• Guest Post: Progress in Bucketloads

    Guest Post: Progress in Bucketloads2

    Guest blogger Robert continues his check of the new cycleways by inspecting progress on the Little River Link (note, due to website technical issues, this post is a couple of weeks overdue): This photographic essay is the third of four updating where we are at with building the first four of our 13 major cycleways

  • New cycling research causes a flurry

    New cycling research causes a flurry7

    Three interesting research reports about cycling have just been publicly released by the NZ Transport Agency and already they’re causing a bit of a stir around cycling circles (and elsewhere…). We previously alluded to these pieces of work being underway, and their findings have some interesting implications for cycling policy in New Zealand. {disclosure: I

  • Cycling in Los Angeles

    Cycling in Los Angeles0

    So, as mentioned a couple of weeks back, I recently visited Los Angeles briefly on my return from Washington DC. Instead of the usual rapid stopover at the airport, I took the opportunity for a 24-hour stay to have a quick look around some parts of the “City of Angels”. Given that this is an

  • First look: Christchurch cycleways underway

    First look: Christchurch cycleways underway2

    Over this summer, there’s a lot of Major Cycleway action happening around Christchurch. Many of the cycleways won’t be completed until March-May, but already there are significant signs of progress – and even completed bits to ride on. Let’s have a look at how some of them are doing (note: these photos were actually taken

  • Cycling insights from North America

    Cycling insights from North America4

    One of my colleagues, Megan Fowler, has just returned from a five-week study tour of North American cities, courtesy of an IPENZ Transportation Group Study Award. Megan’s focus during her tour was to look at how cycling is catered for at signalised intersections; as I’ve shown you previously, there are a growing interest in these

  • Hidden Treasures: Chch Northern Railway Cycleway

    Hidden Treasures: Chch Northern Railway Cycleway5

    Long before the Major Cycleways were even a consideration, the Railway Cycleway was Christchurch’s original separated cycleway. Following the northern rail corridor, it provides an almost uninterrupted riding experience from Riccarton to Northcote. The Christchurch Railway Cycleway was developed in stages, with the northern sections the first to appear. Slowly the route headed south towards

  • Guest Post: Just another day on a bike in Christchurch…

    Guest Post: Just another day on a bike in Christchurch…2

    Here’s a guest post from Taylah Mawson taking in her riding experiences – keep them coming, people! Cycling in Christchurch can be a mission but it can also be an adventure. The routes are forever changing and the cycleways are continually growing. It is a town where you look twice before you turn and check

  • Photo of the Day: Hook Turn Signs

    Photo of the Day: Hook Turn Signs4

    Although we’ve had hook turn boxes at intersections in Christchurch for a few years, it may not always be obvious on approach that they’re there for your use. So a new advance information sign has now been approved in New Zealand, and the first ones have shown up in downtown Christchurch: The new signs show

  • 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

  • Cycling Road Rules getting a shake-up

    Cycling Road Rules getting a shake-up18

    Many of the current road transport regulations in place in New Zealand were drafted really only with motor vehicles in mind; trying to apply them to cycles as well doesn’t always make sense. New developments in cycling network design also require changes to be made to the existing legislation to reflect their usage (e.g. did

  • Uni-Cycle Path ready to go

    Uni-Cycle Path ready to go7

    For those of you who have headed between town and the western suburbs lately, you may have encountered the latest addition to the city’s Major Cycleway network. The Uni-Cycle route now features a brand new wide path across North Hagley Park and further improvements from Matai St to Kahu Rd. The 4m-wide new path across

  • Has Auckland Cycling turned a corner?

    Has Auckland Cycling turned a corner?0

    So I spent half of last week up in Auckland attending the annual IPENZ Transportation Conference. As always, the conference itself was a great mix of technical and policy presentations, including some very interesting speakers talking about the possible ways that transport may dramatically change how we get around; be it self-driving vehicles, Uber-like call-up



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