STRATEGY 2008-2018; AND




Environment Canterbury invites public submissions on either or both of the following strategies:

The draft Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy (dRLTS) 2008-2018. The dRLTS

is prepared under the Land Transport Act 1998 and represents an update of the Canterbury

Regional Land Transport Strategy 2005-2015. The update reflects significant new areas of work

undertaken between 2005 and 2008, notably referencing the Christchurch Urban Development

Strategy 2007 and the Proposed Change 1 to the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement.

The draft Canterbury Regional Travel Demand Management (dTDM) Strategy 2007. The

dTDM Strategy is prepared in accordance with the Land Transport Management Act 2003, which

amended the Land Transport Act 1998 to require the Regional Land Transport Strategy (RLTS) to

include a TDM strategy with targets and timetables appropriate for the region.

Travel Demand Management refers to a range of methods that influence whether we travel, how

we travel, when we travel and where we travel. The aim of TDM is to maximise the efficiency

of the land transport system by removing the least productive trips or shifting them to times

of less demand. It is part of a more holistic approach to transport planning than the traditional

‘predict and provide‘ model, a recurring cycle of road building to meet ever increasing forecast

levels of traffic demand. TDM’s role, in this new approach to meeting transport needs, considers

the movement of people and vehicles, evaluating the wider social, economic and environmental

consequences of the land transport system and its further development.


The dRLTS and the dTDM are available for inspection at:

• The office of Environment Canterbury at: 58 Kilmore Street, Christchurch;

75 Church Street, Timaru, or Beach Road, Kaikoura;

• The head offices of District Councils in the Canterbury Region;

• The main public libraries in the Canterbury Region; and

• Environment Canterbury Website www.ecan.govt/transport

A paper copy of the Draft Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy 2008-2018 and/or the

Draft Canterbury Travel Demand Management Strategy 2007 documents are available from

Environment Canterbury Customer Services at the cost of $10.00 (GST incl) per strategy. These

documents can be downloaded free of charge from the website and are also available free of

charge on CD Rom from Customer Services phone 03 353 9007 or 0800 324 636.


Submissions on the dRLTS and dTDM Strategy are welcomed. Submission forms are located in the

front of the Strategy, on the CD Rom or may downloaded from our website www.ecan.govt.nz

Please mail your completed submission to:

• Freepost 1201, RLTS/TDM Submission, Environment Canterbury, PO Box 345, Christchurch; or

• e-mail to ecinfo@ecan.govt.nz, subject line RLTS/TDM Submission 

The closing date for submissions is 4pm, Thursday 20 December 2007.


For further information, contact Environment Canterbury’s Customer Services on 0800 324 636

or email ecinfo@ecan.govt.nz

Dr Bryan Jenkins




below is the section of the draft Regional Land Transport Strategy relating to cycling in the Canterbury Region ( N.B. not only Christchurch urban area)

Submissions WERE open until December 20th 2007 with hearings being held around late March 2008.

Cycling is widely recognised as a healthy, enjoyable and environmentally sustainable way to
get around. Travel by cycle is a convenient and efficient option for many people for short and
medium-distance trips throughout most of Canterbury due to the relatively flat topography.
Some people also choose to travel by cycle for longer distances throughout the region. The
environmental impacts of cycling are very low, trips can often be made door-to-door and it is
an affordable form of transport compared to most other options. Therefore, cycling forms an
important part of a sustainable land transport system for Canterbury.
Cycling within Canterbury falls into three categories:
• cycling within major urban areas
• cycling within districts including within and between towns and small settlements
• regional and inter-district cycling.
The approaches developed by each territorial authority will vary depending on the needs of
their respective areas, taking into account the various types and levels of competency of
cyclists. It is important to recognise that different types of cycling environments will suit
different people and also that different types of cyclist have different infrastructure needs.
On a regional basis the development of a network of cycle routes requires a co-ordinated
approach by participating organisations. "Cycling in Canterbury: Strategy for the
development of a regional network of cycle routes" forms a component of the RLTS and
supports this outcome.
Guiding principles providing a set of values to help develop provisions for cycling that are
integrated within the land transport system are provided in Appendix 7.
Policy 1.2: Support greater use of cycling, ensuring the guiding principles
for cycling are applied.
To be achieved by:
Planning methods
1.2.1 Development of networks of attractive cycling routes in urban areas, particularly in,
between and around town centres, local neighbourhoods, schools and transport
interchanges to desired destinations, and to public passenger transport stops.
[Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ.]
1.2.2 Ensure that developments are located and designed so that they support cycling as
a means of access. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ.]
1.2.3 Provide for cycle routes and cycle priority measures in major developments and
infrastructure projects. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ.]
1.2.4 Provide for cycling through supportive land-use planning, demand management
policies and associated promotional policies. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, ECan.]
Draft Canterbury Regional Land Transport Strategy 2008-2018
1.2.5 Develop a regional cycle network to provide attractive connections between urban
areas in Canterbury and links to adjoining regions. [Responsibilities: ECan, territorial
authorities, Transit NZ.]
Physical methods
1.2.6 Consider and adopt innovative designs in development of cycle facilities.
[Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ]
1.2.7 Provide convenient, secure and covered cycle parking at retail, commercial and
community facilities and at transport interchanges, where demand warrants and
especially where it enables multi-modal journeys. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities.]
1.2.8 Where barriers exist that make on-road cycling unsafe or illegal, seek to overcome
such barriers with safe and direct solutions. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ,
Land Transport NZ, ECan.]
1.2.9 Seek to provide physically separated cycling facilities on the strategic freight network
and busy arterial roads where cycle safety warrants. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities,
Transit NZ]
Promotion/education methods
1.2.10 Provide safe cycling training and education for all ages. [Responsibilities: territorial
authorities, Police, Land Transport NZ.]
1.2.11 Produce publicity/education materials for all road users to encourage safer and more
courteous and responsible behaviour. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Land Transport
NZ, ECan, users' associations.]
1.2.12 Actively encourage cycling through travel behaviour change programmes,
promotional and education activities. [Responsibilities: territorial authorities, ECan, health
boards, SPARC.]
1.2.13 Develop best practice methods and training for delivering cycling environments.
[Responsibilities: territorial authorities, Transit NZ.]

Alan Preston's submission to Environment Canterbury draft Regional Land Transport Strategy