Consultation is now closed on the first stage of this cycleway from Cashmere Road to the University.

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Background

The proposed Nor’West Arc route starts at Cashmere Road near Princess Margaret Hospital and runs north across the western side of the city, eventually connecting to the Northern Line Major Cycle Route near St James Park.

Thursday 9 March
Cobham Hall at South West Baptist Church 
244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon
6.30pm to 8.30pm (presentation at 7pm)

Tuesday 14 March
La Vida Conference and Community Centre 
34A Hansons Lane
Upper Riccarton
6.30pm to 8.30pm (presentation at 7pm)

Thursday 16 March
Cobham Hall at South West Baptist Church 
244 Lyttelton Street
Spreydon
6.30pm to 8.30pm (presentation at 7pm)

Engagement Advisor contact details
Kate Berkett: (03) 378 0967

Email
cycleways@ccc.govt.nz

Route Selection

In developing the Nor’West Arc, Council staff and technical specialists from external agencies considered a number of different routes in the study area. The route shown in this booklet is based on a continuous safe cycleway connecting the Heathcote River and future Ōpāwaho MCR to the University of Canterbury by providing a safe, direct and attractive route, whilst minimising potential impacts to residents and businesses.

Assessing the options
There are a number of factors that determine the best route for a cycleway. To ensure that all of these factors are considered, the Council has developed a multiple criteria assessment process to help identify a preferred option. The criteria are
designed to provide a balance between the needs of people wanting to cycle and the impacts of a cycleway on businesses, residents and the road network.

These criteria include:

  • Safety first

For the cycleways to be effective and feel safe, the Major Cycle Routes must be built in a certain way. This means separating people on bikes from motor vehicles in some areas, and slowing vehicles and reducing volumes in others.

South of Lincoln Road, through Spreydon and Lower Cashmere, the Nor’West Arc route follows quiet streets away from heavy traffic.

Generally, the preferred location for Major Cycle Routes is on quieter streets with fewer trucks. However, this can be difficult to achieve where the route gets closer to the central city and / or needs to link through commercial or rural areas.

  • Traffic network considerations

Building safe cycle routes is one way to make the transport network more resilient. Where the proposed cycle route significantly changes the road, the Council must assess the likely impact on the rest of the transport network.

The Nor’West Arc route crosses busy roads including Riccarton Road, Lincoln Road and Sparks Road. The impact of these crossings to existing road users have been carefully assessed.

  • Residential and business impacts

The Council recognises that existing parking is very important, particularly for local shops which rely on passing custom. We are also aware of the need to balance different travel needs including parking and attempt to keep as much parking as possible. However, when planning safe, direct cycleways using limited available space, there will be times when vehicle parking does not take priority.

  • Feeling safe and secure

The perception of safety along cycle routes is important to the overall success of the cycleway. Achieving a comfortable and attractive cyclist experience within a well designed environment is one of Councils’ design considerations.

To read the detailed Northern Line Route Assessment Report visit ccc.govt.nz/cycleways(external link)

What about tree removal?

In some areas we will need to remove trees to make room for the new path. We will look to replace trees where appropriate, and the design will look for opportunities for new landscape plantings.

Along the whole route we have identified approximately 28 trees that will need to be removed, 3 trees which will be replanted nearby and 281 new trees once we have determined the location of underground services.

Connecting with the central city and other Major Cycle Routes

Transport network plans for the central city are being developed as part of An Accessible City, the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. This plan includes lower speed limits and priority for people travelling on foot or by bike. The Nor’West Arc connects to many of the major cycleway routes which feed into the city.

The majority of the route goes through quiet streets with low parking demand.

The design of the new cycle path will incorporate good urban design elements such as lighting and landscaping. Creating and maintaining a sense of ownership will contribute to a good first impression for path users.

Overview Map

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Overview Map

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Route Description

The extended Nor’West Arc route from the Canterbury University to Cashmere can be broken down into two
main sections:

  1. Ilam – from the Uni–Cycle cycleway at University Driveto the Southern Motorway underpass at the end of Annex Road in Middleton.
  2. Spreydon – from the Southern Motorway underpass, past Hillmorton Hospital and through Spreydon to the Heathote River in Cashmere.

Route options for each section have been assessed against the criteria detailed above, to determine the best route for each section, while keeping in mind how the sections fit together to form a continuous route.

