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