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This is how we're responding in Waimakariri.

Getting around

One way we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a key contributor to climate change, is to use public, electric and active transport. Here are the ways Waimakariri is supporting more sustainable transport options:

  • Environment Canterbury provides public transport services for Greater Christchurch, with buses providing regular, convenient trips into Christchurch city. The region is transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet by introducing low emission and electric buses to the fleet. In the first year of use (2021) it's expected the move will reduce CO2 by 14%.
  • Waimakariri District Council supplies Park & Ride sites in Rangiora and Kaiapoi to provide free parking for residents who wish to bus or carpool, as well as places to keep your cycles safe. The Council is also prioritising investment in cycling infrastructure between its main towns, integrating walking and cycling into public transport planning, and ensuring new subdivisions include walking and cycling areas.
  • Recreational and commuter cycling and walking are supported by investment in infrastructure, with a number of commuter and recreational paths already dotted around the District. For example, construction of a safe route between Waimakariri and Belfast has made it easier for people on bikes to commute and connect to and from Christchurch.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers are popping up in public car parks across Waimakariri after the Waimakariri District Council signed an initial agreement with Meridian to support the installation of EV chargers in Rangiora. Council committed to supporting the uptake of EVs in the District by making space available for charging infrastructure in Council-owned car parks, working with Meridian who have extensive experience with EVs and associated infrastructure.
  • The Greater Christchurch partnership is looking at how the city needs to evolve. Greater Christchurch 2050 will describe the kind of place we all want for our future generations, and the actions needed over the next 30 years to make it happen. This work will culminate in a plan that is achievable for our region. This includes investigating mass rapid transport options.