The Christchurch City Council is developing a network of 13 Major Cycle Routes linking shopping centres, businesses, schools, parks and popular recreation destinations all across Christchurch.
With a number of cycleways now open we have done some work to assess how effective they have been so far.
We surveyed 625 cyclists riding on the new cycleways late last year to see who they were, why they were biking and whether the cycleways were improving their experience.
We asked how they would have made the same trip before the cycleway was built:
Some of the cycleways are on existing cycle routes and some are new routes. Encouragingly the numbers are growing across all the routes and all are above the projected numbers before the routes were built.
Christchurch already has a strong cycling community – it helps when you’re a mostly flat city – but there is still more we could do to encourage people to travel by bike. Using a bike to get around has some really great benefits, both for the individual and for the city.
The Major Cycle Routes are different from the existing cycleways around the city. They have special features that help make cycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable experience. They’re also designed to encourage new groups of people to try getting around by bike.
How community input helped shape plans to restore Christchurch's reputation as a cycle city.
The Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan(external link) 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 proposed a city-wide cycle network which includes 13 major Cycle Routes to provide safe, convenient connections between the Central City, suburbs, business and shopping centres as well as popular recreational areas.
To help determine the look, feel and function of the new cycleways, Cycle Design Guidelines(external link) were developed.
Many projects are being funded as part of the Urban Cycleways Programme(external link) (UCP), made up of shared investment from the Urban Cycleways Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and local councils.
The UCP enables key, high-value urban cycling projects to get underway around the country over the next three years, while improving cycle safety and supporting more connected cycle networks.
It means the Council will deliver $65 million of the $156 million programme in the three years up to 30 June 2018 for a local investment of $23.5 million. The Urban Cycleways Fund contributes $19.04 million and there is potential for a further $22.57 million from the National Land Transport Fund.