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

Christchurch Hospital Bike Parking

I've whinged about hospital bike parking before (here and here), but they seem to keep on making the same mistakes so I'll try again. I had to visit the emergency department last week. It's in the recently completed Waipapa building, a state-of-the-art facility that opened late last year, cost $525m, and is the biggest hospital … Continue reading Christchurch Hospital Bike Parking

Christchurch Housing Density

Housing density determines transport provision. I think this needs to be talked about more in Christchurch. This article uses Census data to confirm that this is the case in Canterbury, then uses pictures to discuss how this plays out for different types of housing we have in Christchurch. The 2018 Census asked people what type … Continue reading Christchurch Housing Density

Putting Bus Ridership Numbers into Perspective

Christchurch's public transport is often talked about in a negative light. It attracts a low mode share for a city of Christchurch's size, and recently this mode share has been shrinking rather than growing. This constant negativity is justified, but I do wonder if it has made people underappreciate how many people Christchurch's public transport … Continue reading Putting Bus Ridership Numbers into Perspective

Canberra Light Rail

Canberra is a city with a lot of similarities to Christchurch. They both contain roughly half a million people, they both have low density of development with few geographic constraints. Consequently they both have high car mode share. They both experience some congestion, although it's not as acute as other cities. As a result they … Continue reading Canberra Light Rail

Population versus Vehicle Travel

Prompted by Brendon Harre, I had a look at the population of each region in New Zealand compared to the amount of vehicle travel it has each year ("vehicle-kilometres travelled" or VKT). I took the populations from Statistics NZ, both the 2018 counts and the 2048 future projected population. I then took the vehicle-kilometres travelled … Continue reading Population versus Vehicle Travel

Greater Christchurch 2050

There is a really important piece of work going on at the moment that will decide Christchurch's future for the next 30 odd years. I haven't heard a whole lot of talk about it, so I thought I'd draw people's attention to it here. The Greater Christchurch Partnership is a group comprising these eight organisations: … Continue reading Greater Christchurch 2050

Underrated Things Christchurch is Good at

This is a list of 8 things Christchurch is awesome at, that I think are underrated in the typical "what's the best city in New Zealand" arguments. 1. Christchurch has by far the longest tomato growing season https://twitter.com/tessairini/status/1390082028662521856 2. It has a superior system of curbside rubbish collection https://twitter.com/BanksyBeeBoo/status/1377462458592292864 3. The best whisky shop in … Continue reading Underrated Things Christchurch is Good at

Who are cycleways for again?

Despite their success, I still hear complaints about the cycleways we've built in Christchurch. I think a big part of this stems from a misunderstanding of who these are being built for. In some people's minds, the cycleways are being built to benefit a small number of smarmy, rich, lycra-clad, fitness-freak cyclists. In reality, the … Continue reading Who are cycleways for again?

Has Christchurch got its Central City Right?

I went into town last Sunday to have some lunch and see what was going on. Unfortunately I didn't do my research and promptly found that half the streets in Christchurch were closed to traffic due to the Christchurch marathon. There were some quite lengthy detours if you were driving in from the north (which … Continue reading Has Christchurch got its Central City Right?