Richards is the new Richie

--WARNING --I'm going to take a departure from my normal topic today. Stop reading right now if you're only here for transport talk. It's just that there's been an injustice done which has been weighing me down lately, and I feel something needs to be said. This post is in honour of bloke called Richie, … Continue reading Richards is the new Richie

Christchurch is a Car City – Why Fight it?

I read a stuff comment a few weeks ago (I know I know, I really should stay out of there) on an article about public transport improvements that said "People need to just accept that Christchurch is a car-city - why try to fight it?". Then yesterday I was trying to explain to a friend … Continue reading Christchurch is a Car City – Why Fight it?

Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update

Our Space 2018-2048 is currently out for consultation here. This is a plan prepared by the Greater Christchurch Partnership, which is made up of people from Ecan, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Ngai Tahu, NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Regenerate Christchurch and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The … Continue reading Our Space 2018-2048: Greater Christchurch Settlement Pattern Update

Lincoln Road Bus Lanes

My last blog entry identified places where bus lanes would be most beneficial around Christchurch. One of the locations was Lincoln Road, which carries the Orange route, and has no bus lanes despite getting heavily congested in peak times. Catching the bus in peak times can be very frustrating, often with views like this where … Continue reading Lincoln Road Bus Lanes

$3 per day – Why is parking at the University of Canterbury so cheap, and why should it matter to everyone else?

This is a guest post from Joseph Corbett-Davies and Patrick Kearney. In July The Spinoff published a piece on parking at the University of Canterbury that caught our attention. The article criticizes the uni’s decision to increase the price of a year-long parking permit to $475 for students and $1000 for staff. This change will … Continue reading $3 per day – Why is parking at the University of Canterbury so cheap, and why should it matter to everyone else?

CHAT Club – Sara Templeton on Bikelash

Last night we had our second CHAT Club event where Councillor Sara Templeton spoke on the phenonemon known as "Bikelash". This is basically negative public reactions to attempts to install safe cycling infrastructure. We've seen a lot of it here during the Christchurch Major Cycleways construction, and other cities have seen it too (even friendly … Continue reading CHAT Club – Sara Templeton on Bikelash

Where do we Need Bus Lanes?

I find one of the most frustrating things about catching the bus is getting stuck in traffic. Traffic is frustrating enough in a car - in a bus I find it twice as infuriating due to (a) pulling in and out of bus stops and the fact a bus needs larger gaps than a car … Continue reading Where do we Need Bus Lanes?