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, 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. While … 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):Routes will … 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!

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?