Are the Demographics of Cyclists Changing?

Up till quite recently, if you saw someone riding a bike in Christchurch there would have been a pretty good chance they would have been a male, aged 18-45, athletic, and  dressed in a special outfit just for riding (lycra, hi-viz). In recent years we've realised that the reason no-one else rides bikes is mainly … Continue reading Are the Demographics of Cyclists Changing?

Previous Reports 3: Strategic Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

So far my series on previous reports on rail in Christchurch has covered the 2014 commuter rail study and the 2005 rail study. Next on my list are the more recent Business Cases for the Future of Public Transport in Christchurch. The very high-level Strategic Business Case was completed in 2017, the slightly more grounded … Continue reading Previous Reports 3: Strategic Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

Rapid transit – some observations about mode choice decision making

This article first appeared on TraNZport and is republished with permission. The road to the mode… There are two distinct problems that crop up every time I talk to someone about rapid transit, and they are both related to mode choice. First, people tend to look at the situation of mode from too high a … Continue reading Rapid transit – some observations about mode choice decision making

The Fat Banana Submission

This first appeared on Brendon Harre's blog and is published with permission. On Tuesday the 26th of February I explained my Fat Banana analysis and its implications to the committee for the Greater Christchurch Partnership. They are considering the wider city’s settlement pattern and spatial plan. I believe I received a good hearing. Committee members … Continue reading The Fat Banana Submission

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

On Monday night the CHAT club held a workshop to discuss passenger rail in Canterbury. Thanks to everyone who came - there was a good turnout with representation from general public, city and regional councils, university, various government agencies, consultants and community groups. We started off with 3 short presentations: Brief history of passenger rail … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

Just a reminder that the CHAT Club (Canterbury Housing and Transport)are holding a workshop tomorrow (Monday 25th February 2019) 6:00-7:30pm at Tūranga (central library), in the TSB space (level 1). The purpose is to discuss passenger rail for Canterbury, and how that relates to future housing. The CHAT Cub is a mix of transport and … Continue reading Canterbury Passenger Rail Workshop

The Future of Tax – What about Transport?

A couple of days ago the Tax Working Group released their report - The Future of Tax. Most of the media coverage has focussed on the capital gains part of it. Don't worry - I have no intention of going into any that here. Also Greater Auckland did a piece on a wee part that … Continue reading The Future of Tax – What about Transport?