Cycling for Cleaner Air in Belfast – with Sustrans

The Comber Greenway from Comber to Belfast in Northern Ireland is a disused railway track that has been converted to make a combined walk and cycle way. It makes an ideal commuter route to the city, and it’s just one of several initiatives to promote cycling in Northern Ireland.

For this show I have come to East Belfast to meet with employees of Sustrans, a large UK charity that focuses on promoting walking and cycling in the UK. Imagine that! We have no such equivalent organisation in New Zealand.

Sustrans are here to promote the launch of Pedal Perks, which is part of the 4.4 million euro CHIPS project, a wider EU supported initiative that is working to improve air quality by promoting cycling.

This show has been recorded on the 5th June.

To listen to this programme about CYCLING FOR CLEANER AIR IN BELFAST please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=14e2c041-67d9-456e-bcbd-bbe24e6b932c

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This show was originally broadcast on the 13th July 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

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Claire Polock, Project Manager of CHIPS

Pamela Grove-White, Sustrans Active Travel Officer

 

Promoting the launch of Pedal Perks outside S.D.Bell’s cafe. S.D. Bells & Co Ltd is Ireland’s oldest independent tea importer and coffee roaster.

 

Map of the Comber Greenway, a 7 mile walk/cycleway that takes you into the city of Belfast

My guest Lynn who kindly stopped along the Comber Greenway to chat with me.

The Comber Greenway is a tranquil nature rich way to get to the city of Belfast

 

Walking the length of the South Island – with guest Becky Cameron

We live in an increasingly frantic and speeded up world. For many people, even driving at 100km/hour has become too slow. One major growing counter-revolution to this frenzy of hurry – is Slow Travel. And when it comes to slow travel – we can’t get much slower than walking.

Walking brings us experiences that we don’t have when we jump on a plane, in a car – or even on a bicycle. It changes us in good ways – both physically and mentally.

Someone who chose to Travel Slow by walking this summer, is Dunedin artist Becky Cameron, who walked the length of the South Island taking the Te Araroa Trail. I talk to her about why she did it, how it has changed her and what benefits we can expect with walking as our predominant mode of travel.

This show was recorded on the 27th of April 2017.

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This show was originally broadcast on the 11th May 2017 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Becky Cameron at her destination – Bluff – the south of the South Island of New Zealand

Travers Pass – just one of the outstanding landscapes Becky passed through.

Becky found much inspiration for her daily drawings in the landscape. Here is her drawing of Travers Pass.

Home again after two months away. Becky weeding out the thistles in her garden in Dunedin.

 

Why I like hitch-hiking – with guest Paul Armstrong

Is the idea of hitch-hiking something you regard with horror, or with fond memories of travel adventures from your youth?

According to WikiTravel.org, hitch-hiking in New Zealand is classified as Common, Easy and Legal. This mode of travel is good for our planet, for the simple reason that it turns single occupancy car travel into shared travel thus reducing the personal carbon footprint of each occupant.

Apart from the lofty goals of mitigating climate change, there are of course many other reasons why people hitch-hike – from the interesting people you can meet to low cost travel. In this show I chat with local Dunedinite Paul Armstrong who has hitched many times before and thoroughly enjoyed it. We chat about the unexpected as well as the expected joys of hitching, and share some of our life enriching hitching stories.

Please note. The risks of hitching are low but potentially serious. Before you stick your thumb out, I recommend you check out the website HitchWiki.org. Here you will find many safety tips, as well as as information on where to hitch in the various countries you visit, what to wear, and so on.

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This show was originally broadcast on the 3rd December 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Paul Armstrong

Low Carbon Ocean Sailing – with Eilish Wylie

On the 3rd December 2016 I went to the outskirts of a neighbouring village to me on the Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland, to talk with Eilish Wylie, who with her husband Richard recently travelled to South America and  back – on their yacht which Richard constructed in the backyard! The journey started for her husband in Northern Ireland with Eilish joining him in Northern Spain. Their story fascinates me because they have followed their dream to travel very adventurously and they have done it with sustainability in mind – living simply, using solar power for electrics and wind power to transport their ship. Diesel use was kept to an absolute minimum.

To listen to this programme about Low Carbon Ocean Sailing please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=6f053b89-4de4-4958-9f31-e40b225a6f7c

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This show was originally broadcast on the 15th December 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Eilish's husband built their boat, the G, in their backyard.

Eilish’s husband Richard, built their boat ‘Yacht Granuaile’ in their backyard. (Photo supplied by Eilish)

 

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(Photo taken by Eilish/Richard)

 

 

 

 

Cycle advocacy in Washington DC – with Barbara Klieforth

Like many cities around the world, Dunedin has embraced the vision of being a cycle friendly city. In this show I investigate some of the things Dunedin can learn from other cities like Washington DC to make continued improvements to our cycleways.

