2019 surveys for cycling

Christchurch City Council and Auckland Transport have been conducting a trial of directional traffic signals for people who cycle – you may have seen the installations and even taken part in the user surveys last year. To conclude the official trial process, the NZ Transport Agency requires another round of investigation.  Regardless of whether you … Continue reading 2019 surveys for cycling

Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Monday, 25 February 2019, 6.00 to 7.30pm Tūranga (central library) in the Tautoru / TSB Space on level 1 (link to Facebook event) Note - this is a different room than initially advertised - there is a lot of interest in this workshop What's the appetite in Canterbury for this? Light rail vehicle in Karlsruhe … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Transparency at last

In my last blog, I asked: “how is Canterbury patronage doing?” The background to that question is that Auckland Transport regularly puts their patronage data onto their website, and Greater Wellington used to update their data monthly until mid-2018. With Environment Canterbury (ECan), you’ve got to dive into the reports that go to their Greater … Continue reading Transparency at last

Patronage update

Greetings of the season from Stewart Island. The other day, I wrote a piece about patronage in Auckland, Greater Wellington, and Greater Christchurch.  This was based on Auckland data up until October 2018, and Wellington and Canterbury data up until June. Here’s an update. Auckland Transport issued the November update on their website in mid-December. … Continue reading Patronage update

Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Let it be known that I'm not a great fan of how our regional council, ECan, presents their patronage statistics. In August 2018, they reported the following to the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee: Patronage for the year ending 30 June 2018 rose by just under one percent to 13,572,240 boardings for the year. … Continue reading Lies, damned lies, and patronage statistics

Snail’s pace on Colombo Street

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

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!