Is Anyone Out There?


Sometimes it can be a thankless job trying to be a blogger. You put your ideas, experiences, frustrations, etc out there for the world to see and… nothing. Not a peep of response, whether to say “hey, I agree!”, “that is completely wrong…”, “have you thought about…”, “I noticed that too!” or whatever.

From the 58 published posts to date on Cycling in Christchurch, I can tell you that we have had a grand total of 53 approved comments to date (I say “approved” because the spammers love us even more – we’ve had >500 posts so far trying to sell us shoes, handbags, watches, and, rather bizarrely, wedding dresses…). To those who’ve taken the time to provide some feedback – thanks! To those who’ve stopped by without leaving a calling card – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Perhaps this blog isn’t covering the things you’d like it to. So what would you like to see more of? What kind of topics would get the conversations flowing?

  • More discussion about what the new “cycle-friendly Chch” could look like?
  • Info about inspiring/clever cycling ideas from elsewhere that would be great here in Chch?
  • News about great cycling events coming up around Chch (and reports afterwards too)?
  • A place to air grievances about things in the current cycling environment that you’d really like to see fixed?
  • Up-to-date info about the latest relevant newspaper reports or Council submission/plans?
  • Thoughts/advice on how people can practically get around by bike in Chch (e.g. clothing, equipment, routes)?
  • Perhaps just more inspiring pictures of really cool bikes or riders around town just getting from A to B?
  • Something else…?

Post your ideas here and we’ll see what we can do. Or if you think you can help to tap the pent-up need to blab about cycling in our fair city, we’d still welcome more bloggers.



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  • Kathleen
    23 September 2012, 11:48 pm

    Love info on getting around ChCh and to see what the locals are riding, doing wearing.

  • Frances
    24 September 2012, 3:49 am

    Just thought I’d reply… 🙂 I rarely comment but always read. I’m one of those wannabe ChCh cyclists – I have a bike and like cycling but rarely use it as I’m terrified of sharing the road with cars, buses and trucks! Can’t wait for proper cycle ways!

    Currently in the UK and it’s so interesting seeing how different countries do the cycling thing – never saw so many people biking in all my life in the middle of London! (and all those many racks of rental bikes were being used a LOT!)

  • Robert
    24 September 2012, 1:24 pm

    We do hear you Lennyboy . Perhaps cyclists in general are the quiet and shy bunch. From this cyclist anyway, the site is interesting and much appreciated in terms of revealing that there are others out there in ChCh cycleland who think much the same way. This is particularly when it comes to cycling infrastructure as part of the city rebuild . The best thing right now is for cycling numbers to grow as quickly as possible , so those who make the planning decisions can be swayed into bias for the cycling fraternity . Then everyone shall benefit , as we know . . This site and your suggestions … all of them … can help to spread the word and hopefully it will happen . Cheers Robert

  • Stephen
    24 September 2012, 4:02 pm

    Hey, I hear you! Reading regularly, but the spirit just hasn’t moved me yet.

  • Malcolm
    24 September 2012, 8:10 pm

    I do read your blog often, just dont comment much. As a former Christchurchian, I like keeping track of whats happening in terms of cycling. Hope to move back one day.

    I’m particularly interested in the way cycling is going to be encouraged in the rebuild of the CBD. Good to see whats happening in the burbs too.



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