Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


UC expert calls for separate curbed-channelled bike lanes

UC expert calls for separate curbed-channelled bike lanes

September 11, 2012

A University of Canterbury (UC) cycling expert has called on the government to provide dedicated cycling curb and channeling separation to protect cyclists from traffic.

UC Professor Simon Kingham said international experience showed more people would bike to and from work to significantly help reduce the country’s petrol consumption. He made the comments today as part of UC’s Eco week.

``Many cycle planners from around the world including Portland, US which is one of the urban cycle success stories, often say build a separate cycle way and cyclists will support it.

``Cycling is so good and has so many benefits. It relieves congestion, reduces obesity, helps climate change, and we should do all that we can to encourage more people to cycle.’’

He said research suggested that if cycling numbers increased it would increase demand for cycle-friendly road infrastructure.

In 2010, 10 cyclists died, 149 were seriously injured and 695 suffered minor injuries in police-reported crashes on New Zealand roads. Earlier this year a coroner asked if cyclists should legally have to use cycle lanes where they are provided.

As part of Eco Week, a fashion on bikes – Cycle Runway – will be held on campus today. Cycle Runway will feature sustainable designer labels mixed in with the popular op shop collections.

Other Eco Week events include Professor Kingham’s public lecture: What If Cycling Was Safer Than Driving? Will take place on campus tomorrow.

A bikeathon to raise funds for Sierra Leone will be held tomorrow. Volunteer students and celebrities will ask for sponsorship and then bike for an hour. Sam Johnson and Dr Mark Quigley will battle it out for the greatest distance.

Eco Week website - http://www.sustain.canterbury.ac.nz/ecoweek.shtml


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels