Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

When you promise much but deliver little. This post first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. There are two interesting developments in train (no pun intended… sort of) at the moment in two New Zealand cities. In Wellington, the new bus network, based on the hub and spoke model, is being … Continue reading Implementing public transport plans in NZ cities

Commuter Rail- Previous Report 1

Christchurch used to have commuter trains, as described here. At the moment there are a lot of people who think the smart thing to do is to get them going again, including Brendon Harre in this article, and James Dann in this article. This has been looked at sporadically by various organisations in the past. … Continue reading Commuter Rail- Previous Report 1

Christchurch Transport Update

Here's a quick update of a few significant things I've seen happening in the transport world of late. There was a fantastic article on newsroom by Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, that voiced a lot of the frustrations I've found working in transport in Aotearoa: "it is timely to explore why transport is an area in which … Continue reading Christchurch Transport Update

A new plan for Christchurch rail

This article by James Dann first appeared on The Spinoff and is published with permission. Christchurch is a sprawling mess. Its only major geographical feature is the Port Hills, a buffer that has slowed growth in one direction. From the vantage of these hills, you can look out across the Canterbury Plains, once the nation’s … Continue reading A new plan for Christchurch rail

Bruntletts / Modacity

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

Christchurch Will Never Be Amsterdam

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

Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?

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?