Let’s Get Wellington Moving

There’s some incredible stuff coming out of LGWM at the moment, with the first two rounds of in-depth consultation focusing on changes to make the central city much more people-friendly. This consultation closes this Sunday, 15th December. Have your say to make sure that the LGWMers know that this is what Wellingtonians want.

NZTA have gone with their funky map-based feedback machine to get feedback on Let’s Get Wellington Moving, which is amazing if you have a while to spare poring over maps of Wellington. However, it’s Kirihimete/Christmas so if time is not on your side there’s a TL;DR version

Hit these links which jump you straight through to the easy form-based feedback sections:

https://lgwm.nz/goldenmile/#e55

http://lgwm.nz/saferspeeds/#e56

These are great for overall feedback. The simplest comment you could put here is “Yes, do it already!”, both for improving the Golden Mile and for bringing city centre speeds down to a safer 30km/h. Two minutes and you’re done.

Still reading and have time for an in-depth submission? Here are some pointers, please let us know in the comments if you spot anything we’ve missed:

Golden Mile

This consultation gathers your ideas but doesn’t set out any concrete plans.
They say:

We want to make it better for people walking and on bikes, and give buses more priority

We say:

  • Separated cycle lanes to keep less confident riders away from buses, with well signposted, comfortable alternative routes where space is limited
  • Intersections are too intimidating for vulnerable road users and these people need safer means to change lanes and turn into other roads with clear right of way to drivers behind them. A suggestion is to make protected intersections with dedicated space and priority lights for people on foot, bikes, and scooters.
  • Giving people riding e-scooters and bikes a safer road space helps to keep pedestrians out of harm’s way
  • Make the Golden Mile for buses, bikes, scooters and people on foot
  • Allow goods deliveries in time windows outside of peak hours
  • If the Golden Mile is made car-free then design and enforcement will need to work together to make this a reality
  • Continuous walking along the route wherever possible – by closing side-street ends like Bond and Grey streets, and where a street crosses with through traffic give green walk signals with minimum interruption (like some of Featherston side streets)
  • Changing flow around Boulcott/Willis/Mercer/Victoria somehow to make life better for everyone

Te Aro Park, Golden Mile – what would make you more likely to ride here?

Safer speeds

This consulation proposes a 30km/h limit for the city centre – effectively everything within Karo Dive/Cambridge Terrace/the Quays apart from Vivian Street, extending North as far as the station.

We say:

  • This should be implemented for non-arterial CBD roads, and is already or is becoming the norm for cities around the world
  • Lower speeds make it feel safer or will make it more feasible for people on bikes and e-scooters to share the road
  • This needs to go hand in hand with road design features that naturally slow down the speed and clearly tell drives to give priority to vulnerable road users
  • Clearly there is a push for priority bus lanes through the CBD and this is where we expect separated cycle lanes
  • No easy suggestions how to deal with this but consideration needs to be given to people on bikes (e.g. road and electric bikes) and e-scooters who can and typically will try to travel faster than 30km/hr. This will give frustration to other road users who are keeping to the speed restrictions
  • Some roads feel too fast for 30km/h today, but these streets also have plenty of people living on them, walking on them and biking on them. They deserve safety too, and road design changes will help the lower speeds feel more natural here. The LGWM programme needs to show that these streets will be used for living, working, shopping and playing in future, so lower speeds are appropriate.
  • For central streets that remain at 50km/h (eg Quays, Kent & Cambridge, Vivian) use protected bike lanes to achieve 2 things – safer biking, and more separation between footpaths and moving traffic
  • Enforce new speed limits with cameras at high traffic volume / high risk places – do the same on the 50km/h arterial roads too
  • Green-waves for traffic lights so that people travelling below 30km/h don’t need to stop as often – making speeding futile

Taranaki Street – lots of space for living, working, playing, eating, partying – 30km/h makes sense to pave the way for new uses

Stay positive!

It’s tempting to use a consultation exercise as an opportunity to vent. However, we think a good submission should be really positive and future focused, try to imagine the Wellington you’d happily take your mates for a ride around next summer!

From all of us at Paihikara ki Pōneke/Cycle Wellington, Meri Kirihimete, Merry Christmas and enjoy riding your bike over the holidays. Looking forward to an amazing 2020!

