Over the last two days we’ve been fortunate to have Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity here in Otautahi. I went along to their talk last night as well as a workshop this morning. They have made a name for themselves by advocating for all things cycling, and doing it in a smart, effective way. … Continue reading Bruntletts / Modacity
This was first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Submissions have since closed on this plan but still an interesting take on it. Christchurch sits at an interesting crossroads in terms of its development, and decisions made now are going to affect the form and function of the city for the … Continue reading Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)
This post appeared over on Cycling in Christchurch and is republished with permission. Regular contributor Robert reflects on his recent overseas travels and more local happenings: This week I rode along to City Council Chambers to present a 5-minute oral submission to the hearings panel concerning lowering of some central Christchurch speed limits from 50 … Continue reading Christchurch Will Never Be Amsterdam
It’s time we did something useful with Colombo Street so that transport objectives outlined in the city’s guiding central city planning document, An Accessible City (AAC), can be met. There’s only one useful thing to do and that is close Colombo Street somewhere. Below I’ll tell you where, and why. AAC says (on page 5): … Continue reading Snail’s pace on Colombo Street
This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is published with permission. What would it mean for a city if builders of new housing were able to take trams (or trams big brother trains) to work? It would mean public transport was built first. It would mean planners and developers had master planned neighbourhoods … Continue reading What if Tradies Preferred Trams to Utes?
This post first appeared on the traNZport blog and is republished with permission. New Zealand has two metropolitan areas served by commuter rail systems; Auckland and Wellington. Wellington’s system has a long history of incremental development, including electrification over much of the network from the late 1930s onwards. It currently consists of three electrified lines … Continue reading Flashback – When Christchurch had Commuter Trains
A few days ago, Brendon Harre wrote an article that looked into the future of Christchurch, and included proposing several options for rapid transit in Christchurch. The whole article hinged on the idea that Christchurch was currently shaped a bit like a "small apple' (a compact circle), but that it was growing to the north … Continue reading Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?
This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with his permission. Christchurch is evolving from a small apple to a fat banana. https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/greater-christchurchs-future-the-fat-banana-aba0402f16a4 This month the public can submit on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS). This is a review of land use planning for Greater Christchurch. There is a draft … Continue reading Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana
--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
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?