Why you are the happiest of all commuters

Why you are the happiest of all commutersYou know that warm, happy-inside feeling that often comes with a bike ride? It’s not just you; academics have known about it for some time. Now, a new piece of research out of Auckland University has thrown more light on it. Why are cyclists the happiest commuters? Health, pleasure and the e-bike is a paper …
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Electric City: What Academic Research Tells Us About the Future of E-bikes

Electric City: What Academic Research Tells Us About the Future of E-bikesElectric bikes are not only heaps of fun to ride, they have the potential to transform how we commute. Understanding that potential is the job of The Future of the Bike, a collaborative research project that examines how innovations in bicycle technology and city planning can support urban sustainability in New Zealand. The project’s most …
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Bike lanes and businesses: When the numbers do the talking

Bike lanes and businesses: When the numbers do the talkingIf we had a dollar for every time we’ve been told that removing traffic lanes and car parking to make way for cycle lanes will kill local businesses, we could just about fund the lanes ourselves. It’s a classic barbecue assertion. And, like any other dodgy assertion, it withers in the face of the data. …
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Walk or bike your way to better health says new NZ research

Walk or bike your way to better health says new NZ researchWe campaign for a more bike-friendly city for all sorts of reasons – it’s fun; it’s a smart and cheap way to add transport capacity to existing roads; it’s a brilliantly efficient way to address our climate change imperatives… and of course, going by bike is actively good for you. The health angle is boosted …
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Fear’s fair – but how rational is our risk assessment?

Fear's fair - but how rational is our risk assessment?Keen to ride your bike around town, but worried it’s a risky business? You’re not alone, and that’s why we work for safer streets for people on bikes. But hold up! When you crunch the numbers, even under current conditions, riding a bike is not nearly as dangerous as you might think, compared to other things we get up to. …
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Heading in the right direction? Experts put Auckland in context

Heading in the right direction? Experts put Auckland in contextLukas Adam has recently finished a spatial planning degree at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and is moving back to Auckland to put theory into practice. As he discovered in his dissertation research, planning for cycling in spread-out cities like Auckland is mostly about infrastructure, but you can’t ignore the context… What’s the single biggest barrier to seeing more …
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On habits, habitats, and happy communities – a report from the Asia Pacific Cycle Congress

On habits, habitats, and happy communities - a report from the Asia Pacific Cycle CongressBikes and bike people poured into Brisbane recently for the 2015 Asia Pacific Cycle Congress, which attracted around 230 delegates from Australia and New Zealand, and a keynote speaker from San Francisco. This year’s focus: the economic benefits of cycling, links to the health sector, and new opportunities for the biking industry. Claire Pascoe, NZTA’s Senior Cycling Adviser, was lucky …
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