Every cloud has a silver lining?
Christchurch might be a bit more bike friendly than Adelaide but there's much room for improvement.
Alasdair, I met a NZ cycling planner at the Velo conference held in Adelaide in 1999. Even then they were ahead of Australia on cycling infrastructure.
This week I told a politician that I would like residential roads to have 30 km/h speed limit and 50 km/h for urban arterial roads. Nice to know an example in nearby NZ. Alasdair, can you provide more info on this?
I think you'll find a majority of the 30km/hr speed zones in Christchurch are in areas where there is earthquake related road damage....eg. where they've stacked containers along base of cliffs on road out to Sumner.
The 50km/hr urban limit isn't new...it's been around since I first started driving around Christchurch (late 70's).....
Re residents ignoring the speed limit...it's no worse than it is here in Adelaide.
Roger on the 30km/hr zones.
Prior to the change from imperial to metric in the mid 60's the urban speed limit was 30mph. With the switch to metric the limits remained the same....50km/hr.
Having driven in both Adelaide and Christchurch I find driving around Christchurch alot less stressful than in Adelaide. Maybe its because of the earthquakes but in Christchurch other drivers seem more willing to let you into a lane and at a number of intersections (eg Ferry Road Bridge) there seems to be an unwritten rule that even if you have the right of way if there's a line of cars waiting to turn across your path you stop and wave a few of them through.
Im glad to see youre ignoring the current Australian govt travel advisory on Christchurch and travelling to the battered garden city........much appreciated.
Martin, realise you are referring to NZ.
30mph = 48km/h. 35mph = 56km/h.
When Australia went metric, some speed limits increased slightly.