Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

This was first appeared on the TraNZport blog and is republished with permission. Submissions have since closed on this plan but still an interesting take on it. Christchurch sits at an interesting crossroads in terms of its development, and decisions made now are going to affect the form and function of the city for the … Continue reading Christchurch – more spending on public transport needed (aka, ‘a review of the draft Regional Public Transport Plan’)

Christchurch Will Never Be Amsterdam

This post appeared over on Cycling in Christchurch and is republished with permission. Regular contributor Robert reflects on his recent overseas travels and more local happenings: This week I rode along to City Council Chambers to present a 5-minute oral submission to the hearings panel concerning lowering of some central Christchurch speed limits from 50 … Continue reading Christchurch Will Never Be Amsterdam

Snail’s pace on Colombo Street

It’s time we did something useful with Colombo Street so that transport objectives outlined in the city’s guiding central city planning document, An Accessible City (AAC), can be met. There’s only one useful thing to do and that is close Colombo Street somewhere. Below I’ll tell you where, and why. AAC says (on page 5): … Continue reading Snail’s pace on Colombo Street

What if Tradies Preferred Trams to Utes?

This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is published with permission. What would it mean for a city if builders of new housing were able to take trams (or trams big brother trains) to work? It would mean public transport was built first. It would mean planners and developers had master planned neighbourhoods … Continue reading What if Tradies Preferred Trams to Utes?

Flashback – When Christchurch had Commuter Trains

This post first appeared on the traNZport blog and is republished with permission. New Zealand has two metropolitan areas served by commuter rail systems; Auckland and Wellington. Wellington’s system has a long history of incremental development, including electrification over much of the network from the late 1930s onwards. It currently consists of three electrified lines … Continue reading Flashback – When Christchurch had Commuter Trains

Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?

A few days ago, Brendon Harre wrote an article that looked into the future of Christchurch, and included proposing several options for rapid transit in Christchurch. The whole article hinged on the idea that Christchurch was currently shaped a bit like a "small apple' (a compact circle), but that it was growing to the north … Continue reading Do we Really want to Swap our Small Apple for a Fat Banana?

Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana

This post first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is republished with his permission. Christchurch is evolving from a small apple to a fat banana. https://medium.com/land-buildings-identity-and-values/greater-christchurchs-future-the-fat-banana-aba0402f16a4 This month the public can submit on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy (UDS). This is a review of land use planning for Greater Christchurch. There is a draft … Continue reading Christchurch’s Future is a Fat Banana