ECan (Environment Canterbury)
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.
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.
for Spokes Canterbury
This is ECan's plan to meet regional transport issues. The actual plan is at
http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/Plans/draft-rltp-2012-2022.pdf The link below is to the start page and does provide some good background.
This plan conforms to the central government dictated policy statement and is focused on:
economic growth and productivity; and value for money; and road safety.
This is an important submission to be making. Anyone interested in helping out?
Is anybody up for helping with the ECan draft Long term plan? I will tackle it soonish, but this is a busy month. Note the end of month deadline. I look forward to hearing back from interested parties. This link takes you to the land transport section. Which manages to say very little while offering less. http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/Plans/ltp-2012-22-draft-regional-land-transport.pdf
The separately listed web address takes you to the entire plan.
This submission was made at 10AM 23.9.11 via email. Comments can be made to newsletter [at] spokes [dot] org [dot] nz
The web address takes you to a link where you can download the RTC agenda which includes the draft.
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