NZ Shared Path­way: Sec­ond stage of city to Sum­ner cy­cle­way open

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A party at Lin­wood Park, Christchurch, last month cel­e­brated the open­ing of stage two of a cy­cle route that will ul­ti­mately con­nect the cen­tral city with the Sum­ner coast­line.

A com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, chil­dren rid­ing bikes and scoot­ers, and bi­cy­cle­pow­ered fruit smoothie mak­ers were part of the up­beat oc­ca­sion mark­ing the sec­ond sec­tion of the Ra­panui to Shag Rock Cy­cle­way be­ing ready for ac­tion.

Christchurch City Coun­cil­lor Pauline Cot­ter, Chair of the In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee, for­mally opened the new route. She said the new sec­tion, which passes through a tree-lined me­dian on Lin­wood Ave, would pro­vide a safer and a more di­rect route for cy­clists, help­ing chil­dren and teenagers bike to lo­cal schools.

“We know that mak­ing cy­cling safer en­cour­ages more peo­ple to choose to cy­cle; whether it’s a com­mute to work, school, shops or as a re­cre­ation choice. I think this sec­tion of the Ra­panui Shag Rock cy­cle­way is ar­guably the most scenic in the city to date, and all credit to the de­sign team who have taken ad­van­tage of and pre­served the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral fea­tures of Lin­wood Av­enue.”

The project, car­ried out by con­trac­tor Ful­ton Ho­gan, in­volved con­struct­ing 2 km of shared path­way, along with storm wa­ter, light­ing and land­scap­ing im­prove­ments. The sig­nals at Chelsea Street, Har­good Street and Dy­ers Road have also been up­graded.

The route passes through the me­dian strip of Lin­wood Ave un­der an av­enue of 65-year-old elm trees and will be bright­ened in spring by thou­sands of daf­fodil bulbs planted by Ful­ton Ho­gan work­ers on ei­ther side of the cy­cle path.

Great care has been taken dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new cy­cle­way to pro­tect na­tive fish in the Lin­wood Canal, and Ful­ton Ho­gan has also worked closely with an ar­borist to en­sure the roots of the elm trees along the Lin­wood Ave route weren’t dam­aged dur­ing ex­ca­va­tion work.

About 3665 sqm of por­ous pavers have been used to pre­serve the trees’ root sys­tems. An­other 150 new trees are cur­rently be­ing planted along the length of Lin­wood Ave.

NZ Trans­port Agency Re­gional Di­rec­tor Jim Har­land said cy­cle­ways were a proven way to im­prove the health of a city, re­duce congestion and lower the cost of in­fra­struc­ture.

“When the cy­cle­way is fully com­pleted, it will also pro­vide ac­cess to recre­ational ar­eas in­clud­ing the Port Hills and Sum­ner via the Christchurch Coastal Path­way.”

The cen­tral city end of the Ra­panui to Shag Rock route be­tween Fitzger­ald Av­enue and Lin­wood Park opened in De­cem­ber. Con­struc­tion of the third and fi­nal stage or the Ra­panui to Shag Rock Cy­cle­way (Puari ki Ra­panui) from Dy­ers to Fer­rymead Bridge, is due to start next year.

The full length of the 6.3km cy­cle­way will even­tu­ally al­low peo­ple to bike to Sum­ner via the Christchurch Coastal Path­way. There will also be a con­nec­tion to the Ōpāwaho River Route at Fer­rymead in the fu­ture.

The Ra­panui to Shag Rock route is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme and is one of Christchurch City Coun­cil’s planned net­work of 13 ma­jor cy­cle­ways.

Above: Lo­cal chil­dren scoot and cy­cle on the Ra­panui to Shag Rock cy­cle­way.

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