We’re on our way to making Christchurch a cycle-friendly city with a connected route of safe cycleways to suit commuters and recreational cyclists.
Funding for the Major Cycleways project was approved in the Christchurch City Three Year Plan 2013-16 and Council staff are working out the best way to deliver the project over the next five years.
Immediate priorities include determining the look and feel of the 13 cycleways, the exact routes they will take and setting up discussions with those likely to be affected.
It is likely some work on the major cycleways will begin in early to mid-2014. Some stages have already been developed, such as stage one of the Southern Motorway link from Hornby to Addington and the Northern Rail section from Northcote to Christchurch Boys’ and Girls’ high schools.
Name a cycleway contest
In November 2013, the Council asked the public to suggest names for each of the 13 routes. Entries closed on 12 January 2014 and a judging panel has narrowed these to up to five finalists for each route. These are now open to a public vote from 1-15 February. When the results are known, a final list will be compiled proposing route names for the Council to consider.
See the finalists and details on how to vote.
Netherlands experts visit
The project received a boost in November when two respected Dutch transport experts visited Christchurch. Leo de Jong and Mark Brussel reviewed plans to build 13 cycleways in the city over the next five years, toured the city and shared their expertise with Council staff.
As well as the construction of the cycleways, there was a need for a culture change where cycling is seen as a safe, convenient option and all road users respect each other’s right to be there, they said.
While Mr de Jong and Mr Brussel were able to share their immediate views on the state of the transport network and options that include cycling, a more extensive report is anticipated early in 2014.
Click to read the media release about their visit.
Major cycleways - background information
Improving the safety and accessibility for cyclists was a strong theme for recovery to emerge from the Share an Idea discussion in 2011. People said they wanted the Council to invest in cycle paths to provide more choices and safer routes for people travelling to work, study or play.
A network of 13 cycleways was proposed in the Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan adopted in 2012, which set out a 30-year vision for transport in the city including a range of transport options to meet the needs of the community. It outlined a safe, convenient cycling network that would connect suburbs, business and shopping zones and recreational areas with the Central City.
The Council responded to the community’s call and allocated $34.5 million in funding for the cycleways in the Christchurch City Three Year Plan 2013-16. The remainder of funds for the five-year, $68.3 million project is allocated in the 2017, 2018 years.
The look of the cycleways will be developed in accordance with the Cycle Design Guidelines, which the Council adopted in April 2013.
Click here for a description of the routes.
Need to know more? Check out our FAQs on Cycleways.
Pre-earthquakes: Christchurch is acknowledged as a city suited to cycling and with high levels of participation. Research in 2006 revealed that 15 per cent of people regularly cycle, and a further 32 per cent would consider cycling but don’t due to concerns about their safety.
2011: More than 3,500 cycling-related suggestions are made through Share an Idea, a way for the public to say what they wanted the rebuild to focus on.
July 2012: The Accessible City chapter of the Central Christchurch Recovery Plan promotes enhancements to the quality and connectedness of cycling opportunities in the Central City as one of the key measures crucial to recovery.
November 2012: The Council adopts the Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan, a 30-year vision for getting around the city. It proposes the development of an extensive network of cycleways, along with supporting programmes to encourage Cantabrians to cycle as part of their everyday travel and activities. It recognises that investment in safe cycling is a priority for the city to create a range of transport options for residents.
February 2013: Mayor Bob Parker proposes the inclusion of funding for all 13 cycleways in the revised draft 2013-2016 Three Year Plan. The total cost of the project is $68.3 million.
April 2013: The Council adopts the Cycle Design Guidelines. The Guidelines set out how the city’s cycleways would look and propose a mix of separated and shared cycleways and recreational pathways.
June 28, 2013: The Council signs off on the Three Year Plan 2013-16, which confirms support for the cycleways and sets funding of $68.3 million over five years, of which $34.5 million is to be spent in the first three years. The remainder of funding is carried over to 2017 and 2018.
July 2013: A project team is formed to begin detailed analysis on how to deliver the project.
November 2013 - Feb 2014: Canterbury people are asked to help decide names for each of the 13 cycle routes.