• 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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  • Photo of the Day: Hagley Park Path Works

    Photo of the Day: Hagley Park Path Works1

    We’ve had the odd grumble in the past about contractors not thinking about bikes when doing works, and there’s still plenty of recent examples for them to work on. So it was rather a surprise last week when riding through South Hagley Park to come across this (excuse the glare off the reflectors): Currently work

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  • Photo of the Day: Cycleways and Rubbish Day

    Photo of the Day: Cycleways and Rubbish Day7

    Tennyson St is the grand-daddy of separated cycleways in Christchurch; it’s been around for well over a decade. So it pre-dates the introduction of the kerbside wheelie-bin rubbish and recycling scheme a few years back. I love this scheme; it’s a great way for us to get our recycling and organics easily dealt with separately.

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  • Timely street maintenance is important for cycling

    Timely street maintenance is important for cycling1

    The first week I was back in Christchurch after my overseas travels was a bitterly cold July one, with lots of ice and frost about. The City Council’s contractors, to their credit, spread lots of grit down on the main traffic routes around the city, to minimise crashes. Fair enough, it’s important to be pro-active

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  • Groningen and Zwolle – the best for cycling?

    Groningen and Zwolle – the best for cycling?0

    My final visits in The Netherlands were to two more northerly cities. Groningen (pop. 200,000) is often considered by many to be the best cycling city in The Netherlands with over half of all vehicle journeys made by bike (unfortunately too small a city to be rated by the folks at Copenhagenize). Meanwhile Zwolle (pop.

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  • Top Tips for Starting Bike Commuting

    Top Tips for Starting Bike Commuting4

    Spring has finally made its return (well, officially at least), and for many that might mean thinking about starting (or returning to) biking to work, study, etc. We’ve posted various things over the years about cycle commuting and I thought it might be useful to collate here some quick top tips for getting the most

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  • More messy pathways in winter

    More messy pathways in winter4

    At this time of year, I’m not a big fan of cycling through our reserves like Hagley Park. As I go along the various paths, I can only conclude that the parks management staff really don’t understand the role of paths as all-weather transport links in the same way that their roading brethren do. It

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  • Feedback wanted: Is “Transport for Chch” useful for you?

    Feedback wanted: Is “Transport for Chch” useful for you?1

    One of the outcomes of the quakes has been a greater emphasis on collaboration by the various organisations involved in delivering transport facilities and services around Chch. Partly this has been driven by the significant upheavals in our transport patterns post-quake, firstly due to land-use shifts/changes and now with the never-ending street works and road

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  • Keeping Pathways Dry

    Keeping Pathways Dry2

    Any time there’s a decent rain (like this past evening) it’s instructive to see how our various cycle paths fare. Often it seems that it doesn’t take a lot of water for them to more closely resemble a swimming pool than a transport route. I’ve often felt that pathway designers get the use of their

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  • What “Quick Wins” would you like?

    What “Quick Wins” would you like?21

    Hidden beneath all the hoopla about the City Council’s Major Cycleways programme, there is another small but potentially very useful line item in the Council budget.  $250,000 was allocated for each of the next two years for “cycleways targeted improvements” (page 304 of the Three-Year Plan for those playing at home). In a nutshell, the

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  • Pathway Leaves – A Menace for Cycling?

    Pathway Leaves – A Menace for Cycling?3

    As if there weren’t enough hazards to contend with on the road, it seems that pathways are not always safer either. Last Monday morning apparently there was an accident in Hagley Park where an experienced cyclist on a mountain bike slipped on the wet leaves on a pathway and suffered quite serious broken bone injuries.

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  • Being looked after during the Rebuild

    Being looked after during the Rebuild4

    Anyone who has travelled around town lately can’t help but notice the immense amount of roadworks going on. The rebuild is in full swing, repairing pipes and roads, and that means a lot of temporary traffic management. Unfortunately that could also mean a lot of angst for those on their bikes. We’ve griped a little

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