We’re experts at tactical urbanism here in Christchurch, so I’ve discovered. It’s what Greening the Rubble and Gapfiller have been doing every since our earthquakes began – putting in quick, often temporary, cheap projects to make a small part of our city more vibrant, lively, or enjoyable.
I came across this little article about tactical urbanism and walking wayfinding and it got me thinking about the possibilities for jumping on this bandwagon for cyclists. We’ve been complaining for years about the lack of signage around the City – perhaps we could bite off some small projects, find some funding and put up some bicycle wayfinding signs. Signs that show when a no exit street actually has an exit for cyclists and pedestrians, for example, or perhaps doing something about the wayfinding issues in Hagley Park might be another project. This might be as cheap as making stencil and painting something on the road
Even just putting up some signs that indicate how long trips take on a bike so that people start to see the idea of biking as a really sensible choice for local transport!