I never noticed before but Stats NZ publish really detailed and up-to-date data on building consents. I've had a play with it in excel and come up with a few visualisation below, which some people may find interesting. First up, animations showing all residential building consents issued in the last 32 years, split by standalone … Continue reading Building Consents in Christchurch
Following on from me discovering the yogi berra paradox for the first time a few weeks ago, today I discovered another paradox which I feel stupid for not knowing about before now. This one doesn't seem to have a proper name or anything more about it online, but I think it's really interesting and quite … Continue reading “the average bus-passenger is on a bus that’s much more full than the average bus” Paradox
I've heard a lot of talk about the 4 categories of cyclist; No way no howInterested but concernedEnthused and confidentStrong and fearless I've sometimes struggled with these definitions, as I don't feel like I neatly fall into any of them. But I did recently meet someone who was the very definition of "interested but concerned". … Continue reading Real-Life Interested but Concerned
This is a guest post by Joseph Corbett-Davies. A few months back National leader Christopher Luxon kicked off some controversy after his unexpected comment that public transport should “stand on its own feet”, and that it should not be “subsidised or underwritten.” This resulted in immediate challenges from the media and Labour about whether he … Continue reading Should Public Transport Be Subsidised?
Every week I take the kids down to the local park for Saturday morning sports. Centennial Park is on a major cycle route and a lot of parents bike down with their kids. There's always quite the selection of family-friendly bicycles on display. Here are a few from the last couple of weeks. Long-tail e-bike … Continue reading Bicycles of Saturday Morning Sport
I'm no economist, but I have been fortunate enough to have talked with some very smart economists who are well connected with the big decision-makers. Below are some themes I've picked up over these talks that affect transport infrastructure. I'm not an expert on this so some may not be quite right, but food for … Continue reading Musings on Financing of Transport Infrastructure
Up till now reducing petrol and diesel consumption has been framed as an optional choice. At a personal level, people see riding a bike or catching a bus as something good they can do if they are feeling generous, but they trade that off against things like convenience and comfort and often it loses out. … Continue reading Reducing emissions: no longer a moral decision but a financial one
Recently I saw the following exchange on Twitter, where Canterbury Regional Councillor Megan Hands suggests that making buses free is a better way of reducing emissions than building cycleways. Firstly, I love that our left and right leaning politicians are past debating whether climate change is a thing or not and are now debating the … Continue reading Cycleways Versus Free Public Transport
I just heard of the Yogi Berra fallacy last week. I don't know anything about him other than his name is very similar to Yogi Bear from the old cartoons, he supposedly was a baseball player, and he apparently said the quote below. The Yogi Berra fallacy has now become the name for all sorts … Continue reading Yogi Berra Fallacies
High petrol prices have hit the headlines lately. A lot has been written about the causes of it so I won't go there, I'm more interested in the impacts it might have. MBIE published the graph below showing the cost of regular petrol. It shows that pre-covid, fuel costs were relatively flat at just over … Continue reading Increasing petrol prices – what does it mean for transport?