• What price for a cycleway?

    What price for a cycleway?13

    One of the more contentious issues recently regarding Christchurch’s Major Cycleways revolved around the proposal to purchase two properties in Somerfield to create a new link between Roker and Barrington Streets as part of the Quarryman’s Trail cycleway. This option allows a quiet street route for the cycleway rather than the original concept for a

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  • Guest Post: One Ride, Two Cycleways, Many Options

    Guest Post: One Ride, Two Cycleways, Many Options4

    Guest blogger Robert contemplates a Sunday well spent… It was billed as a Spokes Submission ride on Sunday Dec 11th to check out details for the currently consulted Heathcote Expressway and Rapanui-Shag Rock (Stage 2-3) Cycleways (described as a leisurely two hour ride out to the Heathcote and return). It evolved into a four-hour masterclass

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  • Bike and bus to the airport

    Bike and bus to the airport6

    In the past week I had to travel to Wellington twice, necessitating early starts to catch the 7.05am “red eye”. My wife needed the car (and that would have still cost $25/day for parking). I didn’t fancy paying $60 a pop for taxi rides to the airport (I suppose Uber would have been cheaper if

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  • Waimakariri District Walking/Cycling Strategy

    Waimakariri District Walking/Cycling Strategy8

    Immediately north of Christchurch, our nearest neighbours Waimakariri District are also getting into the cycling swing of things. While many people have been focused on the many cycleways happening across Christchurch, the Govt’s Urban Cycleways Programme is also delivering some cycle facilities north of the Waimakariri River as well. With that in mind, the District

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  • Guest Post: Trial by Jury

    Guest Post: Trial by Jury7

    Here’s a timely guest post by Ian Chesterman – thanks Ian! The debate around what to do with Victoria street has gone along typical lines, with the pro-biking/walking/public transport group predicting their preferred solution will usher in a utopian future, while the pro-car group is insisting that same solution would lead to an apocalyptic traffic

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  • Way out West – Are new developments cycle-friendly?

    Way out West – Are new developments cycle-friendly?7

    The growth in housing demand around Greater Christchurch has seen a lot of new subdivisions spring up, particularly on the periphery of the city. Areas that were farmland not too long ago are suddenly just another part of suburbia. We’ve seen how residential development has been done in places like Germany; so how do things

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  • Guest Post: The good, the bad, the ugly of Chch cycleways

    Guest Post: The good, the bad, the ugly of Chch cycleways1

    Guest blogger Robert recently went and had a look at the new Wigram overbridge and mused on other bits of our network… Well, a lot can happen in ten weeks for sure. Having reported on June 15th that the Wigram-Magdala bridge project would be completed during October, what a surprise to read on Stuff that

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  • New National Cycle Network Planning / Design Guidance

    New National Cycle Network Planning / Design Guidance1

    One of the important things announced at last week’s 2WALKand CYCLE Conference in Auckland was the public release of the NZ Transport Agency’s Cycling Network Guidance. This has been an exhaustive 18-month long project to develop and update national guidelines for planning and designing cycling facilities and networks (disclosure: my company ViaStrada was heavily involved

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  • Should Cycling be allowed in the Botanic Gardens?

    Should Cycling be allowed in the Botanic Gardens?2

    The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are the jewel in the crown that is our wonderful Hagley Park. On display there are a huge selection of interesting plants and flowers, both around the grounds and inside the numerous conservatories. When my kids were younger, the Gardens were also a great place to take the family, be it

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  • Cycling Activities for May 2016

    Cycling Activities for May 20160

    As the months approach winter, it’s natural to think that your opportunities for doing things cycling-related might also cool down. But, rather like our current run of golden weather, there continue to be plenty of things in Chch to keep people enjoying their bikes! In some cases, the details are still being finalised, so make

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  • Where could we easily add cycle lanes?

    Where could we easily add cycle lanes?11

    So recently I went and changed jobs. On the upside, that means 15 minutes less biking each way; on the downside, that means 15 minutes less biking each way… 🙂 More pertinently however, it also means a change from my previous route, which featured friendly cycle lanes and pathways for the most part, to a

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  • 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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