Commuting by bicycle in Wellington

In the past few years the number of people I see on bikes riding from Newtown to town in the morning has literally quadrupled. Unfortunately, many of the people I see stopped at the lights are on seriously terrible bikes.
I’m see rusty, too-big or too-small mountain bikes with brakes that barely work and people look unconfident and uncomfortable on their bikes. Riding the wrong bike can actually make cycling seriously not fun.
Recently several of my colleagues have gotten bicycles with the intention of cycling to work. I have noticed that they too seem to have missed some items that to me are essential for bike commuting.
Namely:

  • Gears- There are hills here.  You need gears to get up them. I have 21 but 7 is probably enough.  
  • Comfortable seat  – Be kind to your behind!  Give it some cushioning.
  • Mud guards – This follows on from the point above.  It rains here all the time.  You will wind up with a seriously wet bum without mud guards.
  • Rear rack – If you’re like me and live at the top of a giant hill, when you leave for the morning you take everything you will need with you and consequently look like a hobo (ok, that’s just me).  But really, most people will probably need to have a bag of some sort, maybe a laptop, lunch, gym gear, a raincoat, yoga matt, several books, keys, phone etc etc.  You don’t want to carry all this in a backpack, your back gets sweaty and it’s not comfortable.  Also one of the great things about riding a bike is it’s easy to stop at the shops as you pass them, so you can pick up groceries and other stuff on the way home.  A rack is essential for carrying all your stuff!
  • Helmet – It’s the law, even if you hate them, you kinda have to have one.
  • Lock – yes, I have accidentally left my bike unlocked all day at the railway station and no one stole it, but don’t be foolish and tempt them, lock it or lose it!
  • Lights – Front and rear.  You need them.
  • A bike that fits you – this means the frame is the correct size and shape for you.  I have a vintage ladies frame bike that I like because it has a step-though frame and it basically the perfect size for me.  Personally, I don’t recommend mountain bikes for anyone who is commuting, or fancy expensive road bikes.  You want something that is functional and sturdy, that you can ride in the rain or the wind, leave outside, carry 20 kgs of groceries home with, and it to run perfectly and not need all sorts of fiddling.

Linus Scout or Pilen Women’s Sport would be my pick for ladies (sorry I just have a personal problem with Mixtes!)

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For men I would suggest Linus Roadster or any of the Pilen men’s models.   Just do make sure you get a rack!

Are considering commuting by bike or have questions about it?  Feel free to ask any questions and share your thoughts on biking to work with us.

[Originally posted by Nicole]

Census data visualised

There are some clever people volunteering for CAW. One of whom produced this amazing map of Wellington, showing the mode share for cycling on census day 2013. Some suburbs have almost 10% mode share (looking at you Berhampore, Lyall Bay and Roseneath)!

It’s a great tool to highlight where work needs to be done, or where the work would be most appreciated (and which suburbs suffer from their geography!).

Scroll down for links to the pdfs which have the absolute figures.

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PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO WORK BY BICYCLE (2006 – 2013)

NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO WORK BY BICYCLE (2013)

[Originally posted by Hilleke]

Love to Roll 2012!

Question: What better way to celebrate summer, love and cycling than dressing for a date, hooking up with someone who makes you feel good, and cruising the gorgeous Wellington coast to the Island Bay Festival?

Answer:  All of this – plus the chance to win great prizes!

It’s Love To Roll!

Love To Roll is Frocks On Bikes’ famous Valentine’s “date ride”.  It’s a fresh, fun and fantastic way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend and our great city.

“Lovers To Roll”, dressed to the nines, take to two wheels and enjoy a leisurely, marshalled ride from Oriental Bay to the Island Bay Festival, via Lyall Bay. 

En route, the Love To Roll ride pauses to judge the competitions!  Lovers To Roll will vie to win the titles of Best Dressed Couple, Most Loved-Up Bike, Best-Matched Bike and Rider and Most Chic Lover To Roll.

Dinner for two at Havana, double movie passes to the Empire Cinema and fashion from Emma Collections are up for grabs. And there’s more –  a brand-new, $1,000 Avanti urban bike will be won by one lucky person!

Frocks On Bikes will reveal the lucky winners onstage at the Island Bay Festival.

Love To Roll 2012 – loads of love, summer and cycling – with prizes!

 

Love To Roll: the essentials

When:  12.30pm Sunday 12th February

Where: Oriental Bay – look for the big hearts (then, via Lyall Bay to Island Bay)

Dress code: dress for a date!

Bring: your road-worthy bike, someone or something that makes you feel good; some water (and sunscreen!)

