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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

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

with Axel Downard-Wilke

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.


Earlier Forum Topics:

  • April 2021, "Parking and its problems: Can we ever get it right?", Axel Downard-Wilke
  • March 2021, "Social Enterprise: How to build a better future", Ani Kartikasari
  • October 2020, "Domestic and Family Violence in Christian Faith Communities - Why does this occur?", Annabel Taylor
  • September 2020, "When will we ever learn to learn? - moving beyond competition", Belinda de Zwart and Rod Cameron
  • August 2020, "No Way to Treat a Child", Lois Griffiths
  • July 2020, "The End of Life Choice Act and the Referendum", Lindy Harwood
  • March 2020, "Forestry and Climate Change", Euan Mason
  • November 2019, "Aspects of Terrorism", Neville Reilly
  • October 2019, "Is Religion Necessary?", Arthur Wells
  • September 2019, "Local Democracy - what should we be thinking about when we vote?", Garry Moore
  • August 2019, "Mental Health: issues, problems and progress", Peter Miller
  • July 2019, "Free Speech", Caroline Mason
  • June 2019, "Cannabis Referendum 2020: the devil is in the details, but will we vote on the details?", Doug Sellman
  • May 2019, "From the ground up: future Christchurch communities", Susan Krumdiek
  • April 2019, "Being a Muslim", Two Christchurch Muslims
  • November 2018, "Is justice just?", John Burrows
  • October 2018, "Care for Kiwis deported from Australia", Helen Murphy
  • September 2018, "Drinking water quality - safe or too safe?", Rob Dewhirst
  • August 2018, "We are water, water is us", Mananui Ramsden
  • July 2018, Community and the law", Paul O'Neill
  • June 2018, "Our garden city", Diana Madgin
  • May 2018, "The power of community", Margaret Jeffries
  • April 2018, "The purpose of a city", Neville Reilly


About the Quaker Forums

These forums are an expression of the long-standing Quaker concern for what we call 'the SPICES': simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship.

A knowledgeable presenter introduces the topic, giving a short outline of issues and questions. The floor is then open for discussion, which is the heart of the evening. Finally, more informal discussion follows over tea and biscuits.

We aim to hold the forums in line with our Quaker principles. We hold a brief silence before the presenter starts to speak. We aim to ensure that all those who wish to speak have the opportunity to do so, and that each person's contribution is listened to respectfully. Everyone is welcome.

Time and place

Day: second Wednesday of the month (from March or April to November)

Time: 7.30-9.00 pm.

Venue:  Quaker Centre, 217 Ferry Rd, Christchurch, unless otherwise stated

Event Details

Event Type: 
Seminars, Workshops & Courses
Quaker Centre
217 Ferry Road
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand

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