28: Micromobility and Disaster Resilient Cities — the Christchurch, NZ case study

In this episode, Horace and Oliver discuss Horace's visit to Christchurch, New Zealand for the ITSNZ T-Tech 19 conference. For those that don't know, Christchurch suffered a massive earthquake in 2011, levelling most of downtown and killing 181 people. The city has been rebuilt with great cycle/micromobility infrastructure, which has led to Lime Scooters and cycling as a modal being incredibly popular in the city. 

In this episode, we unpack:

  • Why the concentration of political power in cities makes them more likely to be able to quickly adapt to micromobility changes

  • How the earthquake parallels the expected increase in volatility in environment we're likely to see from climate change, and how this benefits micromobility. 

  • How sunk costs in infrastructure can and will hinder the adoption of micromobility, and why this is a mistake.

  • How the conformability of small vehicles allows them to permeate further into the city substrate in a way that larger vehicles cannot

  • How transport changes how we relate to cities, and the possibilities that we see with them. 

  • How asset-light models suit an experience driven culture, and how this is a reflection of new forms of status.

Have a listen to Horace on Radio New Zealand discussing the potential of micromobility in these isles.

Here is also a photo of Horace with the Associate Minister of Transport, Julie Ann Genter showing off a Stromer E-bike.

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