  • University Drive to the Southern Motorway underpass (Ilam) 

Seven options were identified within this section. The preferred route continues from the Uni–Cycle route at University Drive as a one-way separated cycleway on each side of Ilam Road to Riccarton Road and crosses to Middleton Road where it changes to a two-way cycleway. From there, it continues through Suva Street past Middleton Grange School and onto Hansons Lane. A new signalised diagonal crossing at the Hansons Lane intersection will lead cyclists and pedestrians to a new signalised crossing at Blenheim Road and onto a two-way facility on Annex Road to the Southern Motorway underpass.

Alternative routes through Clyde Road, Konini Street and Puriri Street were also considered relatively safe and attractive, however, these route options were less direct and required a cost prohibitive overbridge to Matipo Street. For these reasons these options were discounted.

Two other options along Curletts Road and Clarence Street were also assessed. These routes generally involved busy roads in a less comfortable environment, and were less direct than the preferred route.

  • Southern Motorway underpass to Heathcote River (Spreydon)

Of the four main options identified in this section, the preferred route continues past Hillmorton Hospital along Annex Road and across Lincoln Road through to the quiet streets in Spreydon. Domain Terrace will have a two way separated cycleway on the western side of the street which will continue through Glynn Reserve over a widened bridge. Smartlea Street and McBeath Avenue will be upgraded with trees and landscaping to enhance the slow traffic environment. At the end of McBeath Avenue, the accessway will be resurfaced and lead cyclists to a new signalised crossing over Sparks Road to the Quarryman’s Trail MCR and to the widened shared path through Centennial Park, behind the Pioneer Leisure Centre. A crossing over Rose Street will then direct cyclists into Palmside Street and Ferniehurst Street which will be greenways and enhanced with trees and landscaping. The route will end at the Heathcote River and the future Ōpāwaho MCR. Alternative routes through Barrington Street, Lyttelton Street and Hoon Hay Road were also considered, however, the Barrington Street and Hoon Hay Road options were less direct, lacked connectivity with the north section of the route and in the case of Barrington Street, the traffic volume was too high. For these reasons, these options were discounted. Lyttelton Street was considered the next best option route but given the existing on road cycleway is already popular for commuting cyclists, constructing an additional off-road cycleway for interested but concerned riders is considered preferable for both groups.

 

Overview Map

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Full plans

University Drive - Middleton Road

University Drive to Homestead Lane

  1. A one-way cycleway on each side of Ilam Road will connect to the Uni–Cycle route at University Drive.
  2. The existing bus stops will remain and the cycleway will divert behind them to provide separation with bus passengers.

Ilam Road will remain a 40km/hr speed environment and the cycleway will provide important links for staff and students to the University.

 University Drive to Homestead Lane

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Homestead Lane to Kirkwood Avenue

  1. Commuter cyclists will continue to use the on road facility in front of Ilam School while less experienced riders can choose to use the shared path.
  2. The existing pedestrian crossing at Ilam School will remain.
  3. The in-lane bus stop allows car parks along Ilam Road to be retained.
Homestead Lane to Kirkwood Avenue

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Ilam Road (Kirkwood Avenue to Rudleigh Street)

  1. A 2 metre wide one-way path continues on each side of Ilam Road
  2. The bus stops will have new bus boarders and cyclists will give way to passengers using the buses.
 Ilam Road (Kirkwood Avenue to Rudleigh Street)

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Riccarton Road to Kilmarnock Street

  1. A 2 metre wide one-way cycleway continues on each side of Ilam Road.
  2. The in-lane bus stop allows carparks along Ilam Road to be retained.
  3. A new intersection treatment will be implemented in the future as part of the Riccarton Road bus priority improvements.
  4. A 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway will be installed on the west side of Middleton Road. Parking will be retained on the east side. New trees and landscaping will enhance the streetscape.
 Riccarton Road to Kilmarnock Street

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 Artists impression

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Middleton Road

  1. A 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway will be installed on the west side of Middleton Road. Parking will be retained on the east side.
  2. New trees and landscaping will enhance the streetscape.
 Middleton Road

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Middleton Road - Blenheim Road

Middleton Road and Suva Street intersection

  1. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway will turn into Suva Street
  2. Parking will remain on the south side of Suva Street
  3. New trees and landscaping will enhance the streetscape. 
  4. New speed humps will encourage a low speed environment.

In the future, the South Express Major Cycle Route will also go through Suva Street.

 Middleton Road and Suva Street intersection

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Suva Street

  1. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway will continue on the north side of Suva Street.
  2. Low traffic volumes on Suva Street will be encouraged by the installation of speed humps and kerb build outs.
  3. Parking will remain on the north side of Suva Street in front of the school.
  4. New trees and landscaping will enhance the streetscape.

