Three of the city’s major cycle routes will be complete by June this year, marking a major milestone in the $156 million cycleways programme.
The Little River Link, Unicycle and Papanui Parallel are all nearing completion over the next three months, with the final stages of each project underway.
Christchurch City Council Head of Transport Chris Gregory said seeing the first routes nearing completion was incredibly exciting for the city.
“As each route nears completion, I think residents around the city can see the big picture coming together now as we develop this network of 13 cycleways. All of the cycleways lead to and from the central city.
“The Major Cycle Routes aim to encourage new groups of people to try cycling as a commuting option by connecting suburbs, shopping areas, businesses, schools and sporting destinations. We’re investing hugely in the city - $156 million over the next seven years to get these 13 cycleways complete – and we know residents are anxious to get using these,” Mr Gregory said.
“The routes offer a level of service not seen before in Christchurch, and with three nearing completion, we are going to see the network effect of these routes starting to come into play quite quickly. The routes differ from the existing facilities currently available around the city. They’re purpose built to carry large numbers of cyclists throughout the city in a safe and effective way. We know we are offering people a genuine alternative to sitting in traffic.”
The latest update on the three routes shows:
Initial numbers show the cycle routes are already being used well. Since the Christmas break the Hagley Park end of the Uni-Cycleway has averaged 1,350 cyclists each weekday - almost double the 690 cyclists per day using the route when it first opened in July last year.