Feedback on the plans for the Quarryman's Trail Cycleway closed Thursday, 10 November 2016.

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Background

Quarryman’s Trail - Puari ki Otūmatua connects Halswell to the Central City via Hoon Hay, Somerfield and Addington. The English name is a nod to the historic Halswell Quarry, while Otūmatua, a peak on the Port Hills, is the outstanding geographical feature of the south-west.

The route was developed to connect the residential growth areas around the south-west of the city. Quarryman's Trail offers another attractive transport option for city-bound commuters and for cyclists to get to the many local shops, businesses and activity centres. It will connect Halswell through to the existing shared pathways in South Hagley Park and the cycleways planned for the central city. Quarryman's Trail also connects to the Southern Lights and Nor’West Arc cycleways.

Contact details: Philippa Upton (03) 941 8808, or cycleways@ccc.govt.nz

Route selection

In developing Quarryman’s Trail, Council staff and technical experts from external agencies considered a number of different routes and types of cycleways. The route shown on this page provides the best connection to local amenities, schools and businesses, while maintaining a reasonably direct route for people biking to and from the central city, and minimising the impact on adjacent properties.

Assessing the options

There are a number of factors that determine the best route for a cycleway. For Quarryman’s, three route options were initially identified and assessed against multiple criteria 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. 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. In some cases plans for the route need to be amended to avoid causing signifcant traffic delays and congestion elsewhere.
  • Business impacts
    The Council recognises that existing parking is very important, particularly for local shops which rely on passing custom. Where possible, we have retained existing restricted parking zones in their current form or proposed alternative restricted on-street parking close by.
  • Residential impacts
    The Council is aware of the need to balance diff erent travel needs including parking and we have carefully considered 

    options 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. 

    To read the detailed Quarryman’s Trail Scheme Assessment 

    Report visit ccc.govt.nz/cycleways
  • Rubbish collection and street cleaning
    Building a safe cycleway will require changes to some service 

    operations along the route. For example, street cleaning will 

    be diff erent along the new cycleway. Rubbish collection will also change for some residents and businesses. If you have onstreet parking outside your property, there will be space next 

    to the cycleway separator island for your wheelie bins (you will get more information about this as the project progresses). 

    Where there is no on-street parking, residents and businesses will continue with their current roadside collection.
  • Connecting with the central city  
    Transport network plans for the central city have been developed as part of An Accessible City, the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. This plan includes lower speed limits and priority on some roads for people travelling on foot or by bike. To the north of Moorhouse Avenue the Quarryman’s Trail route will connect with similar separated cycleways on Antigua Street, as part of the An Accessible City programme.

Along Antigua Street the Major Cycleway is separated and requires space that will reduce the amount of on street parking by approximately 70%.
Along Strickland Street where separated cycleways are proposed, on-street parking is reduced by approximately 60%.
Along Frankleigh Street and Sparks Road, on-street parking spaces are reduced by approximately 50% to make room for the cycleway.
Some further parking removal is required for pedestrian crossing safety improvements.
Parking will be removed to install traffic signals where Quarryman’s Trail crosses Hendersons Road, Hoon Hay Road, Lyttelton Street, Barrington Street and Disraeli Street.
Further parking will be removed on side roads, to make room for the upgraded intersections and crossings and to improve safety.

What about tree removal? 

In some areas we will need to remove trees to make room for the cycleways. Trees to be removed will be replaced in suitable locations nearby.

Along the whole route we have identified approximately 16 trees that will need to be removed. Replacement trees will be planted close by, once we have determined the location of underground services.

Route description

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.

  1. Halswell Road to Lyttelton Street (Halswell to Hoon Hay)
    The starting point of the Quarryman’s Trail is Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Halswell Road, opposite the Halswell Shopping Centre. A route along Halswell Road, through Halswell Domain, emerging opposite the end of James Hight Drive has been identified as the preferred option. This route provides good connection with some of the main amenity areas in Halswell Domain and avoids some of the more secluded areas. It also connects with residential areas west of Halswell Road via Lillian Street, and between Halswell Domain and Sparks Road.
    From this point, the preferred route travels along James Hight Drive, to Milns Road. From Milns Road, the recently developed Milns Drain Reserve provides a natural connection through to Sparks Road. This route avoids the sweeping bend on Sparks Road that intersects Milns Road and Sutherland Road, which would be a less safe environment for a cycleway.
    Sparks Road is the preferred route for Quarryman’s Trail between Halswell and Lyttelton Street. There is a lack of other more direct on-road options between these points that also connect to the main destinations in the area.
  2. Lyttelton Street to Brougham Street Options (blue route on Route Options Map)

