Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, from Vancouver Canada, sold their car in 2010 and embraced a “car-lite” life of cycling, walking, public transport and car share with their two young children. Since then, they have become two of the city’s leading advocates for sustainable transport, particularly cycling. In 2014, they founded Modacity as a way of using their writing, photography, film, and social media skills to spread the word around the globe (some people might recall their previous visit to NZ in 2014, including the 2WALKandCYCLE Conference in Nelson). And soon they will be in Christchurch…
Currently the Bruntletts (with their children Coralie and Etienne) are working their way around Australasia on a tour of the major centres promoting the benefits of cycling and also their new book “Building the Cycling City”. This describes the lessons learned from their 2016 family study tour of the Netherlands and relating it to some of the North American examples where cycling is being embraced.
The Bruntletts will visit Christchurch on Nov 27-29, and an exciting programme is being prepared for their time here. One event locked in already is a public seminar in the TSB Space (Level 1) at the new Tūranga library on Tue 27th Nov at 6pm (doors open from 5.30pm). During their visit, we’re also looking into a bike ride or two, a workshop, and maybe a cafe chat as well.
If you want to be more inspired about how to make Christchurch an even better cycling city, and how you can embrace a car-lite life, come along and listen to the Bruntletts!