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Conversion of a roundabout to signals, with associated cycling improvements. Includes cycle lanes, shared paths, and hook-turn boxes. Off-road facilities particularly relevant with Marshland School right next door. I have my concerns that some of the on-road facilities won't be terribly useful for those who stay on the road (and possibly a couple of pinchpoints).
Some exciting cycling developments are on the cards in Christchurch over the next few years. In response to this our AGM will include a round table discussion by invited Christchurch City Councillors talking about the future of cycling in Christchurch. Come and join us and if you have questions send them in by Wed 22nd May
Date: Wednesday 29th May 2013.
Venue: CPIT Whare Kai
2) Confirmation of minutes from the previous Annual General Meeting:
3) Matters arising from previous minutes:
4) Report from the Chair:
5) Treasurer's Report:
6) Election of officers and other ordinary members of the
Membership Secretary: Executive Committee:
7) General Business:
Followed by Councillors' panel discussion and some light refreshments
World Class Cycle Planning and Infrastructure
Canadian Cycle Infrastructure planner Todd Litman will be presenting to the CAT forum as part of his day long symposia for local business and government decision makers. This is an opportunity to hear how the rest of the world is actually embracing cycling. Monday 13 May 12 noon to 1:30+ Do RSVP by 30 April to kate [dot] mackenzie [at] cardno [dot] co [dot] nz You can see Todd's blog at http://www.planetizen.com/blog/2394
CHristchurch Otautahi Cargo Bike Annual Rally.
** Please note this event was postponed on 20th April due to bad weather. **
Where: Meet outside Canterbury Museum
When: 10:00am, Saturday 11th May 2013
What: Depart from the museum and a convoy of cargo bikes will circuit North Hagley Park before heading off to Cashel Mall for an icecream.
Join in a fun ride particularly for cargo bikes, tadpoles, bike trailers, stretched bikes, Bakfiets, or any other pedal-powered vehicle that can take more than a couple of saddle bags. Standard bikes are welcome to join and be inspired by what can be done with pedal power or borrow a bike trailer for the day from Steven Muir 021-061-9296.
A mystery prize for the most unusual bike!
Listen to a discussion about replacing one way with two way streets in Perth, West Australia and the rationale behind it.
Plains FM Community Radio Station host Bill Demeter talks to Graham Newsome
Principal Traffic and Transport Officer, City of Perth, West Australia.
And read Perth's CBD Transport Plan to 2016 here...
Transport Reporter for The Age, Melbourne.
12th April, 2013
Pedestrians will take priority over cars on Melbourne's city streets if the council backs a progressive road safety plan on Tuesday.
CCC has come out in support of building $70 million of cycling infrastructure over the next 5 years. They need to know that the public is excited by this, supports it, and would even like more emphasis on walking and cycling.
Notes on the plan and a submission are attached. Feel free to read and, cut and paste or write your own submission. You have until 19 April to submit it to CCC. You can go to this link and hit the green have your say button to do an online submission limited to 3,100 characters:
This is the Annual Plan which will either include or not include the hoped for $70 million cycle infrastructure projects. If you want better cycling, make a submission. Notes will be forthcoming along with sample cut and paste submissions. It would be nice to have a couple of co lead authours on this one. Please email newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz if you would like to help out. Spokes works hard for the community and we would love some more helpers.
Using Dirks good advice I have used the council on-line form to prepare this submission and attached a pdf of what I propose to submit on your behalf below (Edgware Master Plan.pdf). Please comment and offer corrections (both of fact and typos). I am sorry the file is a bit poorly formated. I had to print the web page as a pdf which meant it put page breaks in strange places.
With all the talk of cycle ways to be prioritised by CCC this plan is quite disappointing. As it is cyclists will share bus priority routes and cars. The "Village" will be much as it is today with too many cars, bus routes running on Edgeware Road and Colombo Street and big parking lots left in place. Also sad to see is the return of pedestrians and people on bicycles serving as 'traffic calming' with inadequate path widths and separation. Road warriors will be left to duke it out while the majority who would like to cycle will be deterred from doing so.
Please take a look and add your comments. We have had some local neighbourhood input and invite more. Notes on the draft will be forthcoming.
This closes 10 April, so please be quick.
