There’s some helpful cycling advice from Treehugger this week on making sure you claim back tax deductions for extra food as fuel expenses incurred while working – this might be particularly relevant to those many cycle couriers who burn extra calories whizzing about town all day long:
And there’s also ten tips to ugly your bike so no one steals it. Seems all you need is a bit of duct tape and plastic bag on the seat. I find a plethora of Green Party stickers help too.
- Run a national Share the Road promotional campaign telling motorists and cyclists how to co-exist safely on the roads.
- Change transport planning and funding processes to make sure key problem areas or gaps for cyclists (e.g. Ngauranga to Petone cycleway, Auckland Harbour Bridge) get fixed – no more long delays or buck-passing between various organisations.
- Spend less on road building and more on encouraging alternatives to driving – more motor vehicles on our roads only make things less safe and attractive for cycling.
- Promote the use of lower speed zones (particularly 30km/h).
- Change the tolerance for motor vehicle speed limit enforcement from 10km/h to a maximum of ten per cent of the posted speed limit.
- Increase the walking and cycling budget in the National Land Transport Programme by a factor of five.
- Change funding and audit processes to make sure that all roading projects improve the environment for cycling.
- Change the driver licensing system and driver instruction (including bus and truck drivers) so motorists are educated about how to take care around cyclists.
- Fund and promote nationwide roll-out of cycle skills training for children and adults.
I like numbers 6 and 7. Although I would have thought that was the bare minimum increase needed.