Call for 'sexier' version of city transport plan
A draft plan for Christchurch's transport system has been put on hold while city councillors try to develop a "sexier" version.
Councillors were due to approve the council's draft transport plan for public consultation yesterday.
The draft plan outlines the council's vision and priorities for the city's transport system over the next 30 years.
However, Cr Sue Wells recommended that councillors hold off on releasing the draft until some alterations could be made.
"This is a very, very important document and there are still some pieces of work that need to be done," Wells said.
She said the council had to show "more assertive intent" with its plan.
"There are some very innovative things that I believe we should be considering," she said.
"It's an incredibly difficult thing to get across in writing, but we've got an opportunity to look at some fundamental changes."
Cr Tim Carter said the plan lacked incentives for the city's cyclists, who had repeatedly called for a more cycle-friendly city.
"Time and time again we have heard from the community that they want to have a city which is more focused on cycling and safe cycling," he said.
Cr Aaron Keown said the council needed to develop a "slicker and ... sexier" plan to attract public interest.
"If we can get more people involved in it, it would be beneficial to all of us because transport is so important," he said.
Councillors decided to defer the draft plan's release until more work could be done.
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