Due 2 April
Spokes thanks Council for this opportunity to offer our comments on the cycling projects and funding in the proposed draft Annual Plan 2020-22.
It is well known that we cannot build our way out of car congestion. Old habits are hard to break, especially with so many whose concept of transportation is limited to driving a car. Council’s challenges are only increased by catering to demands which can never be met. Ratepayers do not have the money nor Christchurch the land to build roading infrastructure to accommodate single occupancy motorized vehicles as the primary mode choice. Please see Resources below.
Council deserves support for significant funding and advancing the schedule of the Major Cycle Routes, MCR’s. Given the matching funds from central government covering up to 66% of the costs and that much of the work done improves utilities, upgrades intersections and provides new paving and kerbs it just makes sense. Please be prepared to take advantage of all future matching fund opportunities from central government. These projects save ratepayers money on so many levels. Please don’t let political gamesmanship and rigid ideology deny ratepayers of these benefits and improved safety as has the Fendalton Waimairi Harewood Community Board. Thank you.
Delivering more MCR’s, including routes to all areas and linked to local cycle networks needs more funding. People 8-80 years of age should be able to choose the sustainable transport choice which best meets their needs. Providing safe routes is essential for people’s needs to be met and real choice possible.
It really is great to see the funding for the MCR’s, but without the connecting local links people are being discouraged from accessing the MCR’s. Decades of underfunding continue to discourage transport mode equity or provide real road safety. We have been left with a congested unsafe and unsustainable roading network. Council’s Greenhouse Gas concerns requires Council to enable more people to choose cycling.
The draft plan allocates just over $1 million over 3 years to local cycling networks. This is far too little. Many areas need better local networks. The north east of Christchurch lacks good local networks or even MCR’s. The Otakaro MCR will be fine for tourists and recreation, but is not a suitable cycle commuter connection for the east. Major cycle routes connecting the east and all destinations are required. Quiet Streets projects are one option, not that expensive and need to be significantly advanced city wide over the next 3 years.
It is unclear just what the $466,000 for pedestrian and cycle Safety Improvements for Dyers Pass, Hackthorne and Cashmere Roads will accomplish. As this is found in the Roads and Footpaths section it may be that footpaths get the most attention. It is good to see, but won’t buy a whole lot for some of the most heavily cycled roads in the city.
With so many more people on bicycles and the recent debacle of inadequate cycle parking at the Riverside Market Spokes is stunned to find that Cycle Parking gets $20,000 over 3 years, less than $10,000 a year. No one likes to find bikes locked to every pole and post, blocking footpaths, making life for the blind or in wheel chairs more challenging. Bicycle parking is already an issue, underfunding it for 3 years will certainly undermine Council’s attempts to encourage cycling.
Spokes fully supports the MCR’s and delivering them as quickly as possible.
Rising rates are not a burden many can shoulder. Supporting a motorized typically single occupancy vehicle transport network is simply not affordable or sustainable. Typically half of roading costs are to maintain the existing infrastructure. Cars contribute approximately 10,000 times more wear and High Gross weight Vehicles,HGV’s a million times more wear on infrastructure than do bicycles. Providing safe fully connected cycling networks can and will save Council and ratepayers.
Where quality cycling infrastructure has been provided Council’s projected uptake numbers have been quickly exceeded. Inadequate infrastructure has led to decreases, Buckleys Road being one example. Increased congestion intimidates many would be cyclists. This pent up demand has been waiting for decades. Many more ratepayers would like to feel comfortable choosing to cycle. This Annual Plan needs to reallocate funding to make that so sooner, not later.
Spokes offers a very brief selection of articles and research in support of prioritizing funding to support sustainable walking and cycling infrastructure. Far more is available.
Business Benefits of Cycling
Cycling Infrastructure Safer for All Road Users
Building safe facilities for cyclists turned out to be one of the biggest factors in road safety for everyone.
This study published in the Journal of Transport & Health found that bike facilities act as “calming” mechanisms on traffic, slowing cars and reducing fatalities.
Cost Benefit Ratio of Transport Modes
University of Auckland’s School of Population Health four year project funded by the Health Research Council and NZTA to understand commuting and health in Auckland. … “We found that for main roads, investing in high quality on-road lanes with physical barriers, along with proven intersection changes, were the most effective at attracting new cyclists and keeping them safe. On the other hand, re-creating local streets as places for shared walking, cycling and driving at low speeds were also helpful” … high quality changes to main roads and local streets across the region are extremely cost effective, bringing more than $20 in benefit to society for every dollar spent
Health Benefits of Cycling
NZTA shows a health benefit of $1.60 a kilometre for cycling http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/359/
Cost per K Bike Car
Every kilometre travelled by car incurs costs to the individual and society that are more than six times those of travelling by bicycle, a new study suggests. The researchers presented a cost-benefit analysis developed for Copenhagen, finding that cars resulted in costs of 0.50 €/km in comparison to 0.08 €/km for bikes.
Why building more roads for cars just gets more congestion and is not the transport solution.
Math myth-busting some of our worst urban planning misconceptions
There’s math showing that replacing on-street parking with safe, separated bike-lanes is good for street-fronting businesses. That crime goes down as density goes up. That providing housing for the homeless actually saves public money. That you can move more people on a street when car lanes are replaced by well-designed space for walking, biking and transit.
Urban Myths about Cycling
Millennials Unhappily Stuck in their Parents’ Transportation System
59 percent of Millennials said they would “rather spend time doing more productive tasks than driving. The study demonstrates that there is a great untapped demand for alternatives to driving including transit expansion and bike infrastructure.
Please do make your voice heard by offering a submission in support of the MCR’s, more funding for local cycle networks and earlier inclusion of people who cycle in developing projects.