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Consultation update – 15 November

Consultation has closed on the Quarryman's Trail and opens on the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway and Heathcote Expressway this week.

Consultation closed on the Quarryman's Trail last week with about 450 submissions received. The project team expect to update submitters with responses to any concerns raised and any changes to the final proposal by the end of November. Submissions on the Northern Line will close at 5pm on Thursday 17 November so get any last minute submissions in.

Feedback is sought on the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway and Heathcote Expressway starting this week. Information on the routes is available on the Major Cycle Routes consultation page.

New safety measures trialled in cycleway build

Fulton Hogan were awarded the construction contract for the Papanui Parallel and are trialling a cycle safe truck with a 360 degree camera system and side rails to improve cycle safety around their building sites.

The camera is set up so that when the truck is stationary there are no blind spots. A cyclist on the inside lane can be easily seen on the screen inside the cab. The truck has also been fitted with side rails which prevent cyclists being dragged under the vehicle. Find out more on Newsline (external link) .

Construction of the Papanui Parallel is happening across the length of the route with building sites on Colombo Street, Rutland Street, Grassmere Street and Sawyers Arms Road.

Construction underway

Work has started on four Major Cycle Routes.

Construction work has started on the  the Papanui Parallel, Little River Link (the Addington end), and the first stage of the Rapanui/Shag Rock cycleway. Work will also start on the next stage of the Uni–Cycle route towards the end of November.

Work sites are spread across the different routes and construction will be completed on all the routes in 2017.

Riders flock to new path

Early results from monitoring show that hundreds of people a day are using the new separated cycleway along Matai Street East and Deans Avenue crossing into Hagley Park, part of the Uni-Cycle route.

In February 2016, an average of 890 cyclists used the new Deans Avenue crossing every weekday, up from 590 a day in November and three times the number using it in September, its first month of operation.  At the same time, the number of cyclists using the nearby crossing at Kilmarnock St has risen from 550 to 630 a day.

More of university route approved

On 4 August 2016, the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee approved final plans for a section of the Uni-Cycle route.

The Committee approved scheme designs for the intersections of Hinau and Miro streets and Miro and Totara Streets, as well as parking changes along Hinau Street.

Plans and submission details are available on the meeting agenda (external link) .

The Uni-Cycle route connects the Central City to the University of Canterbury campus, passing by a number of schools and attractions