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Pegasus Post: November 22, 2016

Pegasus Post: November 22,

FREE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22 2016 Pegasus Post Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Shop scan ENTER NOW! one of three $1000 SHOPPING SPREES SEE full page inside for details 379 7100 Linwood, Avonside, Richmond, Shirley, Burwood, Dallington, Wainoni, Bromley, Aranui, Avondale, Bexley, New Brighton, Northshore, Queenspark, Parklands, South Brighton EASTERN EVACUEES: Some eastern suburbs residents last week waited in traffic for more than two hours to evacuate from their homes. Canterbury University professor of geography and transport lecturer Simon Kingham (above) said building more bridges across the Avon River may not be the best solution. Need to evacuate? Experts say you should cycle or walk • By Fraser Walker-Pearce BUILDING MORE bridges across the Avon River may not be the answer to solving transport issues in future tsunami evacuations. Comments on the Rise Up Christchurch Facebook page showed the majority of the public wanted to see more bridges built to avoid traffic bottlenecks that were seen during the evacuation. But Canterbury University professor of geography and transport lecturer Simon Kingham said building more bridges may seem like House of Hearing a good idea, but the cost of building them needs to be compared to how much use they would get. “Is the benefit worth the cost? You have to work out how often you’re actually going to need and use it. I’ve been here for 15 years and in that time we haven’t had the need for another one,” he said. After last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, eastern suburbs residents living within a kilometre of the shoreline were evacuated in the early hours of Monday morning. But many were forced to wait in queues of traffic for up to two 100% NZ Owned & Operated CLINIC PHONE Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 Rangiora Papanui 03 310 7355 Ashburton 03 307 8949 hours trying to evacuate inland or to high ground. Canterbury University senior lecturer of hazards and disaster management Dr Thomas Wilson said transport was “a key problem” that was highlighted by eastern residents in last week’s evacuation. “The practical reality is that both [New Brighton and Southshore] have limited egress routes for vehicles in particular. If everyone jumps in their cars and goes at the same time you’re going to have major bottlenecks,” he said. Professor Kingham suggested instead residents should cycle, walk or car pool in the next event. “The irony then is if we have an earthquake that is big enough to cause a tsunami there’s a reasonable chance the bridges will be damaged anyway. So what we found after the last earthquake was that people who walked or cycled out, not necessarily faster, but they got out more successfully,” he said. He said another potential fix was a pedestrian bridge stretching from Southshore over the spit to either Redcliffs or Sumner. The idea was originally mooted in 2014. Dr Wilson said evacuation was Restore your oiled CEDAR BLINDS with our re-oiling service. Rejuvenate your lacquered CEDAR BLINDS High-tech Cleaning We clean and repair all types of blinds – Venetians, Cedar, Verticals, Roller, Hollands, Romans and Pleated – with environmentally friendly cleaning products. Temperature Controlled Drying Re-oiling & Rejuvenating Fabric Blinds - such as Austrian and Roman Same Day Pick Up & Drop Off We offer a same-day, pick up and drop off service for most types of blinds. Bookings are required. Convenient Location Drop blinds into us by 9am, at 330 Cashel Street (near the Fitzgerald end), and collect them at the end of the day. New Blind Sales Priced from $30 a lot easier in suburbs like Sumner and Redcliffs where residents are surrounded by hills. But suburbs like New Brighton, South New Brighton and Southshore are different. Last week Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the high level of seismic activity means there is a risk of tsunamis and people should be prepared to evacuate from coastal areas. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think should happen to prevent evacuations from going so badly next time? Email fraser.walker@ BLINDS...Cleaned, Repaired & Restored... Roller Blinds cleaned from as little as $20 per blind Ph 377 0770, 330 Cashel St, Christchurch SCAN QR code for Info > WE ARE OPEN Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5.00pm