Putting the pedal to the cy­cle­way metal

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Work on Christchurch’s cy­cle­ways is pick­ing up speed. Christchurch City Coun­cil Plan­ning and De­liv­ery Trans­port Man­ager Lynette El­lis says the cy­cle “links” are rapidly ex­tend­ing across the city – from a coastal path to a quarry trail. Con­trac­tors are mak­ing good progress on the Lin­wood Av­enue sec­tion of the Ra­panui-Shag Rock cy­cle­way. “Work is al­ready un­der way on the Heath­cote Ex­press­way, be­tween the city and The Tan­nery in Wool­ston,” Ms El­lis says. Con­struc­tion has started on the Charles Street route that con­tin­ues to Macken­zie Av­enue, Shel­don Street and Cum­nor Ter­race be­fore con­nect­ing to The Tan­nery. “De­sign work is be­ing com­pleted on the Wil­sons Road and Ferry Road sec­tion, and work will start in the next cou­ple of months,” Ms El­lis says. In the city, a sec­tion of the Quar­ry­man’s Trail in An­tigua Street – be­tween Moor­house Av­enue and Brougham Street – is open to cy­clists. The com­plete sec­tion be­tween the city and Hoon Hay will be fin­ished about May. On the coastal route, the next stage of the Ra­panui – Shag Rock Cy­cle­way is forg­ing ahead, with paving be­ing laid be­tween the trees in the Lin­wood Av­enue me­dian. Cof­fer­dams – en­clo­sures built in the wa­ter to cre­ate a dry work en­vi­ron­ment for con­struc­tion – have also been built by the Lin­wood Canal to help with the work at the Dy­ers Road end of the cy­cle­way. The first stage – be­tween the city and Lin­wood Park – was com­pleted late last year. “The fi­nal stage – from Dy­ers Road to the Fer­rymead Bridge and the start of the Coastal Path­way – is in the end stages of the de­sign process,” Ms El­lis says. “The mo­men­tum is cer­tainly build­ing as more peo­ple get on board with the cy­cle­way plan. By mak­ing cy­cling an at­trac­tive and user-friendly op­tion, we are, in turn, cre­at­ing a health­ier city that links mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ties.”

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