How Far in Half an Hour – Draft 30-year Plan

As I wrote about last week, Ecan have released their draft Regional Transport Plan for consultation. Their proposal included, among other things, almost doubling the number of high-frequency routes from 5 to 9, and creating 2 rapid transit corridors; one to the north via Papanui and Main North Roads, and one to the west via … Continue reading How Far in Half an Hour – Draft 30-year Plan

Cycling in Berlin – sehr gut!

You look at Berlin these days and no doubt, it’s a cycling city. In fact, cycling has a 13% mode share, and has one of the highest ride-to-work proportions of any city with over one million residents. You probably think that it would have always been like that, right?  No, wrong. Cycling in Berlin is … Continue reading Cycling in Berlin – sehr gut!

Join the Club – New Canterbury Housing and Transport (CHAT) Club

Edit: This event was a great success - write-up posted here. A few of us have got together and started the CHAT Club - where we discuss Canterbury Housing and Transport. We've been throwing the idea around for a while, but only recently sat down over an orange juice and decided to actually get it … Continue reading Join the Club – New Canterbury Housing and Transport (CHAT) Club

Why do we charge for Metrocards?

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 windswept Square with an … 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?