• Shouldering the burden

    Shouldering the burden6

    • 16 August 2016

    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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  • Can we put cyclists through Lyttelton Tunnel?

    Can we put cyclists through Lyttelton Tunnel?7

    • 14 August 2016

    A post currently doing the rounds on Facebook is once again raising the possibility of getting bikes through the Lyttelton Road Tunnel under their own steam. At present, the 52-year-old tunnel only allows bikes that are attached to the racks of the buses that go through. On the very odd occasion, people walking and cycling

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  • Have Your Say: Chch Annual Plan 2016-17

    Have Your Say: Chch Annual Plan 2016-171

    • 18 April 2016

    Every year the City Council reviews its intentions for what to spend its money on (and also how much it needs) in the form of its Annual Plan. Lurking in the background also is the ten-year Long-Term Plan (LTP) and this also gets reviewed regularly. This year, the Christchurch public get a chance to provide

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  • Cycling and the Law: Where can you Ride your Bike?

    Cycling and the Law: Where can you Ride your Bike?4

    • 19 December 2015

    Having previously covered the innocuous legal question of what exactly constitutes a bike, we’ll now turn our attention to where exactly you can ride your bike (and some of the implications of that). Before we get too far into that, it’s helpful to understand two key definitions in NZ legislation: A “road” has a very

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  • What can Christchurch learn from The Netherlands?

    What can Christchurch learn from The Netherlands?11

    • 30 June 2015

    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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  • Last stop Boston – and Reflections on US Cycling

    Last stop Boston – and Reflections on US Cycling1

    • 2 February 2015

    It’s been a week now since I got back from my trip to the US. My last destination was Boston, Massachusetts, on the NE coast (and I’m so glad I got out of there before this week’s fun…). Boston might not be as well known for cycling endeavours, but it was the only place on

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  • Have your Say – Northern Arterial Extension and Cranford Street Upgrade

    Have your Say – Northern Arterial Extension and Cranford Street Upgrade2

    • 18 December 2014

    Another big project is currently out for consultation (closes this Friday) and has some interesting aspects for cycling. While there are a number of potential improvements for cycling, there also appear to be a number of poor design decisions proposed and missed opportunities. You may be aware of NZ Transport Agency’s Northern Arterial plans to

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  • Seminar: How Did They Get Around? Transport in Early Chch, Sat 18 Oct

    Seminar: How Did They Get Around? Transport in Early Chch, Sat 18 Oct0

    • 16 October 2014

    This weekend there’s an interesting seminar that you might be interested in, courtesy of the WEA and the Beca Heritage Week programme of events: HOW DID THEY GET AROUND?  TRANSPORT IN EARLY CHRISTCHURCH Saturday 18 October, 1 – 4 pm, at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, $12 Come along to hear fascinating insights into Christchurch’s

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  • 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

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  • How does the Draft GPS on Transport affect Cycling?

    How does the Draft GPS on Transport affect Cycling?0

    • 8 August 2014

    There’s only a few days left before submissions close on the draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Transport for 2015-18 (due Monday). This is a very important document for how transport is funded and considered in New Zealand; essentially it’s at the top of the policy tree for all that we do in this space.

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  • 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

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  • A Week in Auckland – Is there hope for Cycling?

    A Week in Auckland – Is there hope for Cycling?7

    • 16 February 2014

    I’ve just had a week teaching up in Auckland, which is much more time than I usually get to spend up there. A lot of that week was spent inside presenting course sessions or listening to others. But I did get a few chances to look around and chat to some of the locals. We’re

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