC do not see as a priority, but CAW & NZTA do. Maybe we should hold a working bee, which CAW did in the 1990’s.
  • Temporary traffic management issues (e.g. construction signs in bike lanes) are being addressed but seem to be systemic. It’s a national issue: Dougal List of NZTA has been approached about holding a workshop with contractors and road controlling authorities. Some discussion of Evans Bay, where there was a sign warning that cycle lane was closed, but could have used parking lane for a temporary lane. Do you have photos of particularly good or bad examples? Send them to Ron.
  • Quick win improvements in Wellington CBD are about to go to Council. These include
    • Grey St covered bike parking close to showers
    • Contraflow bike lanes (on otherwise one way streets). Mercer, Cuba between Vivian and Ghuznee, and lower Cuba, Willeston, Pukeahu Park between Tory and Martin Square, Basin Reserve at Rugby St, Bunny St W. Are there other good places for contraflow lanes?
  • Progress on Hutt Road Improvements
    • Construction work has started!
    • Orange rugby posts at Aotea overbridge are there to stop cars, but create issues for biking. Problems with lighting on north side need to be addressed before removal of poles.
    • The staged approach to the project will involve limited removal of parking at this stage. Back in June 2016 we looked at what needed to happen.
  • Thorndon Quay and Eastern suburbs have been having early engagement workshops with the community that are producing short lists of projects for detailed design.
  • Newtown will soon start an engagement process. Still deciding on stakeholders, many groups need to be involved.
  • Next steps for Island Bay, going through the formal process.
  • Congestion Free Wellington. new coalition aimed at getting sustainable transport options from the Lets Get Wellington Moving process.  Patrick and Alastair involved, Alex also keen.
  • Bike Newtown FaceBook page has been started to get Newtown and Berhampore people involved in upgrades for the Newtown community.
  • Bike to the Future awards – discussed what and who we should nominate.
  • What’s happening about Ciclovia? An event organising company is looking at a CBD event.
  • Ellie of Generation Zero, talked about the campaign for a Zero Carbon Act, including a cycle tour.
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down…
    • Up. Alex: WCC funding for Bikes Welcome
    • Up. Ron mentioned the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress to be held in Christchurch 17-20 October.  Should CAW sponsor someone to go? Advocate rate $500 before 1 Sept. Perhaps $250 each for 2 people. To decide next meeting.
    • Down. Alex finds reporting parking infringements difficult. Have to give personal details, only through phone, not through Fixit app,
    • Ron gave a thumbs up for Simon of HCC who has been good on engagement, for example on the Beltway
    • Up. James notes a Bike fix-it stand is now at Brooklyn, also Aro Valley. Maybe carrying a repair kit will become obsolete!

Mid Winter blues? Treat them with a dose of CAW conviviality!

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The days are short now, leaving plenty of time to attend CAW’s regular evening meeting in July. Lots of things to talk about.

Tuesday 4 July, 6-7:30 pm, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St)

CAW June meeting + AGM

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It’s that time of the year again for our annual general meeting. Nothing too painful. We’ll keep the official stuff short!

– Reflecting back on the year that has been
– Our financial state of affairs
– Confirming the committee
– Our key focus for the year ahead

And then back to the business at hand of discussing what cycling changes are happening

  •  UCP updates
  • Sharrow shenanigans
  • Cones kerfuffles
  • Congestion Free Wellington
  • Mechanical Tempest
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

6 June at 18:00–19:30
Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

Wellington’s annual plan: tackle climate change through transport choice

Annual Plan

WCC is consulting on its 2017/2018 Annual Plan.

We say:

  • Reduce fossil fuel emissions by increasing cycling mode share
  • Reduce car trips by not subsidising on street parking
  • Don’t over consult on cycling projects
  • Move rapidly to a cycle friendly city through trial projects
  • Gather data about the use and impact of cycle facilities
  • Reduce traffic speeds
  • New housing developments should provide for active and public transport

You can read our full submission here

CAW May meeting

Police biking on crossing
Should we have cops on bikes, like they do in Japan?

How time flies. The May meeting is already upon us, and happening this Tuesday 2 May. By the book this should have been our AGM meeting but with all that is happening we weren’t organised in time. So here’s the official notice that our AGM will be held at our 6 June meeting.

But plenty of other exciting things to talk about for Tuesday’s meeting

  • Updates from the various WCC cycling projects working groups (Kilbernie, Miramar, Evans Bay, Thorndon Quay, CBD quick fixes)
  • Update on the Island Bay community re-engagement (Love the Bay)
  • Updates from monthly meeting with WCC cycling team (work in progress, e.g. Hutt Road, issues)
  • Things to discuss at our next meetings with NZTA, WCC etc
  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

Everyone welcome

Tuesday 2 May, 1800-1930, Sustainability Trust, Forresters Lane (off Tory St)

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

displays from Thorndon Quay consultation
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.