Saturday 25th March

CAN DO national conference

Where: Wellington
When: All weekend

A national gathering of the bike tribes, to talk about advocacy and development of NZ's bike culture.

The Cycling Action Network is running its regular national get-together for bike advocates in Wellington this year. It’s a wonderful chance to compare notes with people from all over the country about how to move things forward, especially in an election year. And this year’s theme taps into the grand historical sweep of bikes past and future: it’s the BikeBiCentennial, celebrating 200 years of fun, freedom and adventure!

When:  Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 March 2017

Register online here.

  • Members: Early bird $80 (after 6 March it’s $100), or $60 for a day (not including Saturday evening dinner)
  • Non-Members: $140 whole weekend, $80 day (consider joining CAN to save)

If cost is a barrier, CAN has some limited funds to help local groups send advocates.

Where:  Mezzanine Meeting Room, Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street. As well as being central, the venue has generous bike parking, and Wellington yarnbombers are already decorating the stands.

Photo: Patrick Morgan/ Cycle Aware Wellington.
Cosy bike racks outside the Wellington Central Library (Photo: Patrick Morgan/ Cycle Aware Wellington.)

What’s on:

BiketribesCANCAN DO is about linking up with advocates from around the country. We’re working on a programme that will facilitate your network building. A draft programme will be available shortly, but is likely to include:

  • An informal dinner on Friday night, with a showing of Century of Cycling, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision’s compilation of historic cycling films.
  • Updates on progress from Wellington and around the country, with presentations from advocates, councils, and NZTA.
  • Election year: how do we get a bike-friendly government?
  • Skills sessions for bike advocates
  • Cycle tourism: how has Nga Haerenga helped tourism and business?
  • E-Bikes: update on rules, and a chance to ride one
  • Getting more kids on bikes
  • CAN’s Share the Road project
  • A conversation with Fulton Hogan on roadworks and signalling
  • New initiatives: Bikes Welcome and ReBicycle
  • Tours of Wellington bike routes, including the World Famous Frocks On Bike Laneway Art tour

Not to mention the epic Post CAN Do Ride – see below

Accommodation Options

YHA Wellington, Courtenay Place
Halswell Lodge, Kent Tce
Air BNB
Warm Showers hospitality network for touring cyclists
If you can offer a billet, contact Patrick.
If you want a billet, contact Patrick.

Bike Hire
Switched-On Bikes, Queens Wharf, e-bikes and standard
Avanti Plus, Vivian St
List of bike shops

Getting Around
Online Journey Planner
Wellington Combined Taxi tel 04 384 4444

Wifi
CBD free wifi (Limits apply)

Post CAN DO ride

Monday 27 March
8:21am Train to Carterton
Ride to Carters Reserve, Gladstone vineyard or pub, and on to Martinborough, 47 km
Visit Martinborough wineries. Stay at a holiday home or the holiday park.

Tuesday 28 March
Ride to Featherston, 18 km
Rimutaka Trail to Upper Hutt, 3-4 hours
Hutt River Trail, or train to Wellington. 1-2 hours
Or ride around the south coast to Eastbourne. 

Other events
CAN DO coincides with the Cuba Dupa street festival. Check it out between sessions!

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