Te Ara O-Rakipaoa Nor’west Arc Cycleway - Section 3

We’re making it safer to bike, walk and drive with our new cycleway linking the University to Papanui via Jellie Park. Separating bikes from cars means there’s more space for drivers and cyclists, making it safer for everyone on the road.

Project status: Closed for feedback
Open for feedback: 14th September 2021 - 12th October 2021

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Why we’re building a cycleway

Cycleways are a key part of our plan to reduce carbon emissions. They also reduce congestion, improve the health of a city, reduce the long-term costs of infrastructure and build stronger local economies. Te Ara O-Rakipaoa Nor’west Arc Cycleway is one of a network of cycleways linking schools, businesses, shopping centres, parks and popular recreation destinations all across Christchurch.

Cycleways are different to other cycle lanes around the city. They are designed to encourage people to ride because they can see it’s a safe, convenient option to get where they want to go.

The cycleways we have built so far have been well used and helped increase cycling city-wide. A morning count of people biking into the central city showed that 20 per cent more people were biking in March 2020 than a year earlier. This follows a pattern of yearly increases since we began building the cycleways in 2016.

Nor’west Arc Cycleway – Section Three

Construction of the Nor’west Arc cycleway between Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Canterbury is nearing completion. This final section will connect the University to Jellie Park and Harewood Road. The proposed section of cycleway on Harewood Road received feedback as part of the ‘Wheels to Wings Cycleway’ consultation earlier this year. You can still make comments on this section and all feedback will be considered together.

This section has received $10.5million in Government funding. However, if the Option A scenarios below are both selected, they are likely to require an additional $1million of Council funding.

We’re seeking public feedback on all parts of the cycleway, including the following options:

Ilam Road

Option A – one-way cycleway on each side of Ilam Road next to the footpath. This is considered safer and more intuitive for all users as cyclists are travelling in the same direction as drivers. 

Option B – two-way cycleway on the western side of Ilam Road next to the footpath. This allows for more on-street parking. However, people turning across the cycleway will need to look for cyclists coming from either direction.  

Visualisations of Ilam Road looking north. Option A on the left, Option B on the right      

Aorangi Road (Ilam Road to Brookside Terrace) 

Option A  – two-way cycleway on the west side of Aorangi Road next to the footpath. This separates people biking from people walking but removes most on-street parking on Aorangi Road. 

Option B – shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on the west side of Aorangi Road in the verge area replacing the footpath. This keeps on-road parking but removes the silver birch trees and people walking and biking share this space.  

Visualisation of Aorangi Road looking north. Option A on the left, Option B on the right.

Way safer for everyone

Proposed road layout for the Wairakei and Aorangi Road intersection, including no right turns out of Aorangi Road.

Proposed road layouts along the route will change to improve safety for everyone. Signalised crossings on Ilam Road between Jellie Park and Burnside / Cobham Schools and across Wairakei Road at the Aorangi intersection will provide safe crossings for both cyclists and pedestrians.

We’re proposing to stop through-traffic and right turns for cars on Aorangi Road, at the Wairakei Road intersection. This busy intersection has safety issues and turning traffic causes congestion at peak times. We considered a fully signalised intersection. However, this option is less pedestrian friendly, reduces the amenity for the shops and may increase traffic using Aorangi Road as a cut through, which does not contribute to creating a safe cycling environment.

View the cycleway plans

The best way to view the plans for the cycleway is on this  map of the entire route(external link) (this works best on Chrome), which shows each of the options for Ilam Road and Aorangi Road side-by-side which makes it easy for you to compare them.

Or you can download each of the 9 consultation maps of the route, which includes a written description of each of the cycleways key features (note, these are large files). 

Harewood Road - view the cycleway connection to the Northern Line Cycleway on the online map. (external link)This section on Harewood Road received feedback as part of the Wheels to Wings Cycleway consultation earlier this year. You can still make comments on this section and all feedback will be considered together. 

Visualisation of Aorangi Road north of Brookside Terrace with the proposed two-way cycleway on the west side of the road

Visualisation of Matsons Avenue with the proposed two-way cycleway on the east side of the road

A number of mature trees, predominantly Silver Birch, will need to be removed to make room for the new cycleway. Up to 20 trees will need to be removed along the route, increasing to 39 if the shared path (Option B) is chosen for Aorangi Road.