SPOKES CANTERBURY APRIL 2013
Read on line at http://spokes.org.nz/newsletter/2013/03
City Council Cycleways - Sign the Petition!
Boris Johnson's bold thinking could change the future of London cycling
Mayor's new plans for cycling in the capital could re-shape the way Londoners transport themselves for decades to come. The plan is to spend £900 million!
Just a quick graphic confirming that cycling through Noble Village will be a death defying experience. Thanks to CCC for their traffic calming based on inadequate infrastructure madness. People on bicycles as cost free 'speed humps'.
To add insult to injury Council staff claim that neighbours and cyclists agreed to this disaster.
The Land Use Recovery Plan, LURP will be a crucial document to guide the recovery. It is to include transport elements. Please put your hand up to work on this very important submission. It is being developed by ECan and other local bodies in response to a request by the minister. As a recovery plan all underlying plans and strategies of all branches of government must implement it.
This one looks very promising for cycling in Spreydon. New traffic signals will allow for cycle lanes, advanced stop boxes and hook turns to be installed.
A few other thoughts:
- A good opportunity to install some more low-profile separators and vertical posts (as per Strickland St) to prevent left-turners encroaching in the cycle lane.
- There is a shared pathway that runs along Lyttelton St in front of Centennial Park & Pioneer Stadium. It stops just short of this intersection, so the obvious thing would be to extend it there so less confident riders can use the crossings.
- The hook turn boxes are located a bit odd; they can quite happily sit in front of the side-road cycle lanes.
This major route faces real changes. Be a part of making sure the needs of people who cycle are included. Please leave comments and/or offer to become a supporting or lead authour to help Spokes best represent the cycling community.
Hi All: Please leave comments here on this plan and/or to be a lead authour in this submission.
The cycle path to happiness
An article by Simon Usborne,
published in The Independent
Tuesday 18 December 2012
Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on our brain chemistry.
Discover how the latest research is revealing more about the hidden benefits of riding a bike. Read about the unexpected improvements it brings to the health, education and general well-being of individuals and the community alike.
It should be compulsory reading for all parents and politicians.
Then redirect funding away from Roads of No Significance and into cycling infrastructure!
The full article can be read here…
Happy New Year from Spokes Canterbury!
UPDATED INFORMATION 26 January
In public presentations on this plan CCDU has confirmed that this is the only opportunity for community involvement. Oral submissions and community group involvement will not be a part of the process. They report that they will be most likely to incorporate specific suggestions made.
In light of this a new 'tickbox' submission has been attached.Please consider incorporating this into a submission you make. You can also make more than one submission.
Please repost to social media, etc. All must be in by 1 February 2013.
CERA and Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) have released their plan for transport in the central city rebuild. Spokes is asking you all to circulate this widely as we will need a great many submissions to be certain that bicycling infrastructure is well developed in our rebuilt city.Please post to Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Share an Idea found that the community's vision for the new city was a green residential, and commercial haven where pedestrians, people on bicycles and community came first. Cars were to be kept to the perimiter and smaller shuttles conveyed people. Only a rather limited version of that vision is found in the plan.
The attached files are for you to cut and paste, or to simply glean ideas for your own submission. Making a unique submission really helps, but if you wish you can simply cut and paste one of these. The'family' file is well suited to those who cycle some and would like to cycle more. The 'quick' sub covers more points and is well suited to those wishing to communicate more comprehensively. The 'draft' file is Spokes current draft for its own submission. Feel free to cut and paste from one or all.
CCDU is accepting email submissions if they are 'small' attachments, Transport [at] CCDU [dot] govt [dot] nz You can also use the link. 'Larger' submissions are to be sent to CCDU Private Bag 4999 Chch 8140
Submit to link at bottom of page: http://ccdu.govt.nz/the-plan/an-accessible-city
Notes on the plan have also been attached for those with the interest.
The plan itself can be found at http://ccdu.govt.nz/sites/ccdu.govt.nz/files/an-accessible-city-with-district-plan-provisions-20121115.pdf
Cycling Christchurch has some informative articles:
Funding article from The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/8253975/Uncertainty-over-who-will-pay-bill
And the Green Party has some ideas on its submission guide at:
It has been busy and here is another quick comments required request. The notes are attached and give a clear idea as to the submission. I would really like comment from those of you in Sumner. Feel free to post attachements or to email me at newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
Thank you, Dirk
Land Transport Management Act
Submissions due this Friday, 26.10
Check the attached file for a quick and easy submission you can cut, paste, edit.
