About Alastair

Alastair Portrait

I retired in February 2014 after 25 years teaching library and information studies in the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington. My Wikipedia entry gives a bit more detail on this phase of my life. Before getting hooked by libraries, I sampled careers as a patent examiner, truck driver, and school teacher.

Now I mainly put my energies into cycle advocacy, through Cycle Aware Wellington and Cycling Action Network. I'm a firm believer that cycling provides a transport system that is healthy, reliable, efficient, environmentally friendly, and relatively safe. I'm also involved in a group promoting the Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke, a shared cycling and walking route around Wellington Harbour. I coordinate Folding Goldies, rides for people with Gold Cards and folding bikes. In 2017 I was found to be an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian.

I'm the author of Everyday Cycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2012, published by Awa Press. Get a copy if you'd like to find out more about using your bike for transport.

I enjoy travelling, particularly by bike, and write an occasional blog about my trips. I also contribute to the Cycling in Wellington blog.

I live in Wellington with my partner Marg. Our two adult children are making their own way in the world.

I live with a bone cancer, multiple myeloma, but fortunately the medics have provided timely treatment every time I've relapsed.

For some reason, I've been mentioned a few times: