• Mythbusting: “Hardly anyone cycles”

    Mythbusting: “Hardly anyone cycles”5

    Getting cycleways over the line in Christchurch (and the rest of New Zealand) has always been a difficult task, with various concerns about cost, car-parking, traffic restrictions, potential conflicts, you name it. It’s interesting to note though how often we still see someone complain that they don’t see the point because they “never” see any

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  • What can Christchurch learn from The Netherlands?

    What can Christchurch learn from The Netherlands?11

    Having had a month ranging far and wide around The Netherlands (and a month since to reflect), I think I’m starting to see some common trends emerging in terms of what makes the Dutch get on their bikes so much more than us (or indeed, almost anyone on the world). After showing you the sights

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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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  • Show me the money – The Economics of Cycleways

    Show me the money – The Economics of Cycleways9

    • 22 February 2015

    Spending any significant sum of money by the City Council tends to attract the scrutiny of some ratepayers, especially if they’re dubious about the benefits to be gleaned from the investment. We’ve seen some of that with the planned expenditure on a convention centre and new stadium for example. Some people have also been questioning

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  • Can shared paths work?

    Can shared paths work?13

    • 14 November 2014

    The Major Cycleways are likely to feature a mix of different types of infrastructure for cycling. Some of it will be separated bikeways (especially along busier roads), some of it will be “neighbourhood greenways” shared with traffic along quieter streets, and some of it will be shared pathways along off-road corridors. The latter type of

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  • Highlights from #2walkandcycle Conference Nelson

    Highlights from #2walkandcycle Conference Nelson2

    • 5 November 2014

    Well I’m a few days back from Nelson, where an action-packed 2WALKandCYCLE Conference kept ~190 delegates engaged for three days last week. The term “action packed” might not sound right in the same sentence as “conference”, but it seems an apt description for an event that featured walking and cycling tours, interactive learnshops and poster

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  • Separated Bikeways – More Good Evidence

    Separated Bikeways – More Good Evidence4

    • 24 February 2013

    There’s been a lot of good discussion here in Christchurch about developing separated bikeways, but we’re not the only ones in New Zealand looking seriously at the issue. I’ve already mentioned previously what Auckland are planning to do soon. Meanwhile Dunedin have also been talking a lot about the topic, particularly since a high-profile cycling

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  • Are you “Interested but Concerned”?

    Are you “Interested but Concerned”?3

    • 6 November 2012

    When trying to encourage more people to cycle, it’s helpful to “know your audience”. There’s an interesting theory that was developed in Portland, Oregon, to help understand who might want to cycle for transportation. Its intuitive logic has been so successful that many other places have also embraced its philosophy when considering their own would-be

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  • The Orthodoxy of the Highway – The true believer’s approach to transportation planning

    The Orthodoxy of the Highway – The true believer’s approach to transportation planning1

    • 10 July 2012

    Back in the 1940’s urban planners found that building or expanding roading increased traffic congestion. This point was further reinforced in NY in 1973 when the West Side Highway collapsed and the predicted traffic chaos was instead a reduction in traffic. San Francisco found a similar result with the destruction of the Embarcadero freeway in

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