The “New” transport plan: Link here: http://ccdu.govt.nz/our-progress/announcements/draft-transport-plan-open-for-public-consultation-15-november-2012 for the city has kept the one street system. Their logic defies belief. Internationally one way streets are a dead duck. Most cities in the world, Including Dunedin and Auckland are converting their one way streets back to 2 way. They are race tracks through central city areas, “that result in diminished livability and population, struggling businesses, unattractiveness, vacant land and buildings, lower property values and lower city rate revenues.” Jill Bradley, Submission Christchurch Transport Plan 2013. CCDU+CERA+Transport+2+Way+better+than+one.pdf
This is the most compelling readable summary that I have seen of the futility of retaining the one way street system. A failed 1960-1970 experiment.
You would think that the CCDU would have read the literature and looked at the evidence in front of them. The degradation of Lichfield St, St Asaph streets, Barbadoes St… etc was obvious to all. The property values were low, the buildings derelict.
We fought the CCC 10 years ago when they wanted to convert Tuam Street to one way, now the CCDU want to reinvent the wheel. Will they never learn.???
And you wonder why Christchurch people are so frustrated? Stupidity is alive and well here.
Ps Dunedin has just announced that they are converting their one way systems back to 2 way. Link Here: http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/291930/WH_Final-Posters-Compressed-2.pdf
A great looking plan to revitalise the CBD. A pity that the CCDU has not listened to international experts.
A plan done on the cheap again??
The High Street Heritage precinct will be trapped between 3 one way streets/racetracks. Not a happy scenario.
Interesting to note that the CCC thinks that by landscaping these streets, and slowing the traffic down they might mitigate the worst of the effects. This is a cop-out. It does not and will not solve the problem. Unfortunately the CCDU and the CCC are totally dysfunctional as a working unit.
One way streets are a failed 1960’s experiment. They should be consigned to the dustbin of history.
ho humm, how do you fight such stupidity???