• Victoria Street Denial

    Victoria Street Denial8

    • 11 September 2016

    Once upon a time earthquakes shook up Christchurch. With the central city destroyed, Share an Idea seized on the opportunity to rebuild a city for people, a cycle friendly 21st century sustainable city. The broad community envisioned a creative and life-affirming response to the quakes. It did not take long for car-centred politicians to respond

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  • What has Cycling ever done for Walking?

    What has Cycling ever done for Walking?3

    • 16 July 2016

    For fans of Monty Python, there’s a classic scene in the movie The Life of Brian where the People’s Front of Judea (or is it the Judean People’s Front…) bemoan the occupation of their homeland by the Romans and ponder how their lives have been affected by this. A few years ago, Carlton Reid cleverly

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  • Guest Post: A Cycling Dogma

    Guest Post: A Cycling Dogma0

    • 22 May 2016

    Guest blogger Catherine shares some of her thoughts about the key factors that influence her daily choice to commute by bike: I developed a cycling dogma! It’s taken time to create, but here it is: Cycling offers me freedom like nothing else. Talk about being one with nature! You are part of nature when you

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  • Bike to the Future Awards now open

    Bike to the Future Awards now open0

    • 15 May 2016

    It’s nearly time to honour some of the best initiatives for cycling around the country. In previous years, the Cycling Action Network have held their Cycle-Friendly Awards to celebrate great cycling efforts. This year, the NZ Transport Agency have joined the party and rebranded the exercise as the Bike to the Future Awards, and nominations

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  • Guest Post: Sunshine on St Albans

    Guest Post: Sunshine on St Albans1

    • 15 February 2016

    Regular correspondent Robert has been sounding out the locals about cycleways… Over the past few weeks I have attended several meetings in my local area as part of the consultation process for the proposed Papanui Parallel Cycleway (NB: being discussed by Council’s Infrastructure Committee this Tuesday). This will allow a mostly separated pathway to take

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  • Guest Post: Statistics, Dollars, and the Intangible (Priceless) Benefits of Cycling

    Guest Post: Statistics, Dollars, and the Intangible (Priceless) Benefits of Cycling3

    • 15 January 2016

    Guest blogger Robert has a look at his wallet (and a few other measures) this week: It was good to see the recent post from Lennyboy sharing the reports of an increase in numbers of cycles using the shared Hagley Park cycle-way. And, by comparing usage of the new Matai Street/Deans Ave crossing with previous

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  • Photo of the Day: Xmas Shopping by Bike

    Photo of the Day: Xmas Shopping by Bike4

    • 23 December 2015

    ‘Tis the season, and everyone is frantically rushing around getting their festive goodies. That tends to mean that traffic and parking get a bit crazy, which duly gets reported in the media (not that it’s really “news” if it happens every year…) You may have heard of the term “quaxing” (i.e. shopping without a car);

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  • Mythbusting: The business benefits of bikeways

    Mythbusting: The business benefits of bikeways10

    • 22 November 2015

    With the new Major Cycleways coming to Christchurch, a major trade-off in many locations will be the removal of on-street car-parking (either on one side or both) to provide enough space for separated bikeways. Already we are seeing some concerns being raised in both the Rapanui – Shag Rock and Papanui Parallel cycleway proposals about

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  • Why Traffic Speed Matters for Walking and Cycling

    Why Traffic Speed Matters for Walking and Cycling6

    • 19 October 2015

    In my overviews of looking around Europe, I noted that lower speed limits were prevalent virtually everywhere I went. Yet, in New Zealand we are still only taking a few hesitant baby steps towards similar environments. There are a lot of benefits of lower speeds for transport and society in general; if you want to

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  • Do the economics of Chch’s cycleways stack up?

    Do the economics of Chch’s cycleways stack up?0

    • 15 May 2015

    Earlier this year, we brought you information about the economic assessment done of the Major Cycleway Programme by external consultant transport modellers QTP. Although many conservative assumptions were made, the total benefits were still considerably higher than than the $160m costs, by a factor of at least 7:1 – 8:1. You may have seen an

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  • Guest Post: Cycling and making sense of life

    Guest Post: Cycling and making sense of life13

    • 6 May 2015

    Another guest post by Robyn M Speed Sometimes life is like biking into a never-ending headwind. Sometimes life is happening so fast and out of control that it’s like flying downhill, both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. The most important thing I have gained from cycling is therapy. When I am in the

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  • The sanity of cycling

    The sanity of cycling1

    • 22 March 2015

    Phew, what a week… 16 lectures to prepare and deliver, a bunch of student research meetings, preparing for a conference this coming week, and the usual emails and admin to deal with. It meant a lot of late nights followed by some equally early starts. The lack of sleep certainly tested the body’s resilience. And

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