Two new signalised crossings on Humphrey’s Drive will provide safe crossing points for people using the Rapanui/Shag Rock cycleway.
Construction work began last week and is expected to take between five and seven months to complete. Accompanying works will also take place to widen ‘pinch points’ on Humphrey’s Drive and upgrade Tidal View.
The crossing points will connect the Charlesworth Reserve section of the cycleway to the Ferrymead Bridge - Redcliffs section of the Christchurch Coastal Pathway.
One will be placed near Windsurfer Reserve and one near the intersection of Humphrey’s Drive and Tidal View.
“These signalised crossing will provide cyclists with a safe connection point across what is a very busy road. We’ll also be replacing the failing seawall along the front of Tidal View and implementing a new streetscape plan for this area,” says Christchurch City Council Head of Transport Lynette Ellis.
“New picnic tables, cycle parking, water drinking fountain and an outdoor shower will make it an amenable space for a picnic, for windsurfers and foilers accessing the estuary or to use it as a starting point for a trip along the Coastal Pathway.”
Vehicle speeds will be reduced to 30km along Tidal View.
The Rapanui/Shag Rock cycleway connects Sumner via the Coastal Pathway to the central city, passing through Linwood. It has one final section through Moncks Bay still to be completed as part of the Coastal Pathway. That work is currently under way and expected to be finished in 2023.