• Trucks and Bikes – Learning how to Share

    Trucks and Bikes – Learning how to Share6

    • 8 October 2014

    Earlier in the week, we talked about the current angst over cycle safety in the presence of trucks, especially following last week’s tragic incident. A lot of vitriol has been flung back and forth accusing both truck drivers and cyclists for not taking sufficient steps to prevent such tragedies. Meanwhile, however, a group of safety-minded

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  • Would the Draft Cycle Safety Panel Recommendations make a Difference?

    Would the Draft Cycle Safety Panel Recommendations make a Difference?7

    • 4 October 2014

    It seems like a long week since the tragic events of last Monday when a cycle tourist lost his life in Hornby courtesy of a turning truck. As timing goes, it was intriguing that this was also the same week that the truck driver from April’s cycle fatality was also sentenced. And, although they were

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  • Election Promises for Cycling – How do they Compare?

    Election Promises for Cycling – How do they Compare?2

    • 13 September 2014

    We’re only one week away now from the next General Election. For some (like my wife), they can’t wait until it’s all over; for others (like me), I still feel like I’m waiting for the actual substance of policy debate to begin. (but since when has that ever been a priority with modern-day media…) So

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  • CTV does Cycling

    CTV does Cycling4

    • 28 July 2014

    If you’re a regular viewer of CTV (Canterbury Television) you may have seen the News team recently do a series on transport options around Christchurch. CTV reporters followed various City Councillors on their commutes around the city using different modes, and discussed the pros and cons of each. This included reporter Marcus Gibbs biking home

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  • What if… it was safe to cycle in Christchurch? Seminar Wed 11 June

    What if… it was safe to cycle in Christchurch? Seminar Wed 11 June1

    • 25 May 2014

    Following the success of the previous cycling-related “What If Wednesday” events held by the University of Canterbury, another interesting event is coming up in a couple of weeks. Two years ago, Geography Professor Simon Kingham posed the question “what if cycling was safer than driving?”, and explored the true risks (or not) cycling in New

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  • Perceived Danger or Actual Danger?

    Perceived Danger or Actual Danger?10

    • 16 May 2014

    Following last month’s tragic cycling incident in Hillmorton, yesterday’s Press reports (on the front page no less) that the victim’s father is now too scared to ride himself. It’s perhaps an understandable reaction, although I wonder whether the real issue is the perceived safety of cycling rather than the actual safety. The morning after the

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  • Guest Post: We Share the Road?

    Guest Post: We Share the Road?14

    • 6 May 2014

    Here’s a guest post from reader Dan Hanson: We Share the Road: A road safety campaign from CCC and NZTA I found myself doing a double take at the Springs Road/Main South Road intersection last week, at this perplexing billboard: The image caught me off guard, as I couldn’t imagine why a cyclist so close

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  • A little plug for Spokes Canterbury

    A little plug for Spokes Canterbury0

    • 14 April 2014

    The recent local media coverage has been fairly comprehensive in discussing first the planned delays to completing the Major Cycleway network and then reaction to the tragic cycle death a couple of weeks ago. Through it all, you might have seen comment from Spokes Canterbury Chair Keith Turner, and I thought it was timely to

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  • Christchurch Council’s Commitment to Cycling fails the ‘Sniff Test’

    Christchurch Council’s Commitment to Cycling fails the ‘Sniff Test’0

    • 13 April 2014

    Another recent example of government failing us has been much in the news lately with a tragic death illustrating why inadequate cycling infrastructure and the entrenched culture of motor vehicle focused law and bureaucracy must not be allowed to continue. Christchurch’s major cycleways projects were originally to be delivered in three years, then five, now

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  • How should we tackle Cycle Safety in NZ?

    How should we tackle Cycle Safety in NZ?21

    • 6 April 2014

    So you may have heard that I got myself another little job to do in the next few months – help the Government formulate some proposals about what to do about cycle safety in this country. The NZ Transport Agency has announced a national Cycle Safety Panel to follow up on the recent work by

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  • Bicycling in the ‘Hood: Do-able or Dangerous?

    Bicycling in the ‘Hood: Do-able or Dangerous?2

    • 28 February 2014

    Here’s another guest post from regular contributor Robert: The anticipation and high expectation of better things for the everyday cycle-person in post-quake Christchurch is palpable right now. Rightly so – news of the 13 cycleways to be developed soon is frequently reported in the media and via PR releases. . Naming the routes will perhaps

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  • Are painted cycle lanes dangerous?

    Are painted cycle lanes dangerous?9

    • 8 February 2014

    The planned Major Cycleways for Christchurch will comprise a mixture of treatments: separated bikeways, shared paths, and quiet streets (“neighbourhood greenways”). These are designed to attract a lot of new “interested but concerned” people to cycling (or cycling more) who are a bit threatened when faced with too much motor traffic nearby. What’s not expected

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