Spokes Canterbury thanks Ashburton District Council (ADC) for considering cyclists and bike parking in their parking strategy
Spokes Canterbury believes that ADC is correct to assume an uptake in active transport for the following reasons:
- Awareness of the global climate emergency is growing
- Personal health is improved by use of active transport
- A second bridge over the Ashburton River will encourage even more active transport
Note that solid structures to which bikes can be locked by D-Lock or chain are much more secure than strip bike racks. One only has to note the incidence of bike wheels without frames left locked to strip bike racks
Camera monitoring – and advertising of it – improve bike security
Any changing needs for bike parking can be addressed very quickly and inexpensively – the important thing is to ensure that there is a feedback loop
Bike security is enhanced if it is sited in the open rather than placed in a location with less visibility eg a parking building (unless monitored by camera and operator)
Cyclists will park as close as possible (and hopefully reasonable) to their destination
By explicitly providing bike parks the risks of tripping to the elderly and visually impaired are much reduced
One car park can easily accommodate ten cycles – see CCC structure below, copied from https://newsline.ccc.govt.nz/news/story/more-bike-stands-for-christchurchs-city-centre
It’s good of the ADC to allow for the increasing use of larger ebikes and cargo bikes.
Spokes Canterbury (http://www.spokes.org.nz/) is a local cycling advocacy group based in Christchurch with approximately 1,200 members and is affiliated with the national Cycling Action Network (CAN – https://can.org.nz/). Spokes is dedicated to including cycling as an everyday form of transport in the greater Christchurch area (and within Canterbury).
Should there be an officer’s report or similar document(s) we would appreciate a copy(s).
If you require further information or there are matters requiring clarification, please contact our Submissions Convenor (and Secretary), Chris Abbott in the first instance. His contact details are:
Address: 101B Nayland Street, Christchurch 8081
Included in Spokes’ submission were pictures from the following links:
Strip Bike Rack – less secure
Often there isn’t enough reach in the chain to lock the frame to the stand, meaning that a bike can be stolen leaving the frame behind.
This example from https://www.treasurebox.co.nz/sports-fitness/bike-accessories/bike-stand.html
Bikes can be secured to the fixed bike stand securing frame and often at least one wheel with one D-Lock or chain.
CCC Example of a Bike Park Pod
One of the bike parking pods on-street on Gloucester St near New Regent St.
The covering letter and response were as follows:
Hi Ashburton District Council
I am sorry for the lateness of this submission.
If you can consider it, I would appreciate it.
If not, I understand, it was my error in being late (there’s a first time for everything).
In either event can you please update me with your final decisions on the Ashburton District Parking Strategy & Ashburton Town Centre Parking Management Plan?
Kind Regards, Chris Abbott
Secretary, Spokes Canterbury
ADC replied as follows:
From: ADC Submissions <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 12 October 2021 11:30 a.m.
Subject: RE: Ashburton District Parking Strategy & Ashburton Town Centre Parking Management Plan
Thanks for your feedback, I’ll include your submission with the rest we’ve received, it will just be noted as late.
Will also add you to the list to receive the finalised documents.