15 May 2020

Biking, scooting or walking could be the best - and fastest - way to get to work and school on Monday with extra traffic likely under Alert Level 2.

Many people will be leaving their ‘home office’ for the real office for the first time in months and children are heading back to school, so the roads are expected to be busy next week.

At the same time, fewer people will be able to use public transport because the number of passengers allowed on buses, including school buses, is limited by physical distancing rules outlined by the Government.

Environment Canterbury is advising that urban buses will be at operating 40 per cent of normal seated capacity, and there could also be pressure on school services.

Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) Manager Simon Harty says people should plan ahead for their commute and school drop-offs on Monday.

“We’re encouraging motorists to leave early and allow themselves extra time to get to work. It would be great if people can opt for an active way to get to work and school, like riding a bike, scooter or walking, if possible.

“For school drop-offs, parents should consider parking further away from the school gates and walking some of the way to give everyone more room to move. 

“Overall, we’re asking people to exercise patience and take extra care on the roads. It’s going to be a challenging time for everyone adjusting our routines in a new environment.”

Those who are biking should keep in mind that it’s now darker in the mornings and evenings and check they have a rear reflector and lights that can be easily seen in darkness, Mr Harty says.

Bike lights in flashing mode are more noticeable and use less battery power.  Wearing brighter colours and use of reflective material can also help with visibility.  For other riding tips, visit the Council's Cycling tips webpage.

More information and updates are available from NZTA traffic updates.