How can we build our homes and communities so that they co-exist harmoniously with Nature? What does it mean to create a sustainable house, a sustainable community, a sustainable city? For each additional day that we live, design and build unsustainably, we pull another fibre out of the fabric of Earth’s ecosystems.

Bamberton Internal Transit


(1) What is the purpose of having an internal minibus/transit service ?

• To minimize the frequency of cars on neighbourhood streets by providing an alternative means of getting around from one neighbourhood to another. (Residents consideration)

• To strengthen the argument for narrow streets, in terms of reduced vehicle use (MoTH consideration)

• To provide a Bamberton feature "trade mark" - the experience of travelling on the Bamberton Bus being something visitors & residents remember, love, and talk about. (Sales/marketing consideration)

• To demonstrate the commitment to sustainability re energy-use, reduced traffic, & full mobility

• (Livability/Sustainability/Environmental Assessment consideration/reduced CO2 + ecological footprint)

• Reduced ownership of second car (Sales consideration)

(2) What community needs should the ideal service meet ?

'Jitney' pick-up service

• Connection village to village, & to Town Centre

• Connection to Mill Bay/ Duncan

• Shopping & commercial goods delivery service

• Bicycle trailer service

• Informal message, drop-off & "what's going on" service

• Tourist & visitor service

• Sales/Promotion Bus - Tour Guide

(3) Ownership & financing possibilities

(a) Community ownership & operation, managed through the Community Utility, or a non-profit Bamberton Transportation Society. (Shares = yearly pass for residents)

(b) Private ownership and operation as a business. (c) Other

- How to raise & repay the capital to purchase & fit out the first bus ?

(4) Initiation & management possibilities

(a) South Island gives a written to commitment research, develop, and get the most appropriate service going through one of the above, and underwrites the service financially for first 5 years (recouped through development cost charges), as an essential community service.

(b) SIDC researches, and prepares terms and conditions for an appropriate system, and then offers it on 1 year renewable license to an operator (private or community), with or without financial underwriting.

(5) Street & Neighbourhood Design Considerations

- What is the MoTH argument about Bamberton not being transit-friendly ?

- Neighbourhood centre & Town Centre bus stop arrangements

- En-route bus stop/jitney arrangements

(6) Practicalities

- Optimum size of bus

- Most practical bus-routes through the neighbourhoods

- Pedestrian distance from houses to the bus route; % of households within 5" walk of a bus stop

- Optimum number of bus-stops to facilitate travel time + pick-up convenience

- Phasing. Logistics of running the service 10 years on, with 6,000 residents. Bus depot ?


- The merits of establishing a park & ride facility for visitors

- Reduces the trail of cars through the town, and to the town centre

- Reinforces the message that Bamberton is "something special, something different"

- Reduces parking space requirements at Neighbourhood Centres &Town Centre

- Optimum location

- Operating, security & financial procedures


- Can we locate a local cart for hill & distance trials at Bamberton ?

- How will they integrate with cars, & neighbourhood centre parking arrangements ?

- If they are feasible, how can we facilitate their supply and sale ?

- Rental/lease/community purchase ?

- Will too many carts undermine the critical mass needed for internal transit ?

- Electric bikes (Eric Neilsen, Canada franchise holder)

Guy Dauncey, November 25th 1994