Cycle culture vs infrastructure?

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of things are being framed as a dichotomy. For example, a post appeared on Cycling in Auckland a while ago that drew heated debate. Its premise was that, if you’re trying to get more people on bikes, the current focus on infrastructure is pretty well pointless and we should be trying to develop a bike culture instead.

So is it really a question of one or the other?

Here’s what I think. If I look back on my own experience of starting to ride again, it was bike culture that caught my attention and it was infrastructure that convinced me to do it.

In – I think – May 2010 the Dominion Post ran a two-page spread in their lifestyle pull-out featuring Mamachari bikes, Laurie Foon and a whole lot of other cycle chic stuff. Until then I hadn’t really considered that I might be able to cycle with my clothes on. I’d assumed skirts and dresses couldn’t be done, and for someone who’s rarely in anything else that was a big deal.

I already had an exceptionally stylish friend who rode everywhere, so I met up with him and we talked about bikes and clothes and what might be possible. He pointed out that my home was at one end of the waterfront and my work was at the other, so if I wanted to bike my commute I’d be as safe as houses.

About a month later I saw a bike on Trade Me, and, loving its look but knowing nothing whatsoever about it’s quality, took the plunge and bought it. My friend came around, checked everything was working and took me for a ride along the waterfront.

I loved it! I felt so safe, but I also felt like I was floating. I refused to go home after our first venture up Oriental Bay and back, so we went exploring along the waterfront right up to the concourse at Westpac Stadium.

Having those twin pillars of culture and infrastructure made all the difference for me, so I don’t think I can buy in to any debate that holds one above the other. We need them both if we’re going to make cycling ordinary.

Image credit: Patrick Morgan

Meet Tom Elliot: He’s into bike fun.

Well, we took a week off but we’re back.  And we’ve got a such a nice guy for you to meet.  As always, Cycle Aware Wellington wants you to get to know each other.  To that end, please meet a new friend.

Cool Bike Person #5: Tom Elliot

He’s smart, he’s funny and he’s way into bikes.  Tom Elliot grew up riding a borrowed bike—imagine 70’s chopper—around the farm where his parent stationed their housebus.  He remembers a few long rides to Palmerston North with his mom along a trail strewn with rocks and roots.  He can still feel the bumps and sway of the kid’s seat behind his dad on shorter trips.  Then he cycled through a Healing Cruiser, a plain-spoken Raleigh 20 rip-off, a used BMX that rocked the farm trails and finally landed himself on an adult size Avanti hybrid.  He was 10 and the bike was about two times his size.

Here's a guy and his bike. Oh, it's Tom!

Fast-forward a few years and Tom is now an energy analyst working in the Ministry of Economic Development’s energy group.  Everyday, he’s cranking out high-level thinking about New Zealand’s use of oil, coal and other resources.  It’s not surprising that he prefers to self-power and he readily admits that the obvious environmental benefits are the foundation of his love for the bicycle.  But that’s not the whole of Tom’s story.  The love continues to grow.

While working his way around Europe a number of years back, Tom needed a bike.  His job on a yacht kept him outside of town but a long line of derelict bikes left behind by sailors called to him.  He found an old, folding Rog among the bunch, cleaned it up and made it operable.  When the yacht didn’t sail, Tom cycled the Rog to its homeland—Slovenia (formerly Yugoslavia).  By chance, he found the former Rog factory, now home to an anarchist squat.  Tom’s Rog got a little upgrade with free, found parts and he turned toward the UK.

Tom hunkered down in London, taking advantage of the vast, new network of bike lanes and boxes.  He participated in London’s Critical Mass, pedaling alongside more than 800 riders (a small ride by London standards—more than 2000 is about normal) through a cold, wet evening.  London cops who used to do everything in their power to curb the event, including taking cyclists to court, now provide support for the monthly ride.  Tom loved the experience and took note.  He also found a recycled bike shop and put himself to work helping honing his new hobby: the refurbishment of abandoned bikes.  The shop was council-funded and offered not just a market for used bikes but also skills-training for people with developmental disabilities. As one of only 10 mechanics in a huge warehouse of bikes, Tom got the hang of bike building and repair on a grand scale.

When it came time for Tom to head home, he emptied his suitcase and packed up his Rog.  No way he was leaving that baby behind.  He had a warm flight home, wearing everything he owned so his bike could journey with him.

