Bicycle Nelson Bays mission is to increase the numbers, activity and safety of cyclists in the Nelson region, with a particular focus on on- and off-road urban cycle routes. We aim to do this by:

  1. Campaigning for and being actively involved in the design of safer road conditions for cyclists.
  2. Campaigning for and being actively involved in the design of more practical, user friendly and aesthetically pleasing cycle routes and facilities.
  3. Working constructively with relevant groups, especially both local councils, to be an active and valued advocating voice for cycling in the Nelson region.
  4. Promoting cycling though positive media messages.

Core People

There are many people that over the years have worked hard to improve our city and get people on their bikes. We have a strong core group of people and we represent the current BNB team, but we're building on the hard work of many people that have were involved in Bicycle Nelson Bays and in other cycling groups over the years including Iain Dephoff, Paul Kerr, Richard Butler, Steven White, Tony Stevens and Anne FitzSimon.

John-Paul Pochin

John-Paul Pochin


John-Paul works primarily as a photographer but with a background in computing and graphics. He is responsible for getting the 'pro cycling' message out through various media channels and handles the everyday running of the website and Facebook page. John-Paul is a passionate cyclist, whether it's commuting, mountain biking or road biking.

Chris Allison

Chris Allison


Chris's background is in psychology. He is currently working as a researcher with a side interest in cycling issues, ranging from big projects like the region's Great Taste Trail to small challenges like actually getting out to ride! Good information backed with facts and figures is the foundation of BNB.

Sally Mackayn

Sally Mackay


Sally is public health nutritionist also keen to promote the health benefits of active transport. Sally is a keen cyclist and you may see her around town on her commuter bike, tandem or off-road on a mountain bike.

Will Andrews

Will Andrews

International Advocacy

Will Andrews is an architect and has been involved in design, consultancy and advocacy for better urban design for over a decade. Will is originally from Dublin where he was heavily involved in the Dublin Cycling Campaign. We are fortunate that he has now moved to Nelson and that he's brought his knowledge of cycling advocacy and infrastructure from around the world with him.


Jacqui Irwin

CAN Liaison

Jacqui is a long-time resident of Nelson who is keen to see cycling as the easiest and safest option for anyone who'd like to share the fun. She has four sons, two kickbikes, a mountain bike, and a round town bike for carrying loads. With a background in writing and local government, she is now involved in the voluntary sector and is the BNB representative on the Cycling Advocates' Network committee.

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