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NZTA and Minister announce $24 million for cycle skills education
Major step forward in getting kids on bikes.
• 18-month transition phase now underway
• Close links with Bikes in Schools project
Connected networks for cycling are receiving serious attention from central and local government through the ongoing Urban Cycleways Programme. To complement this the NZTA and ACC recently agreed to approve funding for the implementation of a National Cycling Education System. This will form part of the NZTA's Safe System approach and the Cycling Safety Action Plan. Planned investment in the system is $24 million over four years, primarily shared between the Transport Agency, ACC and local government.
The new system's focused on giving people the skills they need at the right time in their life – from learning bike handling skills in primary school, through to learning road rules and how to ride on-road when they are ready. It will also offer opportunities for adults who haven’t ridden a bike for a while, with programmes designed to help them improve their skills on both standard and electric bikes.
An 18-month transition phase, led by the Transport Agency, is now underway. Here's the joint media statement by Transport Minister Simon Bridges and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse.
More info is available on the NZTA website here.
**HOT off the press..!**
2 June 2017 - Take a look at where CyWay construction is at - as presented to the Council Operations and Monitoring meeting yesterday.
Front page news: "Matua Hugo is awesome!"
2 June 2017 - Neat article about how much the east side kids are loving their new bikes thanks to the Bikes In Schools Trust, the new CyWay and of course how awesome Matua Hugo is.
Has the CyWay Fairy visited your kids?
CyWay bike light fairy visits Rotorua schools
31 May 2017 Rotorua students who ride their bike to school have had a nice surprise at the end of their school day.
As part of Rotorua Lakes Council’s campaign to Be Bright this winter, the Sustainable Transport team have been visiting schools and covertly attaching free lights to every bike.
So far John Paul College, Malfroy Primary, Lynmore Primary and Westbrook Primary have been visited by the CyWay bike light fairy with several more schools on the list.
So far around 180 bike lights have been given out to students.
Also left behind for children to find were bike safety information packs and, for those who already had lights, other bike gear as a prize.
The annual Be Bright campaign is aimed at getting more people who ride to use the correct lighting on their bikes.
Malfroy Primary School Information Technology Manager Shirley Lane said the kids were really excited to have their new bike lights.
“One boy told me that a car beeped at him and he thought was because he had his light on.
“On a morning that was really bleak I asked the children if they had their lights on when they rode to school. They all said yes,” Mrs Lane said.
In 2016 an amendment was made to vehicle lighting legislation that required all pedal cycles and power-assisted pedal cycles to have front and rear lights that, when turned on, are visible from a distance of 200 metres between the times of sunrise and sunset.
Not only is lighting legally required but is an important safety feature for anyone riding bikes, especially in the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is more likely to affect visibility.
During the few weeks the Sustainable Transport team will be out and about with the Rotorua Police setting up Be Bright check points along popular bike commuter routes so they can meet riders, tell them about the new rules and help to equip them with suitable bike lights.
The first pit stop was held this morning (31 May) from 6.30 – 8.30am at the Clayton Road/Fairy Springs Road intersection.
Keep an eye on the CyWay Facebook page to see where and when the next Be Bright pit stop will be.
NZ's favourite place to ride
15 May 2017
IS ...ROTORUA... we know this, but you have to vote so everyone else knows!
New Zealand cities battle it out for Top Town title (NZTA media release 15/5/17)
The NZ Transport Agency’s annual Favourite Places to Ride competition is proving more popular than ever with more than 6,800 nominations already received – well on track to break last year’s record.
This year the competition is bigger and better with a new Top Town award. This will go to the city or town that receives the most nominations across the Urban Ride, Off-Road or Adventure Ride and Community Facility categories.
It is exciting to watch the towns battle it out, says Transport Agency National Cycling Manager Dougal List. “The leader board has been constantly changing as residents rally in support of their local rides.”
“Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are all vying for the top spot with smaller centres like Rotorua and Taupo also giving them a run for their money. This is creating some regional rivalry as all of them are convinced they have what it takes,” says Dougal.
“Auckland has some of the best cycleways in the world, so of course we will take out the Top Town Award,” says Auckland Transport’s Manager of Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Kathryn King. “Auckland is a big, vibrant city and is also in the process of building a world-leading cycling network that will take you from the suburbs to the city, then out to the country or coast.”
Both Wellington and Christchurch believe they offer cyclists enough to take the title from the country’s biggest city.
Wellington has a fantastic range of cycle routes, says Wellington City Councillor and Public Transport, Cycling and Walking portfolio leader Sarah Free.
“We have the jewel in the crown, which is the Wellington waterfront. But we also have some fantastic, off-road paths which are like these little oases which take you out of the traffic, and bring a bit of joy to our daily commute.”
Christchurch City Councillor Mike Davidson, who is involved in the city’s cycle network, says riding a bike in Christchurch caters for everyone. “It’s one of the biggest cities in New Zealand and it is also mostly flat, which is inviting for a lot of people,” says Mike. “We also have our fair share of hills if you’re up for a challenge.”
Mike, a regular cyclist, says he does not think there will be much competition for the Top Town award. “I don’t think anywhere comes close to Christchurch.”
