Increasing petrol prices – what does it mean for transport?

High petrol prices have hit the headlines lately. A lot has been written about the causes of it so I won't go there, I'm more interested in the impacts it might have. MBIE published the graph below showing the cost of regular petrol. It shows that pre-covid, fuel costs were relatively flat at just over … Continue reading Increasing petrol prices – what does it mean for transport?

Rapid Transit – What’s Happening?

There has been a flurry of activity about rapid transit in the last week that was quite confusing. I thought I'd write this post to remind everyone where Christchurch is at with rapid transit at the moment, and hopefully clarify things a little. Here is a timeline of events over the last 5 years. 2017 … Continue reading Rapid Transit – What’s Happening?

Traffic in a New Zealand City

I finally found out why Christchurch is so car-centric. And no it's not that we have an inexplicable love of cars that is different to every other city in the world. It's not just that we have always been a "car-city". It's not our topography, weather, economy or location. Christchurch is car-centric because in 1965 … Continue reading Traffic in a New Zealand City

New Motor Vehicle Registrations Dashboard

Waka Kotahi have just released a new dashboard reporting all new motor vehicle registrations. Last year these were the numbers nationally. In Christchurch City: In Selwyn District: And Waimakariri District: Percentages are these: I was a little surprised at these numbers. I had thought that uptake of electric vehicles would be higher in urban areas … Continue reading New Motor Vehicle Registrations Dashboard

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)