Washington DC is on the east coast of the US. It is a very beautiful city full of incredible buildings and museums most of which are absolutely free. As the capitol of the US, I was surprised that it was home to only 700,000 people, a number that is raised to over 1 million when you include the commuters fron the surrounding districts. Still – this is a lot of potential cyclists! In fact, DC is a great multi-modal city as it has a good underground metro as well as a comprehensive bus service.

I find it very interesting to visit cities to see how cycle friendly they are and it is even more interesting to find out how they have achieved what they have. During my stay in Washington DC, I was fortunate enough to meet with Barbara Klieforth, a lovely down to earth and proactive woman, who is passionate about cycling and is ex-president of WABA, the primary cycling advocacy group of Washington DC.

On the 15th June I spoke with Barbara Klieforth about commuter cycling in Wahsington DC. Please note that for this show, Barbara is speaking on her own behalf, not on the behalf of EPA or WABA.

Barbara Klieforth is an Environmental Toxicologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency or EPA as its better known. She is also a life-long committed cycling commuter. She is a member of WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association), an NGO that – 1. promotes cycling in the area, 2. advocates for improved cycling infrastruture, and 3. educates member of the community on safer cycling. Barbara was President of the Board of WABA for 10 years from 2001 to 2011. 

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This show was originally broadcast on the 14th July 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

 

My guest Barbara Klieforth

My guest Barbara Klieforth in the Ronald Reagan Building

 

The Bike Station with covered secure parking as well as a bike-fix-it facilities.

The Bike Station at the Union Metro Station. It has covered secure parking as well as  bike-fix-it facilities.

Electric scooters and bikes – with Angella Windram

What mode of vehicle allows you to park in small spaces, spend almost nothing on fuel, travel without getting out of breath, and produce few emissions?  I am regularly doing shows about the joys of cycling whether it be by bicycle or electric bike. It’s time for me to open my eyes to the world of electric scooters. They are compact, cheap to run, emit no local air pollution – and in New Zealand they are run primarily on renewable energy.

I’m Maureen Howard, and host of the Dunedin radio show Eco Living in Action that is aired on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. I’m usually based in Dunedin but I recorded this show while I was travelling on my flight-free adventure, coming to Peterborough in Ontario in Canada by freighter ship and bus.

On the 31st May I spoke with Angella Windram from Green Street E-Bikes in Peterborough in Ontario about electric scooters in Ontario, how they differ from our New Zealand scooters, and how cycling generally is going from strength to strength in the Peterborough area. I find out that Green Street E-Bikes is a family run business with sustainabilty at its heart.

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This show was originally broadcast on the 30th June 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.

Angella and her dog with her e-bike

Angella Windram, co-owner of family owned business – Green Steet E-Bikes. The family dog loves to ride in the basket attached to Angella’s e-bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Husband, and co-owner of Green Street E-Bikes also provides a bike repair service

Verne (husband and co-owner) of Green Street E-Bikes also provides a bike repair service

 

Angella and ?'s shop - Green Street E-Bikes - in Peterborough, Ontario

Angella and Verne’s shop – Green Street E-Bikes – in Peterborough, Ontario

 

Their electric scooters come in various colours!

Their electric scooters come in various colours!

 

One of the models of e-bikes they have for sale

One of the e-bikes they have for sale. All of the models they supply are designed in Canada.

 

Angella with their rainwater collection system on the roof of their home which is above their shop.

And it’s not just bikes! Angella with their rainwater collection system on the roof of their home which is above their shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rickshaw Transport – Kari Clifford

When you think of rickshaws, what images come into your head? Perhaps traditional China in the early 1900s, with people being carried on rickshaws through bustling streets? In terms of sustainability – the rickshaw stands proud. It was developed as a fully human powered vehicle. In fact, the word rickshaw comes from the Japanese language and means ‘human powered vehicle’. The rickshaw began in the early 1800s as a two or three-wheeled passenger cart that was pulled by a man. Over time, cycle rickshaws became popular, with even electric and solar powered versions.

Our topic of focus today is RICKSHAW TRANSPORT. What relevance could the rickshaw have as a sustainable mode of transport here in Dunedin? Its not a fanciful question because my guest for this show is Kari Clifford, who lives in Port Chalmers and who owns her own rickshaw that she has lovingly restored and uses very regularly on the streets of Port Chalmers.

To listen to this programme about Rickshaw Transport please click http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=24d3de0d-c7e7-4495-af73-fb61c326ba2e

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  • Check out Kari’s rickshaw at – Cliffords cab on facebook, and @clifford_cab

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  8th October 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.

 

Clifford's Cab - the electric assisted rickshaw  refurbished by Kari Clifford

Clifford’s Cab – the electric assisted rickshaw beautifully refurbished by Kari Clifford