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Taxing employer-provided car parks

March 20, 2012 by


A recent NZTA report suggests that employers who provide free car parking for staff could be taxed. NZTA says that the availability of free car parking for employees undermines attempts to reduce congestion and increase the rate of use of public transport  in our three biggest cities (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch). ”The availability of ‘free’ employer-provided parking […]

A sea of car parks taking shape

March 1, 2012 by


One of the best projects to come out of the earthquake mess is undoubtedly the Gap Filler project, which aims to temporarily fill the “gaps”, where buildings once resided, with art installations, activities, gardens and the like. I think it is a fantastic initiative, and deserving of much praise. It not only helps to break up […]

Should we pay for every car park?

February 20, 2012 by


Recent posts and comments have made me wonder how we might further encourage people to move from using their cars to using public transport. Sure, we can improve the quality of the public transport system, as that certainly has a bearing on patronage. Focusing on improving core services, introducing a rapid transit network, and other innovative ideas […]

Car priority for CBD Plan misguided

October 6, 2011 by


  There are a few voices out there that have been consistently making the call that what we need in the CBD is “better” access for cars and “more parking”. Christchurch has a history of car dominance over the last 50-60 years, so I fail to see how we could get even better access than we have […]

Western suburbs roads take the strain

August 25, 2011 by


Today on Stuff was an article outlining the westward drift of traffic in Christchurch since the February earthquake. It was more interesting than anything else, but shows how strained roads have been due to changed travel patterns: Johns Rd had an extra 11,000 vehicles per day immediately after the February 22 quake as traffic volume […]

“Vision for Christchurch” meeting

April 20, 2011 by


The Greens, the only party to oppose CERA, hosted the first in a series of public meetings last night to present an alternative vision for Christchurch’s earthquake recovery – with the first focussing on the CBD. There was an impressive turnout, around 200 people, and amongst the crowd I spotted CCC councillors Chrissie Williams (chair […]

Cyclelanes removed by Civil Defence

April 14, 2011 by


Via The Press, Civil Defence has been removing cyclelanes in order to “improve” traffic congestion. Immediately after the earthquake, I noticed that most people were travelling down my street in Riccarton by bike or on foot. By the end of that week, traffic congestion became massive however. There’s no argument here that congestion has been […]