Pedal to the metal for safer cy­cling

Christchurch Mail - - HEALTH AND WELLBEING - EMMA BEAVEN

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.

EMMA BEAVEN

Hoon Hay res­i­dent Jaimita de Jongh hopes the new cy­cle­way will at­tract oth­ers to cy­cle.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.