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INVENTIVE: Sophie Hogson, Reed McHugh Cleo McLeod and Alice Hunter spoke to a city council committee about their idea to get more people using the cycleways.
Pokemon on the cycleways POKEMON GO took the world by storm and has now provided the inspiration for a campaign to get people using the city’s cycleways. A group of Selwyn House pupils looked at the app which involved collecting imaginary monsters from locations around the world as a way to increase usage of the paths. As part of a class project on community problem-solving, Alice Hunter, Reed McHugh, Cleo McLeod and Sophie Hogson, used their school’s laser cutter and 3-D printer to create bicycle shaped cut-outs that would be hidden in places along the cycleways. People would have to find and collect photos of the cut-outs, like Pokemon Go characters,
then post them on social media or a website. The pupils said they hope to decorate the cut-outs to encourage people to get out on the cycleways to hunt them down. “This could get families and kids off their couches and onto the cycleways,’’ Alice, 11, told the city council’s infrastructure, transport and environment committee. Reed, 11, said they hoped to involve other schools in the project by inviting them to decorate the cut-outs. “Safety will be a major factor in choosing where these bikes are placed because we don’t want to cause crashes or traffic jams,’’ she said. Cleo, 12, said social media
could be used to promote the cycle hunt and the cycleways. “The project could tie in with social media to get more people involved. Once people find a bike they can take a picture next to it and post it on social media using the hashtag,’’ she said. “A website could be created that pulls all the hashtag posts from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It could also have a downloadable and printable map of the bikes’ locations.” The girls’ ideas were well received by the committee. “The committee is very impressed and excited by this idea and we will use the appropriate channels to pick this up,’’ committee chairwoman and city councillor Pauline Cotter said.
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CRASH: After 19 accidents over a six year period, Chaneys Corner is now being upgraded.
Bid to make corner safe By Julia Evans AFTER 19 crashes over a sixyear period, Chaneys Corner is about to be upgraded. City council staff said safety improvements at the corner of Main North, Marshland and Spencerville Rds are critical. “As part of this work, we will create a left hand turning slip lane for motorists travelling north on Marshland Rd who want to turn left to access the Northern Motorway,” staff said. There has been uncertainty from vehicles coming off Main North Rd, staff said. So the left hand slip will allow “clear separation” from motorists travelling straight ahead - avoiding oncoming traffic altogether. “The Main North Rd give way will be changed to a stop sign to make it consistent with the Spencerville Rd approach and reduce confusion regarding priorities.” There will also be updated warning signs that say “slow down” installed on Marshland
Rd as an early advisory to motorists. The city council investigated the possibility of putting traffic lights or a roundabout at the intersection. However, staff said traffic is “anticipated to reduce drastically” with the completion of the Northern Arterial. These options would also cause significant delays to vehicles on Marshland Rd, and staff said the pattern of accidents would change and could increase in severity. “A roundabout is not suitable for this location due to the unbalanced number of vehicles at the four approaches to this intersection.” The city council has opened the proposal up for feedback from the public until October 27, which can be given on its website. All feedback will be considered before a staff recommendation goes to the Papanui-Innes Community Board in February. If approved, the project will begin in the middle of next year.
NorWest News 03-10-17