Is there a serious role for cycling in the renewal of Christchurch?
There is an increasing move in many parts of the world to reduce people’s reliance on single occupancy motor vehicles. Reasons for this include climate change, peak oil, traffic congestion and health. One mode that ticks all these boxes is the bicycle, a mode of transport that has historically had a significant modal share. However today cycling has less than 5% of modal share in New Zealand and the single occupancy motor vehicle reigns supreme. This presentation will examine the potential role of cycling as a mode of transport in a redesigned Christchurch, and assess whether it can regain some of its lost transport mode share. It will review some of the key benefits of cycling specifically in improved health and draw on some recent research that has examined the importance of getting infrastructure right if we want to attract new people to cycle for utilitarian reasons.