Kaiapoi Cycleway Craziness

There was an article appeared on Stuff a few days ago that described how construction of a cycleway in Kaiapoi has been put on hold because a group of local residents have decided they don't like it. A did a little digging, and from what's available online, the facts seem to be that: Waimakariri developed … Continue reading Kaiapoi Cycleway Craziness

Transport Funding – taxes, fees and fairness

This post first appeared at Nick Lovett's blog and is republished with permission. Transport funding is very poorly understood in NZ, certainly by the general public but also by people who work in the field. It is quite a complex ecosystem, and this article helps frame the picture a little. I’ve heard many people argue … Continue reading Transport Funding – taxes, fees and fairness

Different Types of Vehicles

I'm a sucker for a good Venn diagram. From the classic two overlapping circles, to more complex ones with multiple irregular polygons, Venn diagrams can cut through the complexity and present info in a simple way. I saw this one recently I couldn't go past. It shows all the different types of small vehicles that … Continue reading Different Types of Vehicles

School Kids Desperate for Safe Streets

I saw this video a student at Hornby High School has made. https://hhszoee.blogspot.com/2020/08/waterloo-road-documentary-2020.html She shows how dangerous Waterloo Road is for kids trying to get to and from the three schools on this stretch (Hornby High, Hornby primary and the pre-school). She then describes some ways it could be improved: Heavy vehicle ban before and … Continue reading School Kids Desperate for Safe Streets

Alternative Public Transport Strategy: Dump the Buses for E-Bikes

There's a curious idea going around Christchurch at the moment that I've heard from multiple different people. Why don't we dump the bus network and instead buy everyone an e-bike? The attraction is that this would perform a similar transport function but for much lower cost. Added bonuses include lower carbon emissions, healthier population, less … Continue reading Alternative Public Transport Strategy: Dump the Buses for E-Bikes

Hospital Bike Parking Petition

I've previously pondered on how strange it is that the hospital continues to not supply its staff with bike parks (here and here). I've now been told that staff have organised a petition for bike parking.  So far 1,000 people have signed, which seems to me like quite a lot, given the hospital employs about … Continue reading Hospital Bike Parking Petition

“No bike parking” signs that don’t provide an alternative

Something that irritates me far more than it should, is when people put up signs that say "no bike parking" but don't tell people what they are expected to do instead. My local dairy has this sign on the window: But there is nowhere else where you can put your bike; no bike parks, not … Continue reading “No bike parking” signs that don’t provide an alternative

Free Metrocards!

Axel has written here previously how much he hates the $10 charge for metrocards. He explains how we never used to pay for them, it was introduced in 2011 to give Ecan some "free" money. Well he'll be happy to see that a few days ago Ecan announced that they are waiving this $10 fee … Continue reading Free Metrocards!

The Christchurch Transport Cake

I recently participated in a workshop all about how to communicate complex ideas in ways that are useful to the general public. There was a lot to take in (notes here for anyone interested). One point that stood out to me was that you need to make sure you're "selling the cake, not the ingredients". … Continue reading The Christchurch Transport Cake

Census 2018 – More Bus Maps

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article with maps showing results from the 2018 census. These included the two maps below. The first shows the percentage of people who normally ride the bus to work, organised by where they live. And this second map shows the same thing but organised by where they … Continue reading Census 2018 – More Bus Maps