• Firsts on the Old Ghost Road – cycle trailers and unicycles

    Firsts on the Old Ghost Road – cycle trailers and unicycles0

    In June Steve Muir completed the first crossing of the Old Ghost Road towing a bike trailer. It was the middle of winter with a marginal weather forecast, so felt the need for a decent amount of gear to keep warm & have warm dry clothes at night. Short days mean long nights so a

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  • Photo of the Day: Central City Sharrows

    Photo of the Day: Central City Sharrows9

    The rebuild continues apace in the central city, and that includes the Accessible City transport plans. While some of that includes separated cycle facilities like those seen on Tuam St and south Colombo St, other parts rely on traffic-calmed (30 km/h) shared streets to get around by bike. So it was interesting to see these

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  • Victoria Street Denial

    Victoria Street Denial8

    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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  • Shouldering the burden

    Shouldering the burden6

    Around the outskirts of Christchurch, there are many “urban-fringe” roads that are popular both as recreational and commuting cycling routes. However, they are definitely not for the faint-hearted on a bike, because often they have some rather negligible shoulders provided for riding on. Coupled with higher speed limits, this introduces a worrying risk. In many

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  • First Look: Wigram-Magdala Overbridge

    First Look: Wigram-Magdala Overbridge5

    A few weeks back, guest blogger Robert reported on his observations near the Wigram-Magdala overbridge under construction. The official completion date was given as October. So it was a pleasant surprise to all to find that the new overbridge from Magdala Place (and Birmingham/Annex) to Wigram Rd opened this weekend. While that will no doubt

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  • Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up

    Rotorua: Cycling Bubbling Up2

    While I was in the North Island two weeks ago, I visited Rotorua to see what they have been up to lately. As guest blogger Robert observed last year, some interesting cycle facilities have been popping up there lately but he wasn’t sure whether it would be enough. For some time now, Rotorua has been

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