Since returning to New Zealand, Tom has immersed himself in bike building and bike socializing.  When he moved to Wellington early in 2011, he brought his bike love with him.  Unable to immediately locate a bike community, he started one.  He and a friend talked about Critical Mass and heard that a couple other folks were talking too.  Only four people rode at first, the same four doing the talking.  By June, with a little promotion, 16 riders showed up for Wellington’s Critical Mass.  Since then, the numbers have bounced, reaching about 50 on the Halloween ride.  Tom says the rides have been consistently enjoyable, following the same, easy route and, more recently, rolling along to music thanks to speaker-endowed bikes.

Tom thinks the resistance to things like Critical Mass is sad.  “Above all, I cycle for fun.  I like to cycle with as many people as I can, in a microclimate of bikes, because that makes it more fun.”  Tom has never felt or seen any rage in the Mass rides, however he’s aware that there remains a hangover of opinion on the subject.  “It’s an awesome ride and a great way to meet others who ride.  The past has passed.”  These days, after a Mass ride, riders might meet up for dinner or even a few films about bikes.  Tom loved the moment on a recent ride, when some 10-year old kids joined up with the ride, pumped their fists and shouted “bikes are the future.”

Put on a boa and ride.

I asked Tom for a rundown on the elements of a Wellington bike utopia.  He’d like to see a car-free CBD, improved access between Wellington and Hutt City, a bike lending library or even monthly lease program, bikes permitted on all public transit, and more bike parking.  He believes that infrastructure tells people how to behave, so he’d like to see Wellington go on a road diet: “if we give one lane to bikes and leave one for cars, people are going to change their conduct.  People will ride if they have proper and safe lanes.”  He also wants to see more bike fun around town.  “Bike polo is awesome,” he says.  “Anything bike related usually is.”

Last year, a car intentionally hit Tom while he rode late at night with friends.  His bike was broken but he wasn’t.  He was, however, disappointed by the police response: “they said they couldn’t help me if I didn’t have the number plate.  I wanted to know if they say the same thing when someone is assaulted on the sidewalk.”  If Tom finds the men driving the car, (and he looked high and low), he’ll invite them to Mechanical Tempest to build a bike.  “And if they ended up being nice,” he said, “Maybe I’d ride with them.  They’d have to be nice though.”

If you’d like to meet Tom in person, then head down to the Civic Square this Friday at 5:30 pm.  He’ll be at Critical Mass and he’d love to introduce you to some friends and bring you along for the ride.  And tell some friends too.  They should also meet Tom and go along for the ride.

Happy Frocktober, frockstars!

You can tell it’s Spring – gorgeous cheap veges and fruit are appearing in the market, daylight saving and (periodically) better weather are here, and everyone’s out on the street a bit more – and not just for the World Cup shenanigans!

You can tell it’s Frocktober and the start of the Frocking season because there’s a surge in stylish women accessorising with a bike, and also because the Frocks Mothership crew are donkey-deep in the fervour of organising that marks every Frocktober!

We’ve an amazing calendar of good times coming up for your enjoyment.

The BIGGEST THING is Wheel Stylish.  It’s totally unique – a full runway show of the hottest New Zealand fashion, on wheels!

Mark your diaries: Wheel Stylish, Thursday 17th November – it’s the place to see and be seen!

See photos of the 2010 Wheel Stylish.

 

But between now and then:

Sunday 30th October: 

Frocktober in the Hutt: Pedalling to the Dowse

Hutt Frocks On Bikes celebrate Frocktober!

Join our sisters to the north for a ride along the Hutt River Trail and a visit to Scott Eady’s 100 Bikes Project: Part 1 – an amazing interactive exhibition featuring 100 restored bikes – and you can even plant some sunflowers when you get to The Dowse!

Meet at the Riverbank carpark at 1pm.         RSVP on the Facebook event

In Wellington city:

Get Out There festival day – see the Council’s website for the fun, free activities.  The Mayor will be welcoming a donation of 100 bikes from Beijing to the city of Wellington for Wellingtonians to use!

Thursday 20th and Thursday 27th Frocktober

Frocktober Evening Rides! 

Celebrate the long and lovely evenings – and show off our style in motion.  Rendez-vous with us at 6.30pm by the main Hole in the Wharf (by Te Papa) for a leisurely evening spin along the waterfront  – wherever we feel like going on the day, with refreshment stops at the bar, cafe and or ice-cream parlour that takes our fancy.

