Transport options  |  9 Nov 2021

Time is running out for people to give their feedback on the latest designs for the Wheels to Wings Papanui ki Waiwhetū cycleway.

“We’ve changed our original design to address many of the concerns and opportunities raised during the first round of consultation earlier this year,’’ says Christchurch City Council Acting Head of Transport Lynette Ellis.

“We want to know whether the revised design we have come up with hits the mark and if we’ve missed anything.”

Ms Ellis says three recent public information days on the cycleway plans have attracted strong interest. At the information days community ideas and feedback from the first round of consultation were presented, along with the new design.

“We’ve had a lot constructive discussions at the public information days on the design changes we’ve made and other design options that we’ve considered. All the information is still available online for people who weren’t able to attend,’’ Ms Ellis says.

“The period for feedback doesn’t end until Wednesday 17 November so if you have views on the cycleway, please do share them with us. We heard wide-ranging and well thought out views from local residents and businesses in the first round of feedback and we’d like to tap into that local knowledge again.’’

Submissions can be made via Have Your Say.

The Wheels to Wings cycleway aims to provide a safe cycling route for people travelling through Papanui, Bishopdale, Harewood and the airport area, where it connects to cycle paths at McLeans Island and Roto Kohatu Reserve. It also provides benefits to the wider community through additional crossings for pedestrians and safety improvements at intersections.

This cycle route is part of a network of cycleways making it safer and easier to bike around Christchurch. Cycle numbers are continuing to grow as our cycleways connect different parts of the city.

What happens next?

  • On 2 December the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood and Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Boards will hold a joint workshop. They will be presented with all the information about the different design options and also be briefed on the feedback received during the public information days and further engagement.
  • In early 2022 the Hearings Panel will formally meet to listen to submitters’ feedback before making a final recommendation on the Wheels to Wings cycleway to the Urban Development and Transport Committee.