Rail to Recreation in Canterbury

This is a guest post from reader Tim Frank. Arthurs Pass National Park is unique in New Zealand to be potentially easily accessible by rail services. The Midland Line runs through and alongside the park in many places. Currently, the only passenger service on that line is the TranzAlpine train, which is mainly aimed at … Continue reading Rail to Recreation in Canterbury

Cycle Counts

Welcome back everyone - I hope you've all had a good Christmas and new year. It's been a long time since I last looked at cycle counts around Christchurch (here and here), so thought I'd delve back into it again. Remember that Christchurch now has a network of electronic sensors that count the number of … Continue reading Cycle Counts

Christchurch Car Culture

I had an experience of Christchurch Car Culture this year. Earlier in the season my daughter  started playing netball (in between various lock-downs). Netball starts shortly after school finishes on a Friday afternoon. She plays for her school team located at the red dot below, and the team plays at the netball centre located at … Continue reading Christchurch Car Culture

Commute Tracking

I downloaded a GPS tracker last week and have started recording my commute home from work. I was quite pleased with the results so thought I might do this regularly just to see how it changes. I work at one end of end of Lincoln Road and live at the other end, so my commute … Continue reading Commute Tracking

Random Pictures from Around Otautahi

This blog is a collection of pictures I've taken over the last few weeks that some of you may find interesting. I've seen lots of strange gadgets popping up lately. I don't even know what these are called... Motorised seatless unicycle? Single-wheeler motorised skateboard? Finally a green option for tradies needing utes The warm spell … Continue reading Random Pictures from Around Otautahi

Kaiapoi Cycleway Response

A few weeks a go I published a blog about what's happening with the Kaiapoi cycleway, following an article in stuff. Yesterday I had an email response from one of the residents expanding on the issues from his point of view, which I've published in full below: Chris, A response to your Kaiapoi cycle way … Continue reading Kaiapoi Cycleway Response

Bike Parking at Lewis St Shops

A while ago I wrote a post complaining about places which have signs telling you where you can't park your bike but don't provide anywhere to park it, while simultaneously providing big areas of car parking. One of my examples was the Lewis Street dairy, who have this sign on their window. Since then, council … Continue reading Bike Parking at Lewis St Shops

Public versus Private Transport

I was pondering the other day whether it's still helpful to categorise transport into either "private" or"public". When you say "public transport" people immediately envisage buses, trains and ferries. When you say "private transport" people immediately think cars. But the split is not as clean as that. "Public transport" services are funded roughly 25% through … Continue reading Public versus Private Transport

Land Value Maps

Transport is inseparable from land-use. And one metric that can tell you a lot about land use is land value. I've known this for a while but not actually done a whole lot with it. Recently we've been looking at this more at work so I thought I'd see what I can find publicly available. … Continue reading Land Value Maps

Where is the best area to live in Christchurch?

I was recently emailed by someone who is currently living overseas but returning to Christchurch. She asked where is the best place in the city to live? I'm sure a few readers have some passionate views on this. But I'll run through my views first. These things in particular are important to her: Good access … Continue reading Where is the best area to live in Christchurch?