 

 6th November

An idyllic Frock-nic!

It’s so simple it’s genius: combine tasty food, great company, Wellington’s lovely outdoors and the convenience of two wheels, and the result: a great picnicking time!

Whip up something tasty to bring, pop your sunglasses on and join the cruise to a delightful spot, and enjoy good times and a great shared lunch. More info to come!

 

12th November 

Street Skills workshop – Intermediate riders

It’s a great time to sharpen your bike-handling and defensive riding skills so you can keep your poise in Welly’s exciting roads.  Join the small class (max. 6) enjoying three hours of tailored training from our expert road skills trainers for only $30!

RSVP by emailing frocksonbikes@gmail.com with “Street Skills” in the subject line.

 

and remember: Thursday 17th November is…

Wheel Stylish! 

It’s the event of the season: a full runway fashion show, all on bikes, of Wellington’s and New Zealand’s finest designers.  Wheel Stylish will be a fabulous evening with featuring the best in sustainable food and wine for your enjoyment. 

Mark your diaries!  This will be an exclusive event with limited numbers.

 

Happy Frocktober – see you on the road!
— 
Love from Frocks On Bikes 

 

 

 

 

Wellington 2040 – transport cycling success

Next week Wellington City Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee will consider the recommendations contained in the nattily titled report Wellington 2040 City Strategy and Central City Framework: Feedback from Public Engagement. OK so that’s not actually a natty title.

Excitingly (yes, Council reports can be exciting), recomendation 1(b)(v) is that WCC alters the 2040 plan to “Strengthen focus on mixed modal transport options, including support for… safe cycling… infrastructure.” The report’s recommendations grew out of public consultation that expressed a number of common themes, including “desire for commitment to and improvements in public transport and cycling and walking accessibility in the city”. See, I told you it was exciting!

I haven’t read the public submissions, but I’d be interested to know whether they focussed on improving cycling infrastructure or whether there was a general desire for easier cycling and Council officers have thought “I know what that means, that means infrastructure!”

While I’m a big supporter of generous amounts of high-quality cycling infrastructure – and no-one is better placed to implement that than a council, I’d also like to see councils in our region step up to the cycling culture challenge. Infrastructure is great once you’re on a bike and riding to work or school or the shops or wherever, but what gets people on bikes is being able to identify with other people who ride for transport.

So what could councils do to give people that opportunity to think “I could do that”? How can councils work towards the cultural utopia pictured below? Suggestions so far include putting in some fun, attention-getting bike parking, and passing a bylaw making helmets optional. But what else is there? Answers on the back of a postcard, or in the comments box.

By Apoikola (Own work) [CC0 (creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

How do you spell Bikerakk?

Have you seen these bicycle racks around town?

Did you know they are made right here in Wellington? Recently I had a chance to talk to Duncan Forbes, one of the two guys behind the newly formed Bikerakk company.

Atom: How did you get started making Bikerakks?

Duncan: My co-founder Matt is a keen mountain biker. He had just purchased a brand new mountain bike and locked it up to a steel Sheffield stand outside Deluxe Cafe in Wellington after riding around Mt Victoria with his mountain biking mates. When he left Deluxe and went to get his bike it had fallen down on the Sheffield stand and the steel stand had chipped the new bike’s paint. We all know what it’s like when you damage new stuff – very annoying.

We noticed we could never find cycle stands where we wanted them and the design was not effective to lock a bike to plus the steel surface chipped the bike’s paint. We decided we could design and produce an effective cycle stand with lots of lockable loops in the right locations, the right height and length to lean a bike to lock it and be coated in a robust yet soft material to protect a bike’s paint. We also wanted to deliver a design that enhanced the look of public spaces (Matt is an architect) and wasn’t just a bent piece of steel in the corner. Bikerakk is the shape of a bike as that’s the perfect design to lock bike wheels and frame to plus the cycle shape celebrates cycling.

Atom: Does form follow function? Or does function follow form?

Duncan: Bikerakks’ first priority is to be an effective cycle stand. The perfect shape to lock a cycle to is a cycle design as the lockable loops are in the perfect position to lock wheels and frames. It needs a soft yet robust coat and waste car tyres on the way to landfills are the perfect coat.

Atom: You use recycled materials to make the Bikerakks?

Duncan: We use waste recycled car tyres and are working on a new cycle stand coated in waste plastic from the likes of waste fish crates and fruit bins.