    Quarrymans Trail map options

    Route options map: blue indicates the preferred route. Click to enlarge

    At Lyttelton Street, three different route options were considered to continue the Quarryman’s Trail onwards towards the central city. The preferred route is Sparks Road, Frankleigh Street, Strauss Place, Roker Street and Strickland Street. Out of all options considered, this is the shortest, most direct route, with the fewest number of turns. It also provides a good connection for residents and businesses. This is the blue route on the Route Options Map below.
    An option to run the route along Milton Street instead of Roker Street was also considered. Roker Street is preferred because it is quieter and a cycleway will have less impact on residential and business parking. The Milton Street option would require the removal of most on-street parking to accommodate the cycleway. Roker Street also provides an enjoyable cycling environment and a good connection to surrounding areas, for example through Bradford Park and Somerfield Park.

    The other routes considered for this section were: 

    Lyttelton Street, Wychbury Street, Bletsloe Avenue and Strickland Street (green route on Route Options Map):
    While this route generally avoids busy roads, it is not as direct. Also, sections of this route are close to the Little River Link Major Cycle Route and a considerable distance from the suburb of Somerfi eld. This means the route will not provide a useful link for many people within the area. The removal of some on-street parking would be required throughout the route. A variation of this route along Athelstan Street past Barrington Mall was also considered. While this would have provided a good connection to the Mall, there were safety concerns around bus stops and the amount of traffic that would need to turn across the cycleway. Parking around the Mall would also have been aff ected. For these reasons this option was discounted.

    Lyttelton Street, Stanbury Avenue, Studholme Street, Penrith Avenue and Strickland Street (red route on Route Options Map):
    This route is considerably longer, with more changes in direction than the alternatives considered. It also has limited connection to much of Spreydon and Barrington Mall. For these reasons this option was discounted.

  3. Central city connection: Brougham Street to Moorhouse Avenue

     Antigua Street is the preferred route for the Quarryman’s Trail south of Moorhouse Avenue because it links to the key central city cycle route that connects with existing and future cycleways on Tuam Street, St Asaph Street and in Hagley Park via Oxford Terrace. Antigua Street is also a good link to the proposed Southern Lights Major Cycle Route which connects the suburbs around Beckenham to the central city. This direct cycle route avoids central city roads prioritised for vehicle traffic, such as Selwyn and Montreal Streets.

Full plans

Halswell Road and Halswell Domain

Halswell Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Halswell Road: 

Quarrymans Trail map Halswell road

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  1. A new shared pedestrian and cycle path begins at the entrance to Te Hapua: Halswell Centre and continues along the eastern side of Halswell Road.
  2. The existing on-road painted cycle lanes will be kept for experienced cyclists to use. 
  3. On-street parking on the eastern side of Halswell Road needs to be removed to make room for the shared path. 
  4. The southbound bus stop outside the Halswell Domain will shift approximately 40 metres to the north to make room for the shared path. 

Halswell Domain

Key feature of the proposed cycleway in Halswell Domain:

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  1. A new 3.5 metre wide shared pedestrian and cycle path between Halswell Road and James Hight Drive. 

The cycleway will improve access for local residents to Halswell Domain and attractions such as the model railway and playground.

 

James Hight Drive and Milns Drain Reserve

Key features of the proposed cycleway on James Hight Drive:

 Quarrymans Trail map James Hight Drive

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  1. The existing bridge at the eastern side of Halswell Domain, opposite James Hight Drive, will remain.
  2. An improved crossing Over William Brittan Avenue makes it safer for people to cross from the shared path through Halswell Domain to a new shared path on the northern side of James Hight Drive. This requires the removal of one tree on William Brittan Avenue. 
  3. A crossing at the western end of James Hight Drive makes it easy for people travelling by bike to get on and off the shared path. Cyclists will have right of way over vehicle drivers. This requires the removal of one tree outside No. 2 James Hight Drive. 
  4. On-street parking needs to be removed on James Hight Drive, near the intersection with William Brittan Avenue, to make room for the cycle crossing. 
  5. The James Hight Drive cycle facility is on road, with cyclists and motor vehicles sharing the road space. Road markings will indicate to drivers that this is a shared space. 
  6. A 30km/hr speed limit on James Hight Drive provides a safer environment for cyclists. The 30km/hr speed restriction will include Dunsford Close and Cridland Place. 
  7. Raised platforms at regular interviews will help encourage lower speeds. They will be installed outside No. 3/4-6, No. 12/15, and No. 27/28 James Hight Drive. 
  8. The existing pathway on the eastern corner of James Hight Drive and Milns Road is widened to become a shared pedestrian and cycle path. 
  9. A cycle crossing at the eastern end of James Hight Drive makes it easy for people travelling by bike to get on and off the cycle path from James Hight Drive. Cyclists will have right of way over vehicle drivers. 
  10. Some on-street parking needs to be removed on James Hight Drive near the intersection with Milns Road, to make room for the cycle crossing. 