National seeks to make big roading projects and big debts the law of the land. Sustainability and mode integration, that's walking, cycling and public transport will be officially put aside.
We need masses of submissions in opposition. Spokes has this quick and easy submission with links to empower you to act, now.
The second attachment is the draft Spokes submission to go in on Friday. Comment quickly if so inclined.
This is a key opportunity to make certain that the New Brighton Reserves are tied into local and regional recreational and transport plans. A natural off road walking and cycling path could be tied into the Sumner Coastal pathway via new off road paths through or around the treatment ponds.
Note that there will be a Community Workshop on Thursday 1 November, 7-9 Pm at S NB School Performing Arts Room.
Join Us for Fun
The Santa Parade is coming soon and you can be a part of the action. Spokes will be riding in retro chic style with costumed riders and decorated cycles. There are two parades this year one for the city and one for New Brighton. To get the details and RSVP please do check out these links.It would be great to have lots of us on bikes to join in the fun.
For Christchurch city on Sunday December 2 http://spokes.org.nz/node/1691
For New Brighton on Saturday December 1 http://spokes.org.nz/node/1690
Thanks to CCC for providing notice of this. Closure from 15.10 through mid December.
Skilled mechanic/driver for cycle tour needed
I am organising logistics for a Santana Vacations tandem tour in New Zealand in
The attached revised submission has now been submitted to CCC. Thanks to all who helped to create this submission.
Revised Consultation: http://www1.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay/ConsultationView.aspx?ConsultId=858
CCC has constructively responded to Spokes and other submitters suggestions and completely reworked their proposal to include the needs of people who cycle. A truly impressive effort from CCC. Accordingly they have reposted the project for consultation (submissions due 12pm Mon 15th Oct). Again, compliments to CCC for this high degree of openness and community empowerment.
I have attached a new submission addressing a single, but important concern. See round 2 sub file.
Original consultation (Aug 2012):
The University is seeking to encourage people to use public transport and cycling. CCC have chosen to focus on public transport and walking. The proposal will discourage cycling while failing to provide for pedestrian crossing and safety needs. The attached notes are fairly brief and easy to read. Spokes will be making a submission on this.
Christchurch Transport Plan
The city of Christchurch's 30 year transport strategy will be adopted by Council in the coming months. Spokes and 239 others made submissions to the plan, 85% of which emphasized that cycling was a top priority.
Council now has the option to amend the plan to align with the sustained support for
cycling found in these submissions, the Share an Idea process and surveys which
indicate that 30%+ of non cyclists would like to cycle but are intimidated by the poor roading and aggressive drivers.
A very big thank you to all the wonderful people out there who put in a submission to the draft Christchurch Transport Plan.
As a result of all your efforts the submissions show a lot of support to the development of safe cycling infrastructure and also a desire to see it actually happen.
Now we just have to see what the Council make of it all.
The Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group has recently
entered into a partnership with CCC to get the exciting project of a coastal
path from Ferrymead Bridge to Sumner underway.
Consultation starts with a series of public visioning
meetings starting on Tues 18th Sept 4pm—6pm, 19 Sept, and 9, 10, 23, 24 October details on their website - http://www.christchurchcoastalpathway.org.nz/news/consultation-meetings-...
Anyone with an interest in this path or in paths for other parts of the city will likely find this a good opportunity to learn how it is done and to meet the community members and CCC staff involved.
Spokes has been encouraging CCC to consult widely with the community and with people who cycle especially on cycling related projects. A good response here can lead to further, and much earlier, collaboration.
UC Eco-Week Cycling Activities
The University of Canterbury is holding its 2012 Eco-Week during September 10th-14th; this is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.
A number of cycling-specific events will be held during the week that may be of interest to the general public:
Copy of Spokes final submission below, submitted 3rd August:
To whom it may concern,
Spokes Canterbury, the Canterbury Cyclists Association, would like to make a few comments on the Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2012. We wish to present our submission in person should the opportunity arise.
We have just a few key points that we wish to make:
- The proposed shift to a mixed high/low frequency service system is a major shift in thinking for many people and has considerable potential to greatly reduce patronage. It is imperative therefore that a considerable amount of effort goes into "selling" the concept of the new system and using travel behaviour change methods to encourage people to make best use of the new services. Rather than viewing this as a "retrenchment" exercise to minimise costs, the Plan should still be looking for all opportunities to grow the market and that appears to be missing.
- The proposed new network plan in Christchurch is based around local hubs, which is an understandable approach. However we are unclear whether much thought has gone into the identification of suitable hub locations. As proposed they seem to broadly match the existing central city and major suburban shopping centres. However there are some notable gaps in the existing spread of hubs and it is also not clear whether some consideration has been given to likely future hub locations. For example, a lot of development is occurring (and has already done so) in the north-west and south-west of the city and one wonders whether additional hubs somewhere in the Avonhead/Burnside and Halswell/Wigram areas would make sense. With a resident population on campus of over 15,000 people (already with a good take-up of bus use), it also seems strange that the University of Canterbury is not considered a key interchange point. It is also not clear whether these hubs match those envisaged by the Christchurch Transport Plan or the other development and recovery strategies for the district.
- Wherever these hubs are identified, we would expect that high-quality (e.g. covered, secure) cycle parking facilities would be provided, to allow locals from a greater distance to take advantage of "park'n'ride". At present, the Draft Plan is not very clear on this.
- the Draft Plan makes no mention of the existing bike racks on buses service that has worked successfully to date. We would hope that this provision would continue to be rolled out on all newly contracted services; this becomes even more important if new network routes do not provide as direct a route between origin and destination for some as may have been in the past. We would also recommend that you put greater effort into promoting the service to the wider population; http://cyclingchristchurch.co.nz/general-a2b-by-bicycle/bikes-on-buses/ provides some examples of the key practical benefits of bikes on buses that could be better highlighted. We also support continuing the trial to allow bikes on buses through the Central Station and would expect the proposed new central Bus Interchange to do the same.
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Super Simple Christchurch Transport Plan (CTP) Submissions
Offered here are sample submissions for your consideration, cut and paste, or outright plagiarism. Feel free to mix and match, add or subtract. It’s your opinion that counts. Do put your personal touch on your submission. Alternatively you can use this url to access the, rather limiting, CCC submission form on the CTP. http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/hys/SubmissionForm-CTP-FINALWEB.pdf
The draft CTP offers a great vision. Unfortunately it makes clear on page 71 under ‘Affordability and Funding’ that it won’t deliver. As has been the case with the CCC Cycle Strategy of 1999, revised 2004, cycling somehow gets put off. The new blueprint for recovery makes clear that money will go to benefit downtown landlords with big monuments to political ego.
Share an Idea surprised CCC with broad and overwhelming support for cycling. It is likely a part of why cycling is featured so prominently in this draft plan. ( draft CTP Available at http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/AllCommsStuff/2012/DraftChristchurchT... )
If cycling is made a priority in the rebuild and a safe connected city wide cycle network is delivered in our lifetimes, it will be because lots of us insist that Councillors have the support to fund it.
Please distribute this widely. Post it to Facebook, Twitter and email it to friends. If this does not go viral, we probably get the pictures and promises, some cheap and easy improvements, and perhaps a few ‘flagship’ cycle projects which make good photo opportunities.
If you have trouble choosing one, join in with a friend so you can submit all the choices which speak your mind.
Submissions are due in by Thursday 23 August, 5PM. Send it in early to be sure.
Email your completed submission to CTP [at] ccc [dot] govt [dot] nz and consider emailing a copy to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
Please choose your version (Bullet Points, Common Sense, or Quick and Positive) from the attached files below and make your submission. IMPORTANT: Be sure to include your name, address and phone number to make your submission count.
The group to join if you would like to see coastal pathways for people on bikes and on foot.
Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group’s inaugural AGM Thursday 26 July 7pm
Redcliffs Bowling Club, 11 James Street
Guest speaker: Grant Porteous, past Director of Parks and Planning New Plymouth Council, oversaw the commissioning of the New Plymouth walkway. He will share with us the process that city undertook to achieve their pathway and highlight what the benefits have been to the district and residents.
It is important to let CCC know that there are still people outraged at the removal of cycle lanes from this new subdivision. That CCC staff made sure the developer got his way and that residents and cyclists were prevented from participating effectively is not something which any member of a supposed democracy should take lightly.
For more information on this topic see the Noble Village Saga in the July e letter
Here are the notes on the draft CTP. You can also refer to the notes on the pre draft CTP at http://spokes.org.nz/submission/2012/ccc-ctp-pre-draft, but there are definite differences.
A draft submission with attachement are also here for reveiw and comment.
The plan makes the case for cycling and acknowledges the huge demand from the community for a green cycle friendly city. It describes why this is the sensible option and provides some indications of how this might be achieved. It then takes it away by citing the central government's Government Policy Statement on Transport requiring big roading projects and the cost of the quake rebuild as severely limiting funding.
Councillors have come out strongly for cycling while letting us all know that central government and the rebuild costs are directing funds elsewhere. They really need support and encouragement to do the right thing. Please, give it to them. Once again your submissions, oral and verbal, are needed.
Check out this link for some super simple sample submissions you can make today.
Spokes on Facebook
Have you checked out our facebook page-
"Like" us at https://www.facebook.com/SpokesCanterbury to be updated on articles of interest, and stuff happening round Christchurch that relates to cycling.
A much needed improvement. Who would like to take this on? It is a good entry level submission. I am able to consult. Follow the link to get the information. Please let me know if you are taking this on so it does not slip through the cracks. Dirk newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
This handbook is quite short - but quite inspiring. Do you think we should be building towards somehting like this in Christchurch?
Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail - Progress Report Winter 2012
Finally some real progress is being made on the Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail. If ECan meets its construction promises for the Ahuriri Reserves section there will be a ridable link from one end to the other by Christmas 2012, even earlier with a period of good weather. A major opening event for the complete link is planned for some time in 2012.
CCC Transport Committee was replaced at the June 2012 council meeting with the Environment and Infrastructure Committee
Councillor Reid (Chair)
Councillor Keown (Deputy)
The following transport-related committees will have representation as follows:
Public Transport Advisory Group: Councillor Keown
Regional Transport Committee: Councillor Keown
The draft Christchurch Transport Plan was to be released after the 28 June Council meeting. It was not, we are told, as Councillors wanted more emphasis on active transport. The draft they read is a part of the publicly available agenda from the meeting. The attached notes are from that document. The dates ticked for this are guesses and will be updated once the draft is released.
This 30 year plan will replace many existing plans and strategies, including the Cycle strategy. I encourage all to have a read and to be ready to make submissions and to lobby on behalf of cycling.
Responses from 21 reasons to cycle in Christchurch
This is an initial consultation on plan change to develop the area. It looks rather good and mentions that cycling will be included. The accompanying transport plan maps show no cycle infrastructure. This may be as it is too early in the process, but pedestrian links are shown prominently. It is concerning that cycle infrastructure remains an afterthought or at best a tick box of little meaning.
Another subdivision seeking to pass itself off as pedestrian friendly by offering shared paths of 1.5 metres. It does offer some very good planning concepts and great illustrations. Still, it needs scrutiny and submissions from those who walk or cycle. AT 260 hectacres it is not a small developemnt.
It would be nice if CCC had sensible requirements for cycling and walking in place which it applied evenly to all developments.
Please post comments here to shape the final submission.
Submissions close 25 June
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Recently Steve Abley of Abley Transportation Consultants (http://www.abley.com/) sent this email to some of his clients. It has some stuff in it that may be of interest to Spokesters so we asked if we could put it up here. Thanks Steve, for allowing us to do so.
Subject: Abley Transportation Consultants - Topical News Item - Recovery
Strategy for Greater Christchurch
Tuesday 5 June 1:30 or so, Spokes oral submission on the CCC Annual Plan
More People Cycling, More Often
Solstice Night Light Bike Ride
Thursday 21 June, 5:30 in Hagley Park. A ride on the shortest day of year to keep our cycling spirits high.Organiser Ian Wells writes:
SHOW COUNCIL YOUR SUPPORT FOR CYCLEWAYS!
- Sign the Petition at
Cycling in Christchurch