Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
2 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 OPINION FOWLER HOMES NEW DESIGN AND BUILD STORE OPENING SOON 5140556AB Start Your Design Process Today Visit the Fowler Homes Design and Build Store 253 Queen Street 18 Offices Nationwide www.fowlerhomes.co.nz Call us now: 544 - 5574 Contact us! Reporters: Nelson 03 546 2833 Richmond 03 543 9601 Motueka 03 528 1263 fax: 03 546 2705 email: email@example.com Advertising: Nelson 03 546 2835 Richmond 03 543 9626 Motueka 03 528 1270 Classifieds 03 548 0119 fax 03 546 2705 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Having problems with your community paper delivery? email: email@example.com phone: 0800 800 515 and let us know. This means if you place your advert into all 3 papers 59,000 people will be reading! No other local Media can give you this sort of coverage! Nelson & Richmond Leader Readership - 49,000 people per week Motueka Golden Bay News Readership - 15,000 people per week NELSON CITY Richmond Motueka Nelson Lakes Murchison Collingwood Farewell Spit Rai Valley French Pass D'urville Island F 59,000 4789827AA Reach a whopping 78% of the Nelson Tasman Region! Cycling's a nice way to start the day February is Bike Wise Month so this week The Leader asked Bicycle Nelson Bays member John-Paul Pochin to share his thoughts on pedal power. Commuters: Bicycle Nelson Bays member John-Paul Pochin and daughter Megan on the family tandem. Photo: MATT LAWREY ' Unfortunately, humans can be reckless, and some just happen to be cycling at the time. ' John-Paul Pochin Itake my youngest daughter to school on a tandem bike most days. I really enjoy this time we have cycling together; it's very much shared time. I know exactly how long it will take to get from A to B regard- less of the traffic (under 10 minutes from The Wood to Hampden Street School) and I don't have the frustration of finding somewhere to park when I get there. Additionally, these short trips allow me to maintain a mini- mum level of fitness. On the other hand, when I drive my daughter to school I feel more like a taxi service. I generally arrive frustrated, the time I've spent in the car feels like wasted time and unless I drive home and pick up my bike, I have to pay to park at the office. I start my day in a completely different, and somewhat nega- tive, mood. I'm keen to show the positive side of cycling and get away from the car verses bike rhetoric that fuels resentment on both sides. It's worth noting that most cyclists are motorists too. Often cyclists are viewed as different and some people focus on behaviour they see as reck- less. Unfortunately, humans can be reckless, and some just happen to be cycling at the time. People often try to take short- cuts and don't always take the safest option. When driving do we always stick to the speed limit, stop at an orange light and indicate before turning? As pedestrians do we always use crossings or even look before walking into the road? I believe that increasing the number of cyclists in this region will have a positive impact on the standard of living of the peo- ple who live here. One day I hope that Nelson will be a showcase for the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, and not just in regard to cycling, although I believe that's a very big part of the solution, but in many aspects. I'd love tourists to come to Nelson and take back ideas of how towns could be. Bicycle Nelson Bays is a cycle advocacy group. To find out more visit bnb.org.nz or look them up on Facebook.
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