Cycling in our cool little capital has its pleasures and perils. To provide a place for Wellington pedlers to share their passion of cycling, support each other and advocate for improvements, Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW) (http://can.org.nz/wellington)has successfully turned to a variety of online fora.
With a diverse and active community, it is not uncommon for posts to excite considerable comment. On the CAW Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/166036183455868/), which has grown to over a 1,000 members, there can sometimes be heated exchanges. This takes both diligence and a guiding philosophy to make it work.
At this meet-up we’ll hear from Cycle Aware Wellington’s chair James Burgess. As an active advocate promoting cycling he’s not shy about standing up for good cycle policy.
James will give an overview of how CAW uses different social networks, what it takes to set-up and facilitate an active Facebook group, and using social media for advocacy.
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
James grew up in the UK, and arrived in New Zealand six years ago via a chunk of time in Belgium working on Intelligent Transport Systems. He’s interested in bikes, beer, clear comms (with a day job at Write), bikes (chairing Cycle Aware Wellington), music, the internet, civic goodness, and bikes.
About timing: NetSquared lunchtime sessions in 2015
The new format for our lunchtime sessions in 2015 goes like this:
- 12.15pm: arrive for a cuppa & networking, BYO lunch
- 12.30pm: presentation/ talk/ learning
- 1.30pm: wrap up, informal networking.
Cycle Aware Wellington @CycleAwareWgtn (https://twitter.com/CycleAwareWgtn)
James Burgess @james_burgess (https://twitter.com/james_burgess)
Co-organiser: Stephen Blyth, @commonknow_nz (http://twitter.com/commonknow_nz)