"Girls in cycling friendly countries continue to cycle into adulthood, whilst in many other countries they tend to give up during the teenage years. Why? "
The film "Beauty and the Bike" follows two groups of young women, one from Darlington in England where nearly all teenagers have stopped cycling. Another is from Bremen where most teenagers use a bike. The film explores why the attitudes of the two groups towards cycling is so different.
We hope the film and discussion will be the first step in creating a cultural shift in attitudes towards cycling for teenagers in Nelson.
After the film, guest speaker Julie Anne Genter, a transport planner and transport spokesperson for the Green Party will give a short talk on the issues covered in the film followed by general discussions on the topic.
The bar will be open from 6:30pm until 7:30pm so feel free to come early for a drink and a chat.
For more information about the film "Beauty and the Bike" can be found on the website http://www.bikebeauty.org/New_2011_Edition_BATB/Home.html
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It's just over a year since we created our Facebook page. In that short time the popularity of our page has been the fastest growing of any cycle advocacy group in New Zealand and we now have more likes than almost any other group.
We say almost because Bike Taupo has 923 likes, 117 more than us and very close to 1000 ! We'd like Nelson to get there first and we're hoping you can help.
We need you to like Our Page if you haven't already and ask all your friends to do the same.
OK this challenge is a bit of fun but numbers are important. Showing how much support there is for cycling gives us a stronger voice when pushing for changes that make cycling safer and more attractive.
Increasing cycling numbers and reducing our overall dependency on motor vehicles is good for everybody. This is BNB's primary focus and the work that we do is relevant to you whether you're a road cyclist, mountain biker, cycle commuter, new to cycling, keen to start cycling or never ever in a million years want to get on a bike.
Creating better cycling infrastructure is not only good for cyclists, it's good for motorists too; It reduces cycle-motor vehicle conflict, reduces pollution and reduces congestion at a fraction of the cost of building new roads (and yes, cyclists do already contribute to the cost, even those that don't own a car: Road Funding in New Zealand).
As well as reducing the need for more roads, a healthier, more active population reduces the burden on our health service too - yes, cyclists are helping reducing your tax ! Of course a city that isn't clogged up with cars is also more pleasant to live, work or shop in and it's more attractive to tourists too.
Please help us create a healthier, more vibrant and a more prosperous city. Thank you to everybody who has supported us.
Thanks to all those that came to the movie night at The Freehouse Yurt last night and a big thank you to Mic at the Freehouse for the venu and for letting us use the newly laid grass for the bike tuneups.
Amme organises films every fortnight on Tuesday evenings at the yurt so if you want to be added to the mailing list send us an email and we'll pass it on. We were very pleased to be invited to talk at this one; It was a really good opertunity for BNB to give an update on what we've been doing and the positive things that are happening in Nelson. We hope to be doing more of these types of events in the near future so watch this space. If you have a film that you'd like BNB to show let us know and we'll try and arrange it.
A final thank you for Nelson City Councils for providing a box full of giveaways for the event last night. Expect to hear a lot more bells on the shared paths.
The lack of good cycling infrastructure has meant that until recently the vast majority of the cyclists you saw on the road were the 'hardened' cyclist. Like plants, those cyclists who battle against hostile environments end up looking like a particular species - for plants it’s cactus and in cycling it's the road-warrior above on the left.
But things are changing, and the reality for cycle commuting is increasingly that of a different image and approach. The type of cycle commuter BNB and the council are providing for through improvements to infrastructure, such as the off road cycle lane on St. Vincent St. and the shared boulevard on Rocks Rd., is more like the rider on the right. This is what cycle commuting increasingly looks like in overseas cities as it becomes mainstream, and not the preserve of a few 'road catcti'.
So we understand a concern raised by The Waterfront Association about the Rocks Road boulevard; they see "any shared pathway that mixes commuting cyclists with walkers strolling around the waterfront …" as a bad move, and we understand that position when ‘commuter’ means high-speed road-warriors. The cyclist on the left is almost certainly going to be happier on the road than sharing a path with pedestrians. And fast moving cyclists like this aren’t welcome on our shared paths right now - it's not who they're designed for, they're designed for less confident and slower riders.
With the 'food and water' of better infrastructure we’re now starting to see the 'blossoming' of a cycle comunity consisting of ordinary people out there on bikes, and road cacti are becoming the minority. The future that we see is one where the car is used less for shorter journeys and where we don't need to use so much of our valuable city spaces to store them. It's a future where children can cycle safely to school or the beach with their friends. It's happening around the world in other cities and it’s almost within the grasp of us here in Nelson, but we're not going to get there without everyone doing their bit.
How you can help?