Pedal to the metal for safer cycling
Christchurch residents are excited to hit the streets on two wheels next year, following the construction of cycle routes set to increase the city’s cycle safety.
The Quarryman’s Trail will connect a cycle route from Halswell to existing pathways at South Hagley Park and the Central City via Hoon Hay and Somerfield and is expected to finish in June of next year.
Christchurch City Council acting head of transport Lynette Ellis said the council consulted residents with the majority favouring the cycleway, which would support residential growth in the southwest of the city and provide safer riding routes around schools the cycleway passed.
Of the 466 submissions received, 284 supported the cycleway and 38 opposed it.
138 generally supported the cycleway but had concerns leading to changes in the initial plan, Ellis said.
The revised plan extended the cycleway around Halswell, added four carparks, improved the crossing at Dominion Ave and improved the connectivity at Bradford Park.
Hoon Hay resident Jaimita de Jongh said it was awesome to see a new cycleway and traffic lights replace the ‘‘hard to negotiate’’ Sparks Rd roundabout, as she and her children took a longer route to avoid it.
Builder Darrell Coad said it was a great idea for school children as he had seen several people knocked off their bikes around the roundabout.
But not all residents were happy with the cycleway proposal, with many worrying about the reduction in parking.
Resident Sascha Knighton was concerned there would not be enough cyclists on the road to warrant its expense to the taxpayer and the removal of carparks.
‘‘I just don’t think there’s been enough consultation with the community.’’
Ellis said a two-way cycleway was put outside the two schools on Sparks Road to have less impact on parking.
For resident Michelle Fletcher, the cycleway was a win.
She had made several submissions to the council about the ‘‘completely dangerous’’ roundabout at Sparks Road as she and her two school children had multiple near misses there.
‘‘It’s really nice they’re doing something about it,’’ she said.
Hoon Hay resident Jaimita de Jongh hopes the new cycleway will attract others to cycle.