QLDC Annual Plan 17/18 – Cyclists voices count too!

QLDC Annual Plan 17/18 - Cyclists voices count too!

Bike’vember’s version of what QLDC’s illustration should look like!

Cyclists voices count too!

Bike’vember, alongside many Upper Clutha community organisations are currently writing submissions to QLDC commenting on our communities immediate needs which are not addressed, nor budgeted for within the QLDC Draft Annual Plan 2017-18.  All submissions are due this Friday 28 April.   You can have your say by creating your own submission to Council – many voices make a roar.  Read our draft submission here. Please feel free to use the information within for your own submission.  We’re also happy to take your constructive feedback on any major items you think we’ve missed out (please no grammatical or formatting advice), just email us at ride@bikevember.nz

We’ll also be attaching a summary of the feedback from our Bike’vember Survey 2016. Thank you again for participating – this report has helped us write this submission and will also go to help us plan for Bike’vember 2017.

Don’t let this chance go by for better commuter cycling infrastructure in and around our rapidly growing neighbourhoods.  Let QLDC know that we need to be proactive and not reactive with transport planning for the Upper Clutha.

Have your say and help improve how we get around our neighbourhoods and town centres…… because a Cycling Town is a Happy Town!

To view QLDC’s draft Annual Plan documents, click here.

To make your own submission, click here.

The Bike’vember Crew

Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson remembers attending a writing workshop in Wanaka in 2006, a young mum with a young child and a dream to, one day, possibly, audaciously, be a Full Time Writer.

Ten years on and Laura is the editor of Spoke Magazine, an international travel writer for Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora Magazine and a staff journalist on the Wanaka App. Laura has authored text books for school kids but it’s her new book, in the Bridget Williams Books BWB Text Series, that we’re all excited about.

 The Bike and Beyond: Life on two wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand is about cycling. But although there is a brilliant, breathless run down on Jack Bauer’s almost tour de force in the Tour de France, it’s not just about serious lycra-clad biking, it’s about the history, the quirks, the diversity, the originality and the simple joy of being out and about on two wheels.

Three good reasons to read it:

  1. It mentions Wanaka quite a bit. There’s a potted history of Sticky Forest, Good Rotations gets a mention on page 78 and Bike Wanaka are in there too.
  2. If you are not a bikey person, you learn bikey person terminology which is bound to be useful if you don’t want to be a complete “Fred” during #bikevember.
  3. It’s beautifully written, so buy it!

The launch for Laura’s book will be on Monday November 21st at Ruby’s Cinema from 5pm. There will be free nibbles and a book signing, followed by a screening (preview, people, it won’t even be mainstream released until December) of documentary film Le Ride. Tickets will sell as fast as the riders in the Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Downhill. You can buy them at Ruby’s.

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What my bike means to me

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Liz Breslin

When I moved from London to Auckland in 2001, top of my lifestyle list was to be able to ride to work. I ended up living in a nice little place called Clevedon and biking up and down the hills into Highland Park every day. I kept getting passed, in my skirt, on my oldskool but not cool wheels by shiny roadmobilers with massive thighs. I don’t really remember when or why I stopped riding and joined the procession of intimidating traffic on four wheels, but by the time we moved to Wanaka I was definitely more of a driver.

Things I like about riding a bike include, but are not limited to:

  • freewheeling backwards while going down a hill
  • standing up with perfectly parallel pedals
  • doing no handers round a corner
  • doubling

With this in mind, it’s clear why I don’t really fit in with the clichéd idea of the Wanaka bike scene.  But the combination of #bikevember and Laura Williamson’s book, The Bike and Beyond, have got me to get my bike and my ass into gear this month. Have reminded me that bikes are a good way to travel and notice and basically be.

It is very easy to make excuses about biking. I live so far out of town! Won’t somebody think about the children!? But it is classier to come up with fun solutions. Like this one: I’m going to keep my new-to-me-but-seriously-old bike at school and ride it for errands and meetings in town. It’s not as hardcore as the Clevedon hills but, with my new R2D2 bike helmet, it’s way more fun.

Thank you #bikevember for the bacon and being the reason.