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Update from Christchurch Commuter Programme: December 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, cycling, commuting

Welcome to the first ‘Give it a go’ newsletter from the Christchurch Commuter Programme - part of the Greater Christchurch Partnership.

It’s been a huge year working with over 20 organisations and thousands of staff to help people find a good way to get to work. The results have been truly outstanding. 70 percent of Aurecon staff now get to work by bus, bike, walk or carpool, DoC have a 53 percent cycling rate, and ACC have seen a 35 percent drop in the number of staff driving into work. This is just a taste of what’s happening across the city!

Merry Christmas!

James Young
Greater Christchurch Partnership Team
Email: James.Young[at]

Rapanui Stage 1 Cycleway Opening Celebration

Stage 1 of the Rapanui Cycleway is opening on Wednesday 13th December.

Come down to Linwood Park between 7.30 and 10.30am to celebrate this new cycleway. If you are commuting in, Stop by for a healthy breakfast and free bike tune-up on your commute, and give the new route a try. You could also arrange a field trip or team exercise session and come and visit. The official ribbon-cutting is at 9.30am.

The best part of the new Cycleway for commuters from the east side of town, is avoiding the Linwood Avenue/Aldwins Road intersection with a priority light now taking you over Aldwins Road.

Facebook Commute Community Group now live

“How do we connect people up?” we asked ourselves. There’s lots of interesting happenings in the rising city, and from surveys we know people want to feedback and also learn from others.

Join the Commute Community Facebook Group, and get involved in the conversation. Take some footage of your commute, share a story, be inspired by other individuals and workplaces, or ask a question. Give it a go!

Organisations getting active on their commutes

The Give it Go programme includes our support and advice to workplaces setting up internal transport user groups. Your staff know best what your organisation needs to help make it a great place to bike, bus, carpool, walk and scooter to work.

Aurecon’s Transport User Group has launched, and named itself the Aurecon Clever Commuter Group. We’ve been in and filmed their experiences, including the most unusual commute mode we’ve seen to date - look forward to posting that up on the Facebook Group. 70 percent of Aurecon employees said that they take the bus, bike, walk or carpool as their main method of transport to work.

Last week we presented to everyone at Department of Conservation. 53 percent of them bike to work as their main mode of transport. This is the best percentage in the city that we are aware of, so it was great to be able to detail their results.

ACC’s wellbeing committee has taken the lead and is starting their transport user group, and Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education User Group has been getting some great wins on the board with some facilities improvements, lunchtime reccies to the Bus Interchange to practice using the bus bike racks, and plans to go and test-ride some e-bikes together. 35 percent of ACC employees changed from driving their car to work to other modes once they moved into town and now the majority don’t drive in.

Community Public Health have some great stories to tell, if you want to hear about electric bikes in your organisation, how to run a good sustainability team and what the doctor wants you to know.

Special Christmas initiative from the Christchurch Commuter Programme

We will be sharing special Christmas activities, events and  giveaways all located in Christchurch’s central city between 11th and 21st December!

The 12 Days of CHCH initiative will be run in association with Christchurch NZ and Pockets of Awesome.

James’ Blather

It’s been a real pleasure reintroducing ourselves to the people we met with before you moved back into town. Hearing how people enjoy their new lifestyle and being part of the change to a better city has been a rewarding highlight to the year. We’d like to kick things off earlyish in the new year by signing up organisations to the Aotearoa Bike Challenge if you’re not already involved.

Share your story of success, learning or otherwise

Get in touch! Flick James an email (James.Young[at] or get involved on the Commute Community Facebook Group.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch