Local Government – Muddling through Democracy

Long experience observing and making submissions in Christchurch finds that all is not well.

All levels of government play their part in mediating class warfare. At the local level issues can get personal; people can feel rightfully aggrieved and often …

Guest Post: Community Board keen to cut Harewood Road cycleway

Out to the northwest, Simon Britten has noticed a worrying development:

The planned Wheels to Wings cycleway isn’t a priority for the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board. Speaking to Council last week in support of the Board’s Annual Plan submission, Chairman Sam …

Highlights from #2walkandcycle Conference Nelson

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 …

A complete cycling network for 34 cents a year

Am I missing something?  The Christchurch Transport Plan says that there’s a golden opportunity right now to create a complete high quality cycling network in Christchurch.  The graphs in the plan show a steadily increasing spend on cycling and walking.  …