For each tree removed, two new ones will be planted in the nearest suitable location.

Additional Silver Birch trees along Aorangi Road may need to be removed to protect the power lines. This is not part of the cycleway project and may be undertaken prior to the cycleway work beginning. 

We know parking is important to residents and businesses, so we’ve tried to remove as little on-street parking as possible. However, both proposed options have some level of parking loss, as the roads aren’t wide enough to accommodate the cycleway without this.

One-way cycleways (Option A) are considered safer and more intuitive for all users. However, a two-way cycleway on Ilam Road (Option B) will keep more parking. On Aorangi Road, the shared path design (Option B) keeps more parking but removes some trees, which will be replaced where appropriate, further north on Aorangi Road.

Ilam Road

  • Option A (one-way cycleway) - 143 car parks removed (54%)
  • Option B (two-way cycleway) - 123 car parks removed (46%)

Aorangi Road South of Brookside Terrace

  • Option A (two-way cycleway) - 199 car parks removed (46%)
  • Option B (shared path) - 129 car parks removed (30%)

In areas close to schools and shops we are proposing time-restricted parking, to provide easy access to these services.

Aorangi Road North of Brookside Terrace

  • 109 car parks removed (35%)

Street lighting will be upgraded where required along the route to make the cycleway safer and easier to use after dark. This will include installing new street lights.

Check the plans for the proposed locations of the new street lights. The lights will be designed by specialists to consider quantity, height, light spill and security.

A 40km/h speed limit along the entire route will improve safety for all road users. No exit roads along the route will have a 40km/h speed limit for their entire length (as indicated by the red lines on the map). Narrowing the existing road to make room for the cycleway will encourage lower driving speeds.

40km/h speed limit on cycleway and adjoining roads

All route options were assessed against a number of criteria including design context (safety, directness, connectivity, attractiveness, comfort and crime prevention), community and stakeholder impact (business impact, residential impact, operation and network impacts) and other risks (time and cost).

Map showing all routes initially considered

Mop showing all route options that were assessed in detail

The blue route on the map above was preferred as it is an attractive and safe option, with good connections with other activity sites and an uncomplicated and direct route to Northern Line and Wheels and Wings cycleways.

Project objectives assessment for blue (preferred) route

Safety  
High level of safety by significantly minimising exposure to high volume roads, providing signalised crossings of major roads and reducing speeds

Directness
Provides a direct route to Northern Line and Wheels and Wings which matches desire lines and minimal delays.;

Coherence 
Good connection with key trip generators and attractions. Minimises the number of turns and complicated manoeuvres, providing an excellent degree of coherence that will enable easy wayfinding;

Attractiveness 
Provides the opportunity for additional landscaping to enhance the area.

Comfort 
Provides for a high level of comfort by providing separation from both adjacent and crossing traffic.

Crime prevention through environmental design
Provides good surveillance, passing motorists and other road users, well lit, uncomplicated non-hazardous edges.

Business/residential impact 
Acknowledge impact on parking for businesses and residence but to be managed through consultation and mitigated where able

Network impact 
The preferred option will have some maintenance and network impacts including new signalised crossings; however, these will be designed to minimise delays to other modes of transport.

Drop-in sessions

Come and talk to the team about the proposed cycleway.

Please note, these sessions may need to be postponed or cancelled if COVID alert levels change. Under current guidelines, 50 people will be allowed inside the venue at one time and attendees will be kept 2 metres apart. Please scan/sign in and wear a mask.

New Generation Church, 309 Clyde Road (corner Aorangi Road)
Monday 20 September, anytime between 4.30pm and 6pm.

Cobham Intermediate School, 294 Ilam Road
Thursday 23 September, anytime between 3pm and 5.30pm.

Can’t make these meetings?
If there is a community meeting you would like us to attend, please let us know, or phone any time to discuss the project.

Tessa Zant, 03 941 8935, Tessa.Zant@ccc.govt.nz

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Who to contact

Tessa Zant,
Senior Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Closed for feedback