Tagged: cycling

More than 147km – the transformative potential of the Wellington bike network plan - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 24, 2021

Feature image by Luke Pilkinton-Ching, University of Otago Wellington   Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak, Ryan Gage* Wellington City Council is currently consulting on a cycle network for Wellington. This is a big deal. WCC are proposing a 147km cycle network around the city, the vast majority of which is new. This will mean most suburbs in the city have … Read More

Electric cars alone won’t save the planet. We’ll need to design cities so people can walk and cycle safely - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Nov 19, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   At the COP26 climate summit, world politicians patted themselves on their backs for coming to a last-minute agreement. Humanity now waits with bated breath to see if countries implement the commitments they made, and if those commitments help the planet. If the rest of our climate progress mirrors the policies around transportation, we’re … Read More

Why calling ordinary Kiwi cyclists ‘elitist’ just doesn’t add up - News

Guest Author Jul 28, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   Something strange has happened to the perception of cyclists and cycling in the more than 200 years they’ve been around. Once a novelty, bike riding has moved from being a critical transport mode to a children’s pastime to now being popularly perceived as an elitist activity. This was readily apparent after the recent … Read More

Slaves to speed, we’d all benefit from ‘slow cities’ - Guest Work

Guest Author May 21, 2021

Paul Tranter, UNSW and Rodney Tolley, Staffordshire University   Slowing transport in cities provides immense benefits for the health of people, economies and the planet, so why are we still obsessed with speed? As Mahatma Gandhi observed: There is more to life than increasing its speed. This speaks to our own physical and mental well-being, as well as to … Read More

Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 24, 2020

Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact sports such as rugby, the consequences of a … Read More

Will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Jul 03, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Do you think the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown will slow or possibly reverse the effects of climate change (due … Read More

Auckland Bike Life - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 11, 2020

Once again the Aotearoa Bike Challenge is on us, and once again I’m participating. In principle this is not hard because it does not represent a significant switch in behavior for me. I already bike nearly every day. The Bicycle The fascinating thing about cycling is the realisation that this is not an archaic form of transport. The bicycle is … Read More

Back on the bicycle - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 24, 2019

I am back on the bicycle. The accident and ensuing recovery time, (and some work in China) postponed a return. Nonetheless, I’m undeterred. It’s good to be back on the saddle. The Social Cost of Accidents One of the reasons we give for why motor vehicles produce economic inefficiencies, is their social cost. Some of this is easy to … Read More

Lessons from Canada for NZ: Carbon, Cycling, Tobacco, Nutrition and Cannabis - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 08, 2019

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Amanda Jones, A/Prof George Thomson Canada has a number of progressive public policies which can influence health. In this blog we briefly look at 6 potential lessons for NZ in the domains of: (i) responding to climate change; (ii) supporting cycling; (iii) tobacco control; (iv) controls on food marketing directed at children; (v) healthy food … Read More