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Quaker Forum – Parking and its problems. Can we ever get it right?

14/04/2021 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Parking provisions have a major effect on the nature of a city and its community. The deeper issues are surprisingly complex. They could kill a city, or make it more liveable. And what of the future in 20 years? Or 50? How can parking management be used to make the city more liveable, reduce emissions, and support businesses? Christchurch has a chance to get it right, but will it? We’ll talk about principles and issues, as well as the hurdles in the way which could lead to serious problems and even to a dying city.

The presenter

Axel Downard-Wilke is a transportation engineer and Director of ViaStrada Ltd., a national transport planning and design consultancy based in Christchurch. Axel specialises in sustainable transportation, urban traffic engineering, traffic signals, road safety, research, and transport planning. He is the instigator of the planning and design training courses for cycling, with some 1,500 people having received tuition since 2003. He was a member of the Cycling Safety Panel, convened by the Transport Agency to advise the New Zealand government on cycling safety, and was technical advisor to the Ministry of Economic Development for the $50m NZ Cycle Trail project. He was ViaStrada’s team leader for the project to develop the current guidance on planning and design for cycling in New Zealand.

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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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217 Ferry Rd
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