For Biketober 2020, Axel prepared a potted 21st century history of cycling in Christchurch titled "From moratorium to major cycle routes". The talk discussed which individuals had a major impact on what did happen in Christchurch, and what was prevented from happening. Cycling use had its low in the early 2000s and has made a recovery since, with a phenomenal growth rate of around 20% per year for the last few years. Christchurch City has once again claimed the leading role in New Zealand for innovation and leadership, a position that it had already had in the early 2000s but which had been lost during the Lesley McTurk era.
There is a presentation available.