Social shared spaces are more important than ever

Social shared spaces are more important than everThese days, we’re all thinking about public space and breathing room on our paths through pandemic lenses. Way back in August 2019, Ben Mansfield asked for your feedback on the social aspects of the Waterview Shared Path for his honours dissertation. Now, in the time of COVID-19 and physical distancing, he reflects on what the …
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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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Bikes love local businesses – time for more vice-versa?

Bikes love local businesses - time for more vice-versa?Of all the arguments in favour of encouraging city cycling, perhaps the hardest for some people to swallow is that bikes are good for business. Why? Because many business owners believe that parking and cars  – rather than the people who arrive in cars – are the main source of their business. Parking, in particular, …
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Bike Boom – a book for all of us!

Bike Boom - a book for all of us!Today is the last day to chip in and reserve a copy of Bike Boom, the new book by Carlton Reid. Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence in Cycling is a sequel to Reid’s earlier best-seller Roads Were Not Built for Cars, which grew out of his excellent blog of the same name. (The earlier book was so popular it’s already out of …
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Inequality and cycling in Denmark

In a previous post, we looked at whether cycling is something only the wealthy do. It turns out that even in the United States, people on low incomes do cycle more. Presumably because it offers them a cheap and reliable (especially considering the United States’ poor transit options) form of transport. But can cycling really …
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UPDATED – Obesity and cycling: The NZ disconnect

UPDATED UPDATE: And Chris Boardman in the UK has also named cycling as a great way to combat obesity. UPDATE: I thought this post deserved a bump when I saw this article by obesity.org which states that: New research ties bike-friendly infrastructure changes in United States cities to increases in “active commuting” by bike-riding residents, …
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Economic benefits of cycling

From much of the rhetoric heard around cycling, you would think that it was an activity that required huge amounts of spending with very little economic return. However, the clear evidence is very much in favour of the opposite view. The investment needed to encourage cycling as an everyday activity is tiny compared to roading or public …
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