Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Here are some pictures of unfinished parts of the Christchurch city centre eleven years on from the earthquakes. Although there has been some terrific progress in some parts of the city, it amazes me how many sites still haven't been rebuilt. In some cases they looks as though the earthquake happened last week, rather than … Continue reading Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

We’re Number 1! (for auto-dependency)

I was recently looking at the Wikipedia page for transport modal share, and found out we're listed as the number one mid-sized city in the world for driving. Yay for us. The average city has around 55% of its trips made in vehicles and 45% made by walking, cycling and public transport. Our split is … Continue reading We’re Number 1! (for auto-dependency)

National Land Transport Programme 3

I've written twice previously (here and here) about the National Land Transport Programme. This post is just a quick one to highlight a point a lot of New Zealanders don't get. This webpage here tells us where the money comes from to pay for the country's roads, rail, footpaths, cycleways and public transport. I've taken … Continue reading National Land Transport Programme 3

Various Consultations

There is a tonne of stuff out for consultation at the moment, so this is a quick update on a few that I think are particularly interesting. Get in and have your say if you're that way inclined. Firstly, Ecan are changing Routes 17 and 28. They are increasing frequencies, improving bus stops, and getting … Continue reading Various Consultations

Changing Street Design

Just a quick note to say that there is new guidance emerging around how to design our streets. In the recent past our guidance has tended to focus mostly on how to design roads to be efficient conduits of movement. This new guidance coming out has a much broader focus, thinking about everything else that … Continue reading Changing Street Design

Canterbury Public Transport Funding (or lack of)

I wrote previously about the recently released National Land Transport Programme. This sets out transport funding for the next three years. Canterbury missed out badly on funding, recieving only about half what it should have. If you look just at public transport, the gap widens even further. Over the next three years, Auckland will recieve … Continue reading Canterbury Public Transport Funding (or lack of)

National Land Transport Programme

Waka Kotahi Transport Agency just released the National Land Transport Programme for 2021-24. This lays out what they'll be spending money on over the next 3 years. Greater Auckland did a brief summary here. This blog highlights a few observations that stood out to me. Waka Kotahi is still coming to grips with the transition … Continue reading National Land Transport Programme

Free Bus Fares

Ecan recently commissioned a study into making buses free in Christchurch. Metro Fares Analysis - FinalDownload As a reminder, this is the current fare levels. Christchurch fares are relatively low by national standards - certainly much cheaper than both Auckland and Wellington. A couple of interesting points about fares in Christchurch: 12% of total patronage … Continue reading Free Bus Fares

Riding a Bike is Good for you if you have Diabetes

Just a brief note to say that another medical article has been published showing that riding a bike improves your health. jamainternal_riedlarsen_2021_oi_210036_1625699526.32027Download It is well-established now that riding a bike every day decreases your chances of premature mortality. This study takes it further and shows that this is even more so if you have diabetes. … Continue reading Riding a Bike is Good for you if you have Diabetes

Bells and bikes

This is a guest post from reader Tim Frank I regularly use a shared path, often with my children. I constantly have to look over my shoulder to see whether a fast bike is coming. From a pedestrian or slow cyclist view, some of the bikes come up very quickly indeed. When we return home … Continue reading Bells and bikes