Do the Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh the Danger?

A  friend who works in healthcare put me onto this podcast about a study on benefits of cycling recently published in the British Medical Journal (only 20 minutes so not too onerous). The authors discuss a piece of research they've just completed which aims to answer the question: "do the health benefits of cycling outweigh … Continue reading Do the Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh the Danger?

Transport projects as economic stimulus post-lockdown

This post first appeared at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Right now we are in interesting times. I’ve had a draft post I’ve been tinkering with, exploring in-depth the likely economic response to the corona-virus lockdown and how that might impact on wider transport policy settings, but events simply kept moving too fast … Continue reading Transport projects as economic stimulus post-lockdown

A story about parking and opportunity cost.

This article first appeared at Nick Lovett's blog and is republished with permission. A number of months ago I tweeted a before/after photo of Christchurch’s Oxford Terrace following the An Accessible City street upgrade and the opening of the Riverside farmers market. The intention of the tweet was to illustrate the rosy retrospection that often … Continue reading A story about parking and opportunity cost.

Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

This article was first published at TraNZport and is republished with permission. An interesting concept that may be rolled out later this year is the introduction of express buses between the fast growing Waimakariri district and Christchurch city. (informative articles here and here) Before I get into what that is proposed to look like, a … Continue reading Focus: Express buses in northern Christchurch

Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

This post first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Transport infrastructure investments can be complementary as part of a holistic transport ecosystem that aims to achieve the best overall outcomes, often addressing multiple economic, social and environmental issues. Instead, different investments are often viewed as an “it’s this or that” situation. For instance, … Continue reading Rail or more roads? Why that isn’t the question

Free Public Transport

Free public transport is one of those ideas that seems to rear its head every few years. John Minto campaigned on this at the last election (he wasn't elected). Axel Wilke has previously proposed free buses within the 4 Aves. A few other cities/countries around the world have done free public transport, but they are … Continue reading Free Public Transport

Sydney B-Line

TraNZport blog has been writing a series of articles on what other cities around the world have been doing that may be of interest to New Zealand cities (Belfast, Canberra& Ottawa). A colleague of mine was recently waxxing lyrical to me about a new project he's been following closely - so I've written this article … Continue reading Sydney B-Line

Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?

This is article first appeared at TraNZport and is republished with permission. Promises were made, promises were not delivered, and now we find ourselves back where we started, in a fashion. Whether it is light rail in Auckland, Let’s Get Wellington Moving, or mass rapid transit in Christchurch, progress on major public transport projects in … Continue reading Why is it so hard for New Zealand to not do roads?

Population Growth in Christchurch and Wellington

I wrote previously about Christchurch and Wellington populations. This is a follow up post with maps showing exactly where the growth occurred in both cities between 2013 and 2018. The concentric circles are 5km apart. The dark blue zones show where growth of over 200 people per square kilometre occurred, white zones are less than … Continue reading Population Growth in Christchurch and Wellington

Christchurch versus Wellington

Who is bigger, Christchurch or Wellington? A series of recent articles tried to answer this (here, here and here). My initial reaction was "this is a terrible argument to get involved in - who cares?". But as I read more into it I'm starting to think it is actually important. Decisions in New Zealand are … Continue reading Christchurch versus Wellington