Why Do We Charge for MetroCards?

Post by Axel Wilke The MetroCard has been with us since October 2003 and it was introduced during a time when everything around public transport in Christchurch was looking positive and upwards. The Orbiter had been introduced in 1999; an immediate hit with the public. The Bus Exchange had opened in November 2000, replacing the … Continue reading Why Do We Charge for MetroCards?

Different Cities, Different Shapes 1/2

I hear a lot of comparisons between different cities in New Zealand. "Wellington has trains, why don't we?", or "Christchurch is getting heaps of cycleways, why isn't Wellington?" "Auckland's public transport is booming, why isn't Christchurch's?" etc etc. But each city is so different to each other, it's hard to know if the comparisons are … Continue reading Different Cities, Different Shapes 1/2

Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan

It may have a boring name, but the content of this recently released report is dynamite for Christchurch residents. Ecan have released their 30 year public transport plan for consultation. There's heaps in here to discuss, but I know you're all busy people so I'll try to keep things concise. The document contains a 3 … Continue reading Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan

How Far in Half an Hour – with Light Rail?

With all the talk about light rail in Auckland there’s been a bit of tea-break talk down here about how it might work in Christchurch. Down here, light rail to the airport would  also mean light rail to the university, teacher’s college, the city’s largest shopping mall, several large schools, Hagley Park, Cricket Oval and … Continue reading How Far in Half an Hour – with Light Rail?

How Far in Half an Hour – with Heavy Rail?

In my previous post I showed maps demonstrating how we could get an additional 50,000  people to be within a half hour bus ride of the CBD, if only bus frequencies and speeds were improved. This map summarises my previous post, showing the areas that could be brought within a half hour commute of the … Continue reading How Far in Half an Hour – with Heavy Rail?

How Far in Half an Hour?

For those who don’t know, public transport in Christchurch is in a bad way. And I spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about how to fix it. Pre-earthquake Christchurch enjoyed a successful bus system, with reasonably high public transport patronage which was growing every year. Then in 2011 the earthquakes happened and that all … Continue reading How Far in Half an Hour?

Is Cycling just for Rich People?

My colleague came back from a nationwide walking and cycling conference a few weeks back and said something I found intriguing. He was describing a talk someone gave where they said something to the effect of "we're building a lot of cycling infrastructure, but we do need to keep in mind that cycling infrastructure is … Continue reading Is Cycling just for Rich People?