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Even International Decision-Makers Affect Us in North Canterbury

13 July 2009


‘Spot the Cyclist’ campaign in Taupo

18 May 2009

The Bike Taupo team were looking for a way to promote and recognise urban cycling in Taupo during Bike Wise Month. They wanted to reward cyclists for their daily commutes rather than specific event rides.

The Bike Taupo committee were briefed with the task of spotting five cyclists per week during Bike Wise Month. The council teamed up with four local bike shops – Avanti Corner Shop, Top Gear Cycles, Huka Cycles Taupo and Life Cycles – to put together 20 goody bags.

The ‘spotted’ cyclists were then approached to have their pictures taken for the local paper and given a goody bag in return.  The bags included a $20 voucher for one of the local bike shops and lots of Bike Wise goodies such as puncture repair kits and reflective snap bands.

The mix of cyclists photographed included students cycling to school, commuters and people off to do their weekly shop. Feedback was extremely positive with most people very grateful to win a prize and happy to have their pictures taken. Based on the success of the promotion, Bike Taupo will be continuing the promotion for the 2010 Bike Wise campaign.

Any queries or advice on running a Spot the Cyclist campaign can be directed to Richard Hine or Thomas Schwarz by email: bikewise@

10 Reasons Why “Walk for the Planet” is Cool!

9 December 2008

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Walking for 30 to 60 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. It is also a way to be kind to the environment and connect with Planet Earth. Here are ways that you can use walking to reduce, reuse and recycle.



1. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with a Daily Walk

Reduce! If you take a walk for the minimum daily requirement suggested for good health – 60 minutes per day – you will cover about 3 miles. If you use that walk to eliminate a car trip, you have saved 2 kilograms of carbon emissions. Over the course of a year, that’s 730 kg just by doing what you should be doing to keep your body healthy instead of driving. Also, time spent walking is less time spent using electricity, heat and air conditioning, unless you are doing it on a treadmill in front of the TV.



2. Find the Great Walks in Your Neighbourhood

Reduce! If you haven’t explored your own neighbourhood on foot, you may not know how walkable or unwalkable it is. You can use to find, measure and map walking routes right here in Christchurch. You can view your area as a map or satellite view or combo so you can spot the better places to enjoy walking. Don’t drive to the gym – walk there or find a walk in your area to replace that trip to the gym.



3. Use a Refillable Water Bottle

Reuse! Bottled water bottles are a huge strain on the waste management and recycling systems. Don’t use it once and toss it. Buy a good quality water bottle and refill it. Don’t be afraid of tap water – Christchurch has one of the best and freshest city tap water systems; but if you’re still not satisfied, use a water filter.



4. Make Your Own Walking Snacks

Reduce and Reuse! If you make your own trail mix from the bulk foods section of your store, you reduce all of the individual packaging and processing of energy bars and get fewer additives. Carry it in a refillable container rather than disposable plastic bags. You can also make your own sports drinks to put into your refillable water bottle.



5. Walk Off Weight and be Less of a Burden to the Planet

Reduce! Exercise such as walking is an important part of any weight loss program. You must still watch how much you eat in order to lose weight. But walking helps you build healthy lean muscle, lose inches of fat, and pump up your metabolism. If you eat less and weigh less, you cost the planet less energy to support you and transport you.



6. Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes

Reduce! Study after study has shown that walking and exercise reduces your risk of many major diseases. Preventing a major illness creates significant savings for the environment – you aren’t driving to the clinic or pharmacy or taking up a hospital bed or nursing home bed. You aren’t using up sterile medical supplies or expensively manufactured drugs. Give yourself 30-60 minutes a day of brisk walking as one of the best bets to prevent major illness.



7. Walk Through Your Vacations

Reduce! Why not travel by foot? You can reduce your carbon footprint – no emissions from cars or airplanes. It will allow you to really slow down and unwind after your hectic days at work – no more stress just take your time. Take more time to look around – admire the scenery, connect with nature, and connect with people.



8. Walking Boosts Your Brain Power

Reuse! Many studies are showing that walking and exercise can help keep your mind clear and enhance your thinking abilities as well as your mood. Happy, clear thinking people can make better decisions for the future of the planet. Use and reuse your brain to find ways to help your own health and the health of the planet.



9. Recycle Your Walking Shoes

Walking shoes have a lifespan of about 500 miles, by which time they have lost their cushioning and support. You wear them at your own risk of injury such as plantar fasciitis. Don’t keep more than one old pair around for gardening; but put your old shoes to work as basketball courts and running tracks.



10. Get Started: It’s Easy to Get Started Walking

All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and to get yourself out the door. You can reap the benefits of walking from doing several shorter walks or one longer walk during the day.


Spring is here, and summer is coming – so get outside and Walk for the Planet!

Climate Change

20 December 2007

There are a variety of views about climate change around – some of them to do with the Waimakariri District Council!

Seriously though, you might find the following video clip from YouTube an interesting exercise in logic:

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