• How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?

    How Cycle-Friendly are our Local Body Candidates?0

    • 25 September 2016

    Compared to the frenetic attention being paid in places like Auckland and Wellington, it may almost have escaped your notice that local government elections are currently underway in Christchurch as well, both at the City Council and Regional Council (not to forget the District Health Board either). Most of you should have received your voting

  • Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening

    Cycling in Christchurch 2015 – The Year of Stuff Happening4

    • 30 December 2015

    Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year. As we head into 2016, it is time once again to reflect on what has been happening cycling-wise here in Christchurch over the past year. And what a year it has been… As we started 2015, our thoughts on the coming year suggested a promising year for cycleway

  • 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

  • Government Policy Statement on Transport

    Government Policy Statement on Transport0

    • 17 June 2014

    New Zealand’s Transport Future? The National government has just released their draft policy statement on transport. It is not a bold step into the future, more a running into the shadows of the past. This link takes you to the details: http://tinyurl.com/lna762d or you can read on here for the low lights. Please do consider making

  • 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

  • Greens want more Walking & Cycling to School

    Greens want more Walking & Cycling to School0

    • 14 March 2014

    OK, that headline probably isn’t that surprising. But, now that we’re officially into election mode, the Green Party has fired the first salvo in the transport arena by targeting the trip to school. Their “Safe Walking and Cycling to School” policy is asking why half of New Zealand’s kids cycled or walked to school 25

  • Dealing with Cycling Safety in NZ

    Dealing with Cycling Safety in NZ2

    • 30 November 2013

    In the fog of overwork during the last few weeks, one item I haven’t highlighted yet is the release of the final report by the Coroner’s Office of their investigation into cycling safety. As you may recall, this was the investigation sparked by a spate of cycle deaths in late 2010. A series of hearings were

  • Will our new Council be Cycle-Friendly?

    Will our new Council be Cycle-Friendly?0

    • 25 October 2013

    The dust has settled, the results have been confirmed, and we have a shiny new City Council. I’ve been swamped with work at the moment (not to mention shifting house too) but, before it becomes completely old news, we probably should have a quick pause to reflect on what our newly electeds might mean for

  • Guest Post: Impressions from a “tourist”

    Guest Post: Impressions from a “tourist”0

    • 13 August 2013

    This is a guest post kindly supplied by Prof John Parkin from the UK, editor of the recent book “Cycling and Sustainability” and a recent visitor to our fair city… Kia ora. Large and small gems: that will be mine, and my wife’s, abiding memory of Christchurch for five weeks while visiting the University of

  • The Cycleway Tax that isn’t

    The Cycleway Tax that isn’t1

    • 1 March 2013

    The good news: Council wants to spend $70 million in the next five years building an extensive cycleway network! The bad news (at least to ratepayers): They want to charge a $20 annual tax to pay for it! The good news: It’s not an extra $20 because they’ll be reducing your general rates by $20!

  • Accessible City – Christchurch Central Recovery Plan 2013

    Accessible City – Christchurch Central Recovery Plan 20134

    • 5 February 2013

    The submissions on the proposed transport chapter of the central city rebuild blueprint closed on 1st Feb. The transport section of the blueprint was delayed so more time could be given to getting it right. Amongst other things it proposes keeping 75% of the one-way system rather than converting them back to two-ways. Reverting to

  • The 1000-Day Challenge

    The 1000-Day Challenge4

    • 25 November 2012

    The draft Transport Plan for central Christchurch has attracted a lot of comment both positive and negative about its impact on cycling. Now the Council’s Chch Transport Strategic Plan has just been finalised too, setting a city-wide 30-year vision for transport in Christchurch that also appears quite cycle-friendly. Probably one of the biggest concerns is



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