NEW ZEALAND CYCLING SYMPOSIUM 2000 "Making Cycling Viable” Glen Koorey Principal Researcher, Traffic Engineering & Road Safety Opus Central Laboratories, Lower Hutt (Committee Member, NZ Cycling Advocates Network)
Introduction • 14 - 15 July 2000 (Fri - Sat) • Previous Symposium held in Hamilton 1997 • Massey University, Palmerston North • “Green Bike” Scheme • >40 papers presented by a wide range of participants • Highlighted the importance being placed on Cycling as a viable alternative form of transport
Participants Over 150 Attendees: Transport Planners Policy Makers (MPs) Cycling Advocates (CAN, local groups) Pedestrians! Representing: Central Govt Consultants Community Groups Traffic Engineers Health Professionals Bicycle Industry Cyclists! Local Govt Public Health Orgs Individuals
Principal Speakers • Principal speakers (via videolink to UK) • John Grimshaw, chief executive of Sustrans • UK National Cycling Network • Dr Mayer Hillman, UK Policy Studies Inst • BMA report "Cycling: Towards Health and Safety" • Other keynote / overseas speakers: • Roger Toleman, Ministry of Transport • Roger Boulter, NZ Cycling Strategy Project • Michael Oxer, Australian Bicycle Industry • Bronwen Thornton, Q’land State Cycle Unit
Topics Covered • Health & Safety • Education & Promotion • Engineering Details • Developing Routes / Networks • Research • Central Government Policy • Local Authority Policies • Advocacy
Recommendations From the wrap-up session: 1. Government engages with the cycling community in developing its long term, “Sustainable Transport Strategy” 2. Ministry of Transport develop a separate National Cycle Strategy • linked with the national transport strategy 3. All roads have, as a minimum design standard, safe provision for cyclists
Recommendations cont’d 4. MOT identifies suitable funding processes for cycle facilities 5. Bicycle industry develop a levy used to promote cycling 6. Government recognises the health, environment, economic, safety and social benefits of greater cycling 7. Local Govt recognises overall benefits to their communities of greater cycling
Recommendations cont’d 8. Individuals and organisations wishing to show their support for cycling join Cycling Advocates' Network 9. Central/Local Govt recognises and improves communication with NZ's existing pool of cycling expertise and research capability 10. Where central/local government rely on voluntary sector cycle groups for cycling expertise, a fee for service is provided
Other Highlights / Comments • Videos! • UK Speakers • Queensland “Share the Road” TV advert • Netherlands experience • Cyclists & Pedestrians • Sharing pathways • Working together for non-motor modes • Long-term Health vs Safety Risk • Need for more “Non-converts” present?
The Future Next Cycling Symposium: • held in Christchurch • September 2001 • Contact Alix Newman, Chch CC • Progress on 10 Recommendations will be presented in one of the opening sessions • Local progress…?
Further Information • Symposium Papers on EECA website: • http://www.eeca.govt.nz (follow the 'Transport' signpost) • Copy of Proceedings Book from EECA? • Sheralee MacDonald / Liz Yeaman • Contact Cycling Advocates Network: • Glen Koorey Opus Central Laboratories, Lower Hutt Glen.Koorey@opus.co.nz