Milns Drain Reserve

Key features of the proposed cycleway through Milns Drain Reserve: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Milns Darin Reserve

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  1. The existing pathway on the eastern corner of James Hight Drive and Milns Road is widened to become a shared pedestrian and cycle path. 
  2. An improved crossing over Milns Road makes it safer and easier for people to cross from the new shared path from James Hight Drive to Milns Reserve. 
  3. The existing gravel path through Milns Drain Reserve will be widened and sealed. The existing bridge will remain. 
  4. The shared path through Milns Drain Reserve turns onto the shoulder of Sparks Road, where it continues towards Hoon Hay. 

 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks Road

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  1. A new, 3 metre wide shared pedestrian and cycle path runs along the north-western side of Sparks Road from Milns Drain Reserve towards Hoon Hay. The location of the path shown is indicative. 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks Road

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  1. A new, 3 metre wide shared pedestrian and cycle path runs along the north-western side of Sparks Road. The location of the path shown is indicative. 
  2. Traffic calming on Sparks Road will alert drivers to a change in the road ahead. Trees will be planted at this location, subject to the location of underground services. 

Sparks Road / Hendersons Road intersection

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks and Hendersons Roads

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  1. The roundabout at the intersection of Sparks Road and Hendersons Road is replaced by traffic signals to improve safety for all road users.
  2. West of Hendersons Road and on the northern side of Sparks Road there is a 3 metre wide shared path.
  3. East of Hendersons Road and on the southern side of Sparks Road a two-way cycleway is protected from traffic by a separator island.
  4. The new signals have a diagonal crossing to link the cycleways east and west of Hendersons Road. The signals will provide separate phasing for people on bikes to cross safely.
  5. New cycle lanes on Hendersons Road will approach the traffic lights.

Cyclists will cross Hendersons Road diagonally between the shared path to the went and the cycleway to the east. Pedestrians will cross Hendersons Road directly from the shared path to the existing footpath.
 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks Road

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  1. A two-way cycleway on the southern side of Sparks Road is protected from traffic by separator islands. 
  2. On-street parking is retained on the northern side of Sparks Road. However, parking will not be permitted on the southern side. 
  3. Gaps in the cycleway separator islands allow cyclists to get on and off the cycleway from the properties opposite. 

Having a two-way cycleway on the southern side of Sparks Road means people riding bikes will cross through fewer intersections than if one-way cycleways were provided on both sides of the road. 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: 

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks Road

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  1. A two-way cycleway on the southern side of Sparks Road is protected from traffic by separator islands. 
  2. On-street parking is retained on the northern side of Sparks Road. However, parking will not be permitted on the southern side. 
  3. Gaps in the cycleway separator islands allow cyclists to get on and off the cycleway from the properties opposite. 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road:

 Quarrymans Trail map Sparks Road

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  1. A two-way cycleway on the southern side of Sparks Road is protected from traffic by separator islands. 
  2. A painted flush median makes it safer and easier for drivers to turn into properties and side roads along this section of the route. 
  3. A new refuge island adjacent to Victors Road will help people access the cycleway to and from Victors Road. 
  4. A new pedestrian refuge island adjacent to Gainsborough Street will help cyclists and pedestrians safely cross Sparks Road. 
  5. On-street parking on the southern side of Sparks Road needs to be removed to make room for the cycleway and the flush median. 
  6. Most on-street parking is retained on the northern side of Sparks Road. However, some parking needs to be removed to provide safe crossing points for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Having a two-way cycleway on the southern side of Sparks Road means people riding bikes will cross through fewer intersections than if one-way cycleways were provided on both sides of the road. 

Sparks Road

Key features of the proposed cycleway on this section of Sparks Road: