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CCC is handling the consultation for the 4 laning of Russley Road/SH 1 from Avonhead to Harewood Road. Some active transport infrastructure is offered, but no lane or path along SH 1. The existing 1.5m shoulder will be widened to 2.5m. If you cycle in this area you will find an underpass at Harewood to get across and Memorial will go under an elevated SH 1 with cycle lanes provided. If you cycle on SH 1, it is an improvement, but will not attract the curious but concerned cyclists who need better separation.
Lots of info on this and I have only gotten through some of it and will update as I can. Draft sub to follow.
Comments from those who use this area greatly appreciated. please send to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
Your invitation to the
Dutch Embassy Presentation and Dialogue on Christchurch’s Cycling Future
Date: Thursday 28th November
Time: 5.15 pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Christchurch Polytechnic Institute (in the Te Puna Wanaka building, Te Wharekai — adjacent to Coventry St)
Following the Christchurch earthquakes the Dutch Embassy kindly offered its help to the Christchurch City Council to progress cycling in the city. Now two consultants to the Dutch Embassy are flying out to Christchurch for an intensive three day itinerary.
As part of their visit we have arranged to open up the programme to give an opportunity for dialogue with interested parties. This invitation is to an evening presentation, Q&A’s and dialogue in all things cycling (not limited to Christchurch’s major cycleway programme only).
Come enjoy hearing and hearing ideas with experienced cycle consultants from the Netherlands. There will be a focus on the cycle network delivery in Christchurch - physical provision for cycling, but the presentation will also include innovative designs and approaches used in Europe.
RSVP by Monday 25 November to melissa [dot] foster [at] ccc [dot] govt [dot] nz. Feel free to bring your own food and drink as refreshments are not provided.
An interesting article from Portland;
The plan for improving Main Road from Ferrymead to Sumner including the Coastal Pathway.
Comments from those who use this route and/or live in this area greatly appreciated. Please send to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
Notes and draft submission are attached.
the combined Spokes/Frocks on Bikes
2013 Christchurch Santa Parade cycling float
We gather at the start point on Wharenui Road at 1:30pm for the 2:00pm start.
Start position - Section 4, Number 57. Please write it down and bring. We're behind Cashmere Jazz Band.
The position will be marked on the footpath but ask a marshall (wearing a red bib) to consult their map. There is an official information sheet at the bottom. See google map here... http://goo.gl/maps/tXHNP plus the following...
Come and enjoy a family fun day on bikes. Feel what it is like to be a rock star performing in front of a crowd of 100,000 people.
This year Free Theatre has kindly loaned us their Knight's Horse from FESTA's Canterbury Tales carnival to use as our main feature! Does anyone know of where we can get a hiab truck to move it to the start? It is made entirely of bike parts and really is a magnificent beast of legendary proportions. See photo above.
They like us to wear costumes or fancy dress so let's say the theme is Ladies and Wenches chic/retro for the ladies, Biking Vikings and Knights of the Square Table for the men (some horny helmets available!). If you don't want to look a fool just decirate your bikes.
The parade is for dressing up or down and to be entertaining and colourful. The marshals have the authority to ask people not suitably dressed to leave the parade, although they are pretty relaxed about it.
If you don't have anything, you can wear Christmas decorations similar to the bikes. For ideas try the $2 shops, Creative Junk or Spotlight both in Sydenham.
Bikes: We may be able to assist in providing an unusual or even novelty bikes. Let us know. Also anyone on a penny farthing, tandem, unicycle, recumbent; cargo bike etc are most welcome, it will be costume enough. Even a rickshaw?
Trailers: Some bikes will be pulling trailers. Thank you to Steven Muir at http://cycletrailers.co.nz for their loan and other stuff.
Noise: It is fun to make a lot of noise! Bring anything remotely musical - bells, horns, trumpets, drums, violins, paper bags, elephant, giraffe etc. David at Velo-Ideale has really nice highly recommended musical two-tone bells for sale.
See http://www.christchurchsantaparade.co.nz/ for route details etc.
Post Parade Picnic
General: So we can get an idea of numbers, people who want to join please contact us -
Nigel (Spokes): nigel [dot] rushton [at] gmail [dot] com (preferred) or tel: 377-2820, or
Meg (Frocks): Meg [dot] Christie [at] cdhb [dot] govt [dot] nz (preferred) or tel: 981-1304
If you're still not sure what we mean see the Spokes / Frocks on Bikes "float" in the 2012 Christchurch Santa Parade here... https://picasaweb.google.com/104231391266154805828/2012ChchSantaParadeSpokesFrocksOnBikesFloat for a few photos.
We'd love to hear from anyone who is able to deck a bike out similar to the one seen below.
See you there for a really good time!
Bicyles and buses can help each other out. This is your chance to try and help government get it right.
CCC and ECan opened this up on 30 October with a due date of 8 November. You are going to have to move fast. The online survey is probably he easiest to dash off. http://www.metroinfo.co.nz/promotions/Pages/riccarton-lounge.aspx Points to consider are:
the need for adequate secure bicycle parking, perhaps even some lockers
how buses will be parked to allow safe passing by bicycles and cars
the need to expand the bicycle carrying capacity on buses past the current 2
If you are more into making a free form submission you can also submit on CCC's Have Your Say site. http://resources.ccc.govt.nz/forms/cityleisure/projectstoimprovechristchurch/projectinformation/HaveYourSay/ConsultationSubmit.aspx?ConsultID=952
WARNING CCC's site will offer you the opportunity to go back and edit your submission. Doing so will take you back to the start with all your work gone for good.
To comment on this post email to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
To view this online go to http://spokes.org.nz/newsletter/2013/10
Come Ride with Santa
An invitation to take part in the 4th combined Spokes/Frocks on Bikes cycling float in the 2013 Christchurch Santa Parade on Sunday 8th December 2013 along Riccarton Road.
Come and enjoy a family fun day on bikes. Feel what it is like to be a rock star performing in front of a crowd of 100,000 people! Enjoy a post parade picnic in a secluded corner of Hagley Park.
See attached final submission to be emailed Monday 4.11.13 Please send comments on this submission to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
CCC Marshland Mairehau Road Notes
Project Info page
I like these people's bi line and I think the article approaches a sensitive subject in a well reasoned manner.
(Short) Newsletter Special - Open Streets Ciclovia
Sunday 29th September 10:00am to 4:00pm
A reminder that the Open Streets Ciclovia Festival postponed in July is on this Sunday 29th Sept in the central city.
There are a few changes from the programme with heaps of stuff happening in what is the biggest active transport event in more than a decade. A brief run down and a request for volunteers at the end...
Special Vote Now Issue
To view this online go to http://spokes.org.nz/newsletter/2013/09
Road works around the rebuild
Have you noticed that there is a lot of road works going on all around the city? Well it is going to go on for a long time. SCIRT (Strong Chch Infrastructure Rebuild Team) are responsible. SCIRT's delivery teams comprise of 5 contracting companies who are responsible for the day-to-day management of works. They are Fletchers; City Care; Fulton Hogan; Downer and McConnell Dowell.
See http://strongerchristchurch.govt.nz/about/structure for more information on their values and behaviours.
These came through the CAN google groups network and may be of interest - they were to me! and a few things came to mind which I've put in in italics throughout:
Barbara Cuthbert wrote:
I got an update yesterday from Stephen Town from NZTA HQ news.
Improving the capacity of Curletts Road through one of four options - at least one of which involves no space for cyclists
See webpages and attached PDF of the document
Drop in time at the Upper Riccarton Library 3-6.30pm Wed 21st August
To read this e letter online go to http://spokes.org.nz/newsletter/2013/08
Road Works Around the Rebuild
Earlier this year following persistent complaints about the management of site safety around rebuild work sites from people riding bikes, Spokes asked for a meeting with SCIRT to discuss how things can be improved. In April our reps along with a member of the public were invited to meet with their Traffic Management Tactical Group TMTG (the SCIRT delivery teams Traffic managers).
quite an interesting article given this history here. it has certainly taken a while and I guess could reflect that the CCC feels like its on shaky ground after everything that's happened recently.
August 2013 Spokes Canterbury Newsletter
To read this online go to http://spokes.org.nz/newsletter/2013/07
Special Note: Our regular hard-working, non-paid, earthquake-affected editor is taking a well-earned overseas break. Rumour is that he has gone to London to join the cheering crowds welcoming the new royal baby - but don't believe it. So the Acting Editor has decided to take the opportunity to produce a more locally focused newsletter.
Doug Craig former Core member would appreciate visits at Chch Main Hospital, Ward 16, Room 6. He will be there for about 3 months for a non cycling related problem. 3 months, in the hospital, boring... Visitors will be enthusiastically welcomed.
Winter Solstice/Matariki Bike Ride
It is time again for the winter solstice ride around Hagley Park. Last year's event drew over 100 happy people and over that are signed up for this year. A circuit around the park is just the thing before retiring for a few drinks with friends.
A chance to light you and your bike up like a Christmas Tree!
Friday 21st June, 5:30 PM, meet at the Armagh Gates, Hagley Park.
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:
8) Presentation of the Bicycle User Map Project (BUMP)
9) City Councillors' panel discussion
Please stay and share some light refreshments afterwards
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:
If the bicycle was invented tomorrow, it would be seen as the solution, not the problem
CHOCBAR! CHristchurch Otautahi Cargo Bike Annual Rally
Postponed on 20th April due to bad weather this is now scheduled for Saturday 11 May. Follow link http://spokes.org.nz/contentevent/2013/04/20/chocbar
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!
June 2013 update:
Council made clear to staff that they were not pleased with what had been done. At the 25 Oct 2012 council meeting thisndesign for a road serving 6,000 vpd was considered dangerous. None the less council voted 9-4 against remedying this dangerous situation. (Doing right by the community and people who bicycle would be expensive and politically unpalatable.)
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
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