I have been a little sidetracked by the new website recently ... consequently I'm a bit behind but I can not leave good bicycle photos un-posted so ...
Lots of people cycle in Christchurch ... with their clothes on!
It's so refreshing to see so many people just getting on their bicycles to go somewhere ... not really on purpose ... but just simply getting about!
Oh and don't start me on the bicycle lanes (top right & bottom left) ... I loved them soooo much, I'm going to give them a whole post on their own! Watch this space.
Look at this picture above - not only are cyclist accommodated and respected, but old people can cross the road too ... you'd never get that in Auckland!! I tell you, it was like being in another country!
... and children riding by themselves without fear or head-to-toe fluoro ... and this is in the middle of the city!
You get the feeling that cyclists are respected ... you feel loved ... like they care. It was a real pleasure to cycle in Christchurch.
I even spotted this 'Copenhagen Bakery' - how cool is that! Christchurch has definitely got its role model sorted ... I think Auckland is using Moscow as it's role model!
Interestingly, Auckland is on the 'the world’s 20 cities with the worst traffic jams' lists even though we have a fraction of the population of any other city listed - now that's quite an achievement.
Oh, and the bicycles ... beautiful bicycles
Pretty bicycles ...
And even at the airport you get the feeling that bicycles are welcome.