Reclaiming the Streets

A discussion on the direction of transportation design, urban design and planning for Otautahi – Christchurch

All the things that make a place enjoyable to live in contribute to liveability. How we move around on a daily basis and what options we have for travel plays a key role on how we see and enjoy the places where we live, work and play. Streets are also places we spend time and the environment created defines the urban experience: the buildings, trees, places to be and the effects of traffic.

Integrating land-use, transport and public space is a key principle in delivering successful and liveable communities. There is growing support from Government to create safe, resilient, well-connected and multimodal transport systems that put people first. We can have access to opportunities and also ensure transport plays its part in shaping the kinds of places that people want to live and work in.

New Zealand is not alone in considering these challenges. We can learn from others where significant positive social, economic and environmental outcomes have already been realised.

Claire Pascoe will focus on two different international approaches to changing urban mobility and how these are being considered in the New Zealand context. The Dutch are ‘optimising humans and marginalising machines’ while North and South America, Spain and other parts of the world are using low-cost, tactical street changes to achieve safety and liveable benefits faster.

What can we learn from these examples to create more liveable New Zealand cities?

Guest Talk – an update on road safety from GB and the EU

The Canterbury and West Coast Branch of the Transportation Group will be hosting Emeritus Professor Richard Allsop to give a guest talk on road safety developments from the Great Britain and the European Union. Richard is a member of the British Government’s Road Safety Advisory Panel and chairs its Statistics Group, having previously chaired the group which developed numerical advice to Ministers on the setting of Britain’s current road casualty reduction targets. He is a director of PACTS (the British Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety) and is active in the European Transport Safety Council as chairman of its Road Infrastructure Working Party, a member of its Transport Safety Policy Working Party, and chairman of a newly established working party on methods for assessing risk and setting targets in transport safety programmes.

We’re looking forward to learning about road safety developments abroad in light of the Ministry of Transport’s recent draft road safety strategy—Road to Zero.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to to confirm attendance.

Post-Lockdown Drinks – Welles Street Bar

Post-Lockdown Drinks

Come out and see your fellow Canterbury Transport Group members for the first time in ages!

No presentations or learning of any kind. Just catching up over some craft beers at Welles Street. Always a great opportunity to meet some new friends too.

Nibbles and first round provided for the early birds.


Thursday July 9th, 5–8pm

Welles St Bar

44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City

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