Staff and students will be able to ride safely to Middleton Grange School.

 Suva Street

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Suva Street and Hansons Lane intersection

  1. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway continues down Suva Street and crosses to the west side of Hansons Lane.
  2. A new cyclist and pedestrian diagonal crossing will allow all users to cross simultaneously to and from Hansons Lane.
  3. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway continues down Hansons Lane towards Blenheim Road.

A diagonal crossing where pedestrians and cyclists cross simultaneously is known as a cyclist ‘Barnes Dance’.

 Suva Street and Hansons Lane intersection

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Hansons Lane

  1. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway continues Hansons Lane towards Blenheim Road.
  2. On road parking will remain on the east side of Hansons Lane.
 Hansons Lane

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Blenheim Road

  1. The 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway from Hansons Lane will become a shared area and cross Blenheim Road and the Steel and Tube driveway at a new signalised crossing.
  2. A 3.5 metre wide shared path on the south side of Blenheim Road will also be used by commuter cyclists travelling west along Blenheim Road.

The Blenheim Road changes were consulted on in 2014 and are shown for information only.

 Blenheim Road

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Annex Road - Hillmorton Hospital

Annex Road

  1. A 4 metre wide shared path will continue along the west side of Annex Road.
  2. A new path will cross the railway tracks so that pedestrians and cyclists can easily see oncoming trains.
  3. A 1.6 metre wide on-road cycleway will provide a facility for cyclists coming from Blenheim Road and enable them to cross Annex Road at a cycle and pedestrian crossing south of Lunns Road.

The Annex Road changes were consulted on in 2014 and are shown for information purposes only.

 Annex Road

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Annex Road

  1. A 3.3 metre wide shared path will continue along the west side of Annex Road.
  2. A new island will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross Venture Place.
  3. A 3 metre wide two-way cycleway, separated from vehicles and pedestrians, will replace the existing on road facility.

New LED lights will be installed at driveways used by a large volume of heavy vehicles to warn drivers of oncoming cyclists.

 Annex Road

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Annex Road

  1. A 3 metre wide two-way cycleway, separated from vehicles and pedestrians, will replace the existing on road facility.
  2. A new island will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross Nazareth Avenue.
 Annex Road

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Annex Road

  1. A new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing will be installed across Wigram Road.
  2. A 3.8 metre wide shared path will be constructed on the west side of Annex Road, in front of the existing 90 degree parking.
  3. Paving and landscaping will enhance the intersection of the Nor’West Arc and Little River MCRs.

This section of the Nor’West Arc MCR connects to the Little River MCR.

 Annex Road

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Annex Road (Hillmorton Hospital)

  1. The north end of Annex Road will be converted to a shared path from the existing Hillmorton Hospital accessway to the existing underpass.
  2. A driveway will enable access to the hospital.
 Annex Road (Hillmorton Hospital)

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Annex Road (Hillmorton Hospital) - Domain Terrace

Annex Road (Hillmorton Hospital)

  1. A 3.5 metre wide shared path with a tree lined berm will be constructed on the west side of Annex Road.
  2. On-street parking will remain on both sides of the road.
 Annex Road (Hillmorton Hospital)

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Annex Road (Linden Grove Avenue)

  1. A 3.5 metre wide shared path with a tree lined berm will be constructed on the west side of Annex Road.
  2. On-street parking will remain on both sides of the road. An existing path will provide a connection between the Nor’West Arc route and Seager Park.
 Annex Road (Linden Grove Avenue)

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Annex Road Reserve

  1. The existing pathway through the Annex Road Reserve is widened to become a shared pedestrian and cycle path.
  2. A raised threshold provides a crossing point over Annex Road and encourages a slow speed environment.
  3. A 4 metre wide two-way off road cycleway will be constructed between established trees on land which is currently owned by the Canterbury District Health Board and designated for road widening.

When Lincoln Road is widened, the cycleway will become a shared path.

 Annex Road Reserve

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Lincoln Road and Domain Terrace

  1. The 4 metre wide two way cycleway will cross Lincoln Road at a new signalised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
  2. A shared path will be constructed in front of the future medical centre.
  3. A 3.5 metre wide two-way cycleway with a tree lined berm will be constructed on the west side of Domain Terrace.

When Lincoln Road is widened, the cycleway will become a shared path.