There are new ways of getting into the city with new cycle paths, new pedestrian crossings and new bus movements.
Look Again is the simple message at the heart of Christchurch City Council’s Cycle Safety campaign. Whilst Christchurch has become the street art capital of the Southern Hemisphere, incorporating clever artistry with the regeneration of our central city ties in perfectly to create this cool video that carries the message to be spread.
Statistics continue to show that when there is a cycling incident involving another vehicle on the road, the top two contributing factors by far are Poor Observation and Failure to Give way / Stop. So, the message is clear - don’t accept first glance…Look Again.
We can expect to see an increase in the number of people taking up cycling as our infrastructure continues to improve. People will recognise it as a viable transport option with its associated health and wellbeing benefits. Cycling can be a lifestyle choice for those wishing to escape congestion frustrations and parking stresses whilst feeling connected with our vibrant city.
As more of us cycle, it should become second nature for everyone to Look Again for each other to avoid conflict. Awareness, respect and courtesy are key behaviours that will help people get where they’re going safely.
There are separated cycle lanes outside the Bus Interchange on Tuam Street. Buses turn across the cycle lane to enter the Interchange. When the bus signals show a green bus-only light, the cycle signals will show a red stop light. People cycling are warned that a red cycle light is coming by orange flashing LED lights on the ground. These flashing lights mean get ready to STOP on the red light outside the Bus Interchange.
Read the flyer [PDF, 207 KB] for more information.
Go to the Transport for Christchurch(external link) website for cycle information about shared pathway etiquette, hook turns and advanced stop boxes. Find out more about road sharing advice if you're driving(external link) and the official road code if you're cycling.(external link)
Also, check out these handy road sharing hints(external link) when cycling or driving a truck or bus.