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Cycleways in Christchurch

The Council will construct a $156 million network of cycleways connecting suburbs, education facilities, businesses and shopping areas as well as popular recreational destinations. 

The project is outlined in the Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan, which sets out a 30-year vision for transport in the city.  The look of the cycleways will be in line with the Christchurch Cycle Design Guidelines.

The routes were ranked according to certain criteria which resulted in the 13 routes being ranked into three priority groupings. The first four routes the Council will build are:

  • Uni-Cycle: The link from Canterbury University to the Central City through Hagley Park.
  • Papanui Parallel: Connecting Northlands and the Northern Rail Route to the Central City.
  • Quarryman’s Trail: The link between Halswell, Hoon Hay and Somerfield to the Southern Lights route which connects the southern suburbs around Beckenham to the Central City.
  • Rapanui − Shag Rock Cycleway: From the Coastal Pathway at Ferrymead to the Central City.

Below is an outline of the 13 routes that will make up this network.

Major Cycle Routes network construction priority map

Routes

1 Uni-Cycle: 
(Puari ki Pū-taringa-motu)
Canterbury University (and College of Education) to the Central City.

The route is expected to attract many new cyclists to commute to work or education and for recreational purposes. The route passes near a number of major high schools and several intermediate schools in addition to the tertiary locations.  This route connects with the Nor’West Arc at Ilam Road.

2 Papanui Parallel: 
(Puari ki Papanui)
Connecting Northlands and the Northern Rail Route to the Central City.

A safer option for cyclists travelling into the city centre from Papanui and the northern suburbs, this cycleway offers a direct alternative to the arterial roads.

It is expected to attract many new commuters, shoppers and recreational cyclists alongside those attracted to it for its level of service.  There is also a connection to the Northern Line Cycleway and Wheels to Wings at Papanui.  Papanui Parallel provides access to the shopping area at Papanui including Northlands Mall, Papanui High School, Graham Condon Leisure Centre, Paparoa School, Rutland Reserve, St Albans School, and Edgeware Village.

3 Little River Link:
(Puari ki Wairewa)
Connecting Christchurch City to the Little River Rail Trail

The Little River Link is in two sections.  The first will link the start of the Southern Motorway to the Central City via the south-east of South Hagley Park.  People living in new developments in the south-west of the city will have a complete link into the Central City as well as the business areas at Middleton and Addington.  There is a connection to the Nor’West Arc at Middleton. The second section completes the Little River Rail Trail into the Little River township.

4 Northern Line Cycleway
(Puari ki Pū-harakeke-nui)
From Belfast to South Hagley Park and the Central City.

The extension of this route will provide a connection from Factory Road in Belfast to South Hagley Park to the Central City. It will provide a facility for those living in the north, connecting with schools and local centres. There are connections to Papanui Parallel, Wheels to Wings and Uni-Cycle routes. 

5 Avon − Ōtakaro Route: 
(Puari ki Te Karoro)
New Brighton to the Central City via the Avon River corridor.

New Brighton will be connected to the Central City via the Avon River corridor. A natural extension of the Central City river pathway, it will primarily provide a high quality route for recreation and tourists and, in sections, commuting cycling.  

6 Rapanui − Shag Rock Cycleway: 
(Puari ki Rapanui)
Connecting the Coastal Pathway to the Central City.

Starting at the Ferrymead Bridge, this route leads into the Central City. It is primarily aimed at attracting more commuter cyclists but will also appeal to people accessing local destinations as well as weekend recreational cyclists heading to Sumner via the Coastal Pathway. There is a connection to the Ōpāwaho River Route at Ferrymead. It is proposed that strong levels of separation from motor traffic are used to encourage new cyclists to use this convenient, direct and popular route by making it more comfortable and safe for cycling.
As part of the Council’s strategy to improve access along the coast and its communities, this route will connect with the Coastal Pathway, which will run from Sumner to Ferrymead Bridge and is funded separately to the Major Cycleways Programme. 

7 Nor’West Arc:
(Te Ara O-Rakipaoa) 
From Hoon Hay through Middleton, Upper Riccarton, Bryndwr, and Papanui.

This route is expected to be used primarily by commuters and students. It traverses the suburbs from Hoon Hay through Middleton, Upper Riccarton, Bryndwr and Papanui. It will help provide for post-earthquake travel patterns that have followed development and employment re-locations. The Nor’West Arc connects to a number of existing and proposed cycle routes. There are connections to Uni-Cycle, Little River Link and Ōpāwaho River Route, and at Papanui to the Northern Line Cycleway, Wheels to Wings and the Papanui Parallel routes.

8 South Express:
(Puari ki Niho-toto*)
Connecting Templeton, Hornby and Middleton to Riccarton and Addington and the Northern Line Cycleway and Central City

With many employment and business areas concentrated alongside the rail corridor, this route will appeal to commuters. The edge of the city’s western boundary in Templeton will connect through the suburbs of Hornby, Sockburn and Middleton to Riccarton and Addington finishing with a link to the Northern Line Cycleway and the shared paths in South Hagley Park. 
* Niho-toto is a name for Rolleston

9 Quarryman’s Trail:
(Puari ki Otūmatua*)
Halswell, Hoon Hay and Somerfield will link to the Southern Lights route.

The route will help support the residential growth areas around the south-west of the city by offering another attractive transport option for commuters and for utility cyclists to access the many local roadside shops and businesses.  It will connect the Halswell suburb to the existing shared pathways in South Hagley Park and the Central City.  There is a connection to Southern Lights.
* Otūmatua (a peak on the Port Hills) is the outstanding feature of the South West

10 Ōpāwaho River Route:
(Ōpāwaho ki Ihutai) 
Along the Heathcote River to Ferrymead

Following the Heathcote River from Princess Margaret Hospital to the estuary at Ferrymead, this route will be mostly used for recreational cycling. It may also provide useful links for local commuter cyclists as it connects with the Nor’West Arc.  There is also a connection to the Rapanui − Shag Rock Cycleway.

11 Southern Lights:
(Puari ki Waimōkihi)

Linking the southern suburbs around Beckenham to the Central City

This route will connect the southern suburbs around Beckenham to the Central City.   It will appeal for commuting and utility purposes as well as recreational cyclists because of the increased comfort and separation from motor vehicles.

12 Heathcote Expressway:
(Puari ki Kahukura)
From Heathcote through Woolston, Opawa, Waltham and Sydenham into the Central City

Starting in Heathcote, the route connects Opawa and Woolston to the Central City along large sections of the rail corridor. This would be both a commuter route and recreational with connections to Ōpāwaho River Route and therefore the Rapanui − Shag Rock Cycleway and Coastal Pathway.

13 Wheels to Wings:
(Papanui ki Waiwhetū)
Providing a route to the airport and its wider employment and business areas.

From Papanui at the junction of the Northern Line Cycleway and the Nor’West Arc routes this leads to the airport and its wider employment and business areas.  While mainly residential, there are several schools on or near the route and it is predicted to attract students along with shoppers to Bishopdale Mall and Papanui. This route will utilise the New Zealand Transport Agency’s planned major crossing facilities under Russley Road.