Nominations for New Zealand’s Favourite Places to Ride will be open until Wednesday 31 May and the winners will be announced in early June.
The categories for this year’s competition are:
- Urban ride (This category recognises rides around your town or city including new urban cycleways and shared paths)
- Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail
- Off-road or adventure ride (This category recognises off-road trails and mountain bike tracks) -
- Community facility (E.g. Bikes in Schools tracks, community bike parks and velodromes)
Simply by taking part Kiwis go in the draw to win their share of $1000 in bike shop vouchers.
The competition is part of the Government’s commitment to making cycling a safer and more attractive transport option for New Zealanders. Through Kiwis sharing their favourite routes it helps to encourage more New Zealanders get out on their bikes and discover new rides in their community and around New Zealand.
To find out more and to nominate your favourite places to ride, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/favplaces
Rotorua Bike Festival 2017
17 February 2017 - The CyWay Team held two events this year for the Rotorua Bike Festival. The events were both 'Frocks on Bikes' events. After the success of last years' Frocks on Bikes 'Froctober Fashion Show', a decision was made to do it all over again for the Rotorua Bike Festival. The theme was 'Frock 'n Roll' and was held at Eat Streat on Valentine's Day. The shows' aim was to prove that you don't have to be lycra-clad or be a hard-core mountain biker to ride a bike. Twenty-four models participated ranging from 4 - 85 years! There was also a 'Frocks' ride that went from the Government Gardens to visit the new CyWay project on Ward Ave / McIntyre Reserve and followed the Puarenga Stream track through Sulphur Point and back to the Government Gardens. Deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson came along for the ride and gave an impromptu tour of the old landfill site in the Sanatorium Reserve and showed off a secret hot pool!
Cycle safety focus of free workshop
A free and fun cycling safety workshop has seen both children and adults out on their bikes and gaining biking confidence - and there are more opportunities on the way for those who missed out.
Mountain bike patrol to start in Rotorua
The number of Rotorua mountain biking claims to ACC has almost quadrupled in the past five years - prompting the organisation to help fund a new mountain bike patrol in the Whakarewarewa Forest.
Bikes grace the catwalk
Models have taken to a Rotorua catwalk rocking vintage outfits and bicycles as their main accessories.
Fashion show aims to get people biking
It's hoped a vintage-themed fashion show where the main accessory is a bicycle will encourage Rotorua people to get on their bikes.
The Frocks on Bikes Froctober Fashion Show is being held Friday in the Galleria at the Rotorua Lakes Council from 5.30pm.
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students on their bikes as part of new cycling initiative.
Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students got out and about on two wheels today as they took part in a new initiative to get students biking to study.
The Rotorua Lakes Council and Waiariki have teamed up, taking nine students for a bike ride around the Springfield area.
Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up
An interesting write up from an outside point of view on the Rotorua CyWay network and key pieces of infrastructure already in place here.
Be Courteous at Crossings, Says Transport Boss
19 March 2016 - Rotorua’s four red and white inner-city pedestrian crossings have created some interesting discussion which Rotorua Lakes Council is keen to provide further education around.
To add to the discussion, after Easter, there will be three new red courtesy crossings – next to roundabouts on Hinemaru, Hinemoa and Amohia Sts – and road users need to understand the road rules around them and the pedestrian crossings.
The red and white pedestrian crossings are both legal and reflect accepted road management practice, said Stavros Michael the council’s director of transport and waste solutions.
“But motorists, pedestrians and footpath users, as always, need to be watchful of the environment and take appropriate care in these shared spaces,” he said.
White on red is now common for pedestrian crossings both in New Zealand and overseas including in the United Kingdom.
Work to Start on Cycleways to link Rotorua Suburbs
6 February 2016
Work is about to start on new cycleways which will provide safe cycling routes throughout the city and connect Rotorua suburbs. The urban cycling programme, Cy-Way, will link to existing cycleways on main routes and to the inner city and is part of an urban cycling strategy aimed at encouraging more people to ride bikes. Full Article Here
Feedback Sought for Cy-Way Development
Rotorua residents are being asked for feedback about cycling to help with planning for the urban Cy-Way network which will connect suburbs to main cycling routes and the central city. The Cy-Way project will see the creation of 23.7km of cycleways and shared paths. Some existing infrastructure will also be improved. The network will make cycling safer and accessible for more people, including children, connecting communities to schools, work, the central city and forest trails by linking to existing cycleways. Full Article Here
Funding to fast-track Rotorua cycling network
$1.5m boost for Rotorua Cy-Way urban cycleways project
26 June 2015
A government funding boost is set to fast track Rotorua’s planned urban cycleways network.
The $1.5m funding injection for the local Cy-Way project was announced in Rotorua yesterday by Prime Minister John Key as part of the Government’s $296 million Urban Cycleway Programme (UCP). Rotorua’s $5.52m Cy-Way project will see the development of a network of 23.7km cycling and walking paths that will connect the central city and forest mountain bike trails. Full Article Here
Mayor welcomes cycleway funding
23 August 2014 Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has welcomed the government’s announcement that $100 million is to be made available over four years for urban cycleway development across the country.