Atom: All of the Bikerakks I’ve seen are black. Are they available in different colors?

Duncan: Yes, any color you’d like.

Atom: Can you do custom manufacturing for even more artsy installations? How about boring “A”, “U” and other utilitarian looking styles, but with recycled bike-friendly coatings?

Duncan: Yes,  we can work with customers who want custom designs, or more utilitarian looking designs.

Atom: Aside from the aesthetics and coating, what else makes Bikerakks different than other bicycle racks?

Duncan: Our latest Bikerakk can be a standalone bicycle stand or have a new disc we have developed clip in and out of the back wheel which can be used for company signage, community notices, cycling maps, branding, etc.

Atom: Over what period of time can the cost of a new Bikerakk be amortized by advertising revenue?

Duncan: If someone wants to sell advertising in their Bikerakks the return would depend on their location and the eyeballs that see their Bikerakk. One example of a Bikerakk installed in New Zealand paid for itself in just under 2 months through ad revenue.

Atom: Wow! Having grown up just outside of NYC, I’d have to think that some markets could have these Bikerakks paid for and generating profit with a few hours of ad revenue! Facility managers and bean-counters no longer have an excuse of looking at bicycle parking as an “expense” anymore when it could be a direct source of revenue!

Atom: How many Bikerakks are currently installed in NZ? In and around Wellington?

Duncan: We are now in eight cities and towns in New Zealand and Wellington has seven Bikerakks installed.

Atom: What city or facility has the most Bikerakks installed?

Duncan: Hastings has 55 Bikerakks through out the town and around Havelock North – Check it out:
www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/local/news/opera-house-bike-stands-spark-interest/3951095

Atom: What kind of feedback have you been getting about the Bikerakks?

Duncan: Cyclists absolutely love them and Councils are also getting amazing feedback from the public who also love them as a piece of sculpture that improves public spaces and promotes cycling.

Atom: Many cities, universities and facilities now have formal design and installation requirements for bicycle racks. Do the Bikerakks tend to be acceptable under these newer requirements?

Duncan: Bikerakks do meet these requirements. What we’re also finding is that Bikerakks are delivering more than being just a cycle stand – through it’s design it helps promote cycling in a city and the sculptural design is also appealing.

Atom: Where do you see the company in five years? Ten years?

Duncan: Our ambition is to be a massively successful export company known worldwide for our iconic and effective cycle stands based in Wellington and employing lots of Wellington people.

Atom: What kind of cycling do you do? What kinds of bikes do you ride?

Duncan: Matt is a mad keen mountain biker and rides an Avanti. I’m a cruiser and ride a Scott Speedster. I biked from Wellington over to Martinborough recently. I won’t be getting a Tour de France call up but I love it.

Atom: There are plenty of things that cities can do to promote cycling; what are your top-five wish-list items?

Duncan:
1. Dedicated cycling lanes.

2. Make dedicated cycle lanes lead into the centre of the city and locations where people want to go so that cycling would be the most convenient transport method to get there then you will get more people cycling which improves peoples’ health and reduces traffic congestion and pollution.

3. Lots of effective cycle stands with a coating that won’t chip bike frame paint in locations where cyclist want to use them. They need to be within 20-50 meters from cycle stop destinations.

4. Cycle racks on buses and trains so that you can use public transport integrated with cycling to move around the city and region.

5. An appropriate level of local government and central government funding to deliver my above four points. Cycling has so many benefits for society in terms health, recreation, family fun, commuting and the reduction of pollution and congestion through less  motor vehicles – it‘s a no-brainer as a positive contribution to society and should receive more funding.

6.  To achieve these objectives a city needs passionate cyclists, effective in local politics working in council responsible for cycling. We have seen at a number of councils people responsible for cycling who don’t cycle; they just aren’t effective at improving cycling in a city as they don’t really really care about improving cycling.

7. We must encourage our young to get into cycling at school. Schools should have bikes for those that can’t afford them and children should bring bikes along to school if they are able to and participate in fun cycling activities organized by the schools to get them enthusiastic about cycling.

Atom: That’s one of the longest top-five lists I’ve ever seen, but I’m glad you gave a little extra because #6 hits the nail on the head with the word “passionate”. That’s exactly what it takes to not just get things done and put a tick-mark in a box, but get them done right. Great ideas! I look forward to your campaign for local office!

Thanks, Duncan, for taking the time to talk! Best of luck with the new company!