Shared Path­way: First link in Quar­ry­man’s Trail opened in Christchurch

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Stage one of a ma­jor cy­cle route that will even­tu­ally con­nect Hal­swell and the cen­tral city was opened last month.

Con­struc­tion started on the Quar­ry­man’s Trail cy­cle­way(ex­ter­nal link) last Oc­to­ber and the first 4.6 km sec­tion of the route, from Moor­house Ave to Vic­tors Road is now com­plete.

The route fea­tures sev­eral new sets of traf­fic lights and pedes­trian and cy­clist cross­ings at key in­ter­sec­tions.

Christchurch City Coun­cil­lor Pauline Cot­ter, Chair of the In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee, NZ Trans­port Agency Re­gional Direc­tor Jim Har­land and Sprey­don-Cash­mere Com­mu­nity Board Chair Karolin Pot­ter for­mally opened the cy­cle­way.

They were wel­comed by stu­dents from Te Whā­nau Tahi School. After the speeches the chil­dren jumped on their bikes to try out the new cy­cle path.

Cr Cot­ter says cy­cle­ways are a proven way to im­prove the health of a city, re­duce con­ges­tion and lower the cost of in­fra­struc­ture. The Quar­ry­man’s Trail cy­cle­way is al­ready be­ing well used with 5900 cy­clists on An­tigua Street last week and 1100 on Sparks Road.

“This is just an­other piece of the cy­cle­way net­work that’s grad­u­ally slot­ting to­gether and will make Christchurch New Zealand’s lead­ing bike-friendly city. ”

Con­struc­tion of the fi­nal stage of the Quar­ry­man’s Trail cy­cle­way, from Vic­tors Rd to Te Hāpua in Hal­swell, will start in Novem­ber.

Lynette El­lis, the Coun­cil’s Plan­ning and De­liv­ery Trans­port Man­ager, says the route will ben­e­fit mo­torists as well as im­prov­ing safety for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists with the new in­ter­sec­tions help­ing to ease con­ges­tion at peak times.

The Quar­ry­man’s Trail is part of a net­work of Ma­jor Cy­cle Routes(ex­ter­nal link) be­ing built across the city by the Coun­cil to link shop­ping cen­tres, busi­nesses, schools, parks and pop­u­lar re­cre­ation des­ti­na­tions.

Above: Stu­dents from Te Whā­nau Tahi School go for a ride on the new cy­cle­way.

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