Japanese urbanism and its application to the Anglo-World

The political battle for middle class voters in many Anglo-world countries is moving onto the housing front. Many different urbanisation models are being considered. Tokyo in particular is gaining a lot of attention. Sound starts from the 1.15 min mark Liz Truss a UK Conservative junior Minister is a big fan of Tokyo urbanism as … Continue reading Japanese urbanism and its application to the Anglo-World

Taking the Bus to and from Christchurch Airport

This post first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. As I’m writing this, I’ve just undertaken a bus trip from Christchurch Airport to Manchester Street in the central city using the #29. I was heading to Christchurch Hospital, so you may be asking why I got off where I did. Well, I’ll get … Continue reading Taking the Bus to and from Christchurch Airport

Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Monday, 25 February 2019, 6.00 to 7.30pm Tūranga (central library) in the Tautoru / TSB Space on level 1 (link to Facebook event) Note - this is a different room than initially advertised - there is a lot of interest in this workshop What's the appetite in Canterbury for this? Light rail vehicle in Karlsruhe … Continue reading Canterbury passenger rail: workshop

Cycle Counts February 2019

I keep seeing comments in various social media circles that no one in Christchurch cycles. It's always just anecdotal, but even then I don't understand it. My own anecdotal data source - the bike-shed-O-meter- suggests cycling numbers are going through the roof. But the good news is we don't actually have to rely on anecdotal … Continue reading Cycle Counts February 2019

Tracking Roadworks

For the last 5 years Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) have been tracking the levels of roadworks in Christchurch. They do this through an online system which contractors use to apply for their "traffic management plans" (TMPs). GIS software is then used to calculate the total length of roads affected by the TMPs, as a … Continue reading Tracking Roadworks

Socially Optimal Solutions

Congestion is a problem of bad economics, not bad engineering. I've heard this said a few times and I think it's worth repeating. Another way of putting this is that our current economic framework does not result in a "socially optimal solution". Economists define a "socially optimal solution" as "the optimal distribution of resources in … Continue reading Socially Optimal Solutions

Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2

Yesterday I wrote that hydrogen trains are beginning to emerge as a genuine option for long-distance trains in New Zealand. Part 2 of this series further explores how we might solve the problem of needing to store electricity when the wind's not blowing. According to the Wide Spread Adaption of Competitive Hydrogen Solution -Nel Hydrogen … Continue reading Are We There Yet? Hydrogen Trains and the End of the Carbon Era – Part 2