Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Transport Agency urging Kiwis to get Bike Wise this summer

31 January 2014

Transport Agency urging Kiwis to get Bike Wise this summer

The NZ Transport Agency is urging more Kiwis to get wise to the joys of cycling this February, with dozens of events planned around the country as part of Bike Wise Month, New Zealand’s annual celebration of cycling.

Bike Wise is a national cycling programme supported by the NZ Transport Agency to promote cycling as a fun and healthy way to travel, while encouraging all road users to share the road safely.

With hundreds of cycling related events on offer around the country throughout the month, there’s something for everyone. Events include family-friendly festivals, competitive races, women’s only events, cycle skills training and even a series of Big Bike Tune Ups where mechanics conduct free bicycle maintenance and safety checks.

“Bike Wise Month features plenty of opportunities for Kiwis to get involved in cycling and we’d love to see more people out there giving it a go this February. With more people out on bikes over the summer months, it’s also an ideal time to remind drivers and people who cycle to look out for each other, be considerate and share the road safely,” says Ernst Zollner, NZ Transport Agency Road Safety Director.

Mr Zollner said the NZ Transport Agency recently launched a Share the Roadeducation and advertising campaign designed to personalise and humanise people cycling so that motorists see beyond the bike. More information is available via www.nzta.govt.nz/about/advertising/other-advertising/share-the-road.html

This year marks the 12th year of the Bike Wise programme. In 2013, more than 800 events attracted some 75,000 participants nationwide.

Go By Bike Day
A highlight of Bike Wise Month is national Go By Bike Day on Wednesday 12 February, when New Zealanders are encouraged to leave their cars at home and cycle to work, school or wherever they’re going.

Safety first
Before hitting the road, brush up on your skills through the official New Zealand code for cyclists and remember these key tips for sharing the road safely:

Safety Tips for people cycling
• Be prepared: Plan a safe route and check your bike before you start – brakes, tyres, chain, lights and reflectors.
• Be aware: Watch for car doors opening, potholes, rubbish, grates, and other hazards.
• Be confident: Ride in a straight line, at least one metre from parked cars if you can and take the lane when you have to. Use cycle lanes when you can.
• Be considerate: Try not to hold up the flow of traffic – if necessary, pull over to allow vehicles to pass.
• Be predictable: Make eye contact with other road users and signal your intentions clearly
• Be seen: Wear high visibility or brightly coloured clothing. Use front and rear lights at night, in low light and rain.
• Be patient: Slow down near parked or lined up vehicles. Pass slowly and only when safe.

Safety Tips for Motorists
• Be aware: Watch out for people on bikes, especially in low light or rain, before opening car doors and at intersections. Cyclists may be travelling faster than you expect.
• Be patient: Slow down near people on bikes and if need be, wait behind them. Pass slowly and only when it is safe. Ideally, leave a space of about 1.5 metres.
• Be considerate: Cyclists sometimes need to use the traffic lane for their safety. Please give them time and space to move in and out of the lane.
• When turning left: Remember that if you have passed someone on a bike just before approaching a traffic signal, driveway, bus stop or junction, it is very likely they will end up on your left-hand side or just in front of you – assume the cyclist is in one of your blind spots and do not turn until you know they’re safely out of your way.

For more information on the Bike Wise programme, activities happening in your area, cycle routes, bike info and more, visit the Bike Wise website www.bikewise.co.nz. You can also get cycling news and updates on the Bike Wise Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bikewise) and on Twitter www.twitter.com/bikewisenz.

For more information please visit www.nzta.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Christchurch: Fixing Town Hall Means Performing Arts Precinct Rethink

Christchurch City Council’s decision to spend $127.5 million fixing the Town Hall means not all the land currently designated for the city’s Performing Arts Precinct is required, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news