Hutt Road Consultation

Consultation on the Hutt Road cycleway closes today at 5pm. See our submission below for ideas and make your own submission on this hugely important piece of infrastructure here: http://cycleways.wellington.govt.nz
It’ll only take 5 minutes but every voice counts!

Hutt Road Cycleway Submission

Dear Wellington City Council Cycling team

I am writing on behalf of Frocks on Bikes. We aim to get more women on bikes in everyday life.  We would like to show our support for the proposed design of the Hut Road Cycleway.  

We support the proposal to remove hazards from the cycleway, remove parking and to separate people walking from people on bikes, as reflected in our response in the electronic form.  The addition of speed-bumps to entrances and exits of parking lots is also a good idea.  

We have a few questions about cycling culture and attitudes towards cyclists. We anticipate that once this cycleway is built there will be more cyclists and the potential for a  broader range of cycling types on the route.  The path is currently used by high numbers of long-distance commuters and sports cyclists, but I’m sure that there would be residents in Ngaio and Khandallah who could be converted to cycling, as well as Wellingtonians who would use the route to access shops along Hutt Road.  How will you encourage residents of Wellington to use the cycleway, especially once it connects safely to the city?   How will you ensure that the community will respond positively to the additional cyclists?  Also, how will you ensure drivers are aware of cyclists on the route – both at driveway entrances/exits and at the complex intersection at Ngauranga gorge and noting that cyclists (still) travel both ways on the cycleway?

Frocks on Bikes is happy to help. We can promote the route, could organise a ride to the opening day for the route and arrange a ride soon after opening to promote its everyday use.

The ‘Pink Path’ has created such a positive and exciting vibe for cycling in Auckland. It has also been really well used. It would be wonderful to create a similar buzz in Wellington. We are not suggesting that the Hutt Road Cycleway is such a flagship route, nor that it should be painted pink but we would encourage the council to consider a route or routes that might be.

We are excited about the prospect of safer cycling infrastructure in Wellington.  Thank you for considering our ideas.  

Frocks and helmets

We got on the TV recently – silly season coverage, but an important issue: reviewing the “compulsory helmets” law.

In case it’s not clear what Frocks On Bikes thinks about helmets – here’s our stance!

We support the sensible and well-researched position on helmets that the Cycle Advocates’ Network holds.

In essence – the current compulsion to wear helmets is turning many people off cycling, while not appreciably improving cycling safety overall and having other negative side-effects.  It’s time New Zealand reviewed the law  – taking account of how more people, cycling in everyday life, can make us and our cities better off.

See the press release below –  check out the links to some really eye-opening research!

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Velo-City Fundraising and Voting

Frocks on Bikes isn’t the only team from Wellington heading over to Velo-City this year! While we’re busy raising the funds to send Christina over to Vienna to tell the world about the Frocks story, Jack Jiang has also been asked to present his designs. So give Jack your vote for the Cycling Visionaries Award, then head on over to Pledge Me, to give Frocks your support!

visionaryawardsWellington’s own Jack Jiang, a recent Victoria University architecture graduate has been asked to lecture at the Velo-City 2013 conference in Vienna, Austria in June about his unified designs for Wellington cycling infrastructure.

He is also up for a Cycling Visionaries Award. The winner receives a free conference ticket worth $1300nzd.

Please vote for him here:

http://velo-city2013.com/?page_id=2337&project_id=11

The voting closes 15th of April so vote now. Good luck Jack.

BikeYourCity

Frocks on Bikes Tauranga featured in AA Directions Magazine

We are so very pleased! Frocks on Bikes Tauranga is featured in the Summer 2012 issue of AA Directions magazine.

AA has dedicated this latest issue of their magazine to cycling in New Zealand. If you are a member of AA you will receive your copy in the post. The magazine is also available on line!

http://www.aa.co.nz/membership/aa-directions/features/summer-cycling/

BIG thank you to those ladies who showed up for the photoshoot. Several of us went for a ride afterwards as it was such a nice afternoon we couldn’t resist the opportunity to spin our wheels! There are 3 photos to view on the website. You can click on each one individually. Charlotte Grant and Amanda Hoyte look pleased as punch and Marianne Rastorfer shows us how the Europeans do it!

There is a poll on the AA website asking “If we could improve the safety of cycling on our urban roads, would you give cycling a go?” Yes or No. Take a minute to have your say!

Also, there is a prize drawing for two bicycles from Avanti. You must be an AA member to put your name in the draw. Good Luck!

Frocks on Bikes Tauranga

Inaugural Wairarapa Ride – photos!

Looks like the first Wairarapa ride went off with a bang! Thanks to Karen for sending these through.

Donna….Montessori teacher by day

Mel (who bought her bike on trade me especially for the ride!)

Ruth – winner of the Urlar wine “best-dressed” prizeEven the bike was dressed up with crochet wheel guard.

Can’t wait for the next one!