Worcester Street cycleway connection

Worcester Street is the final connection for the Rapanui cycleway into the city.

Project status: Closed for feedback
Open for feedback: 16 February 2022 to 15 March 2022

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Update 13 May 2022

Council approved the scheme design for Worcester Street cycleway connection, with several amendments and notes, on Thursday 12 May 2022.

You can view the meeting minutes, which include the formal resolutions, online at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link)  or you can watch the decision being made(external link) here.

Amendments and notes

  • Ensure no stopping lines are installed over the area of the speed hump.
  • Request staff liaise with Waka Kotahi and the Council’s Travel Demand Management Team on education for cyclists and motorists on the use of sharrows.
  • The Panel support the inclusion of Worcester Street in the Streets for People programme.
  • Request that staff investigate the phasing of traffic signals at the Madras Street and Worcester Street intersection to ensure sufficient time for pedestrians and cyclists crossing.
  • The status of the section of Worcester Street between Latimer Square and Manchester Street is currently unclear. The Panel requests further advice to Council on marking, signage, speed limits and the potential for a shared path.

What happens next?

We expect construction to begin in August 2022.

Future work on Worcester Street

A new cycleway, which will link Rapanui Shag Rock Major Cycle Route from the southeast into the central city,  will begin in 2024. Information on this can be found on our budget tool(external link) or in our Long Term Plan(external link), ID number 60236.

Consultation has now closed

Thanks for taking the time to let us know your views about the Worcester Street cycleway connection.

We received 29 submissions for the two projects and you can read all submissions received below

Worcester Street submissions [PDF, 6.9 MB]

Key topics raised

Main comments made by submitters were:

  • Make the route a separated cycleway
  • Put in more traffic calming measures such as, build-outs and speed humps
  • Planting and trees
  • Improve the connection to and from Latimer Square - Straighten the ‘dog leg’ going into the square, improve the kerbing to make the journey seamless and put in a raised platform to slow traffic
  • Increase the duration of the green cycle light at the Madras Street and Worcester Street intersection
  • Support the reduction in speed (one did not).

We considered all feedback and you can read our responses from Section 5(external link) of the report.

Staff recommendations

The staff recommendation to the Hearings Panel is to recommend to Council to approve the Antigua Street cycleway connection plan which includes:

  • Removal of unrestricted parking
  • Changing the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30km/h between Latimer Square and Fitzgerald Avenue
  • The installation of a speed hump

Meeting details and decision-making process

A staff report will be presented to the Hearings Panel who will then make a recommendation to Council, at the following meeting:

Date:                     Monday 11 April

Time:                    9am

Venue:                  Audiovisual link (Zoom)

You can read the meeting agenda, including the staff report and any additional information online at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link) from Wednesday 6 April 2022.

The final decision is recorded in the meeting minutes, and these will be available on the same webpage three working days after the meeting.

If you had indicated you would like to speak at the hearings, you will have been contacted by our Committee and Hearings Advisor confirming a speaking slot for you.

Join Zoom Meeting

To join the meeting you just need to click on the link below which will open zoom in your internet browser. You will then join the waiting room until you are admitted to the meeting.

During breaks you will be moved to the waiting room and readmitted when the meeting starts. You should not need to enter a meeting passcode but it is listed below if required. Attached are some detailed instructions if you have not used zoom before.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6439418430?pwd=eFpwTFlDT3NrOUJFZEUyaXVWOG5IQT09(external link)

Meeting ID: 643 941 8430
Passcode: 837164

To make it safer for everyone, we are proposing the following changes between Fitzgerald Avenue and Manchester Street:

  • 30km/h speed limit - between Latimer Square and Fitzgerald Avenue
  • New speed hump outside 242 Worcester Street
  • New painted sharrows on the road



More information on setting speed limits

The Christchurch City Council's Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017 allows Council to set and change speed limits on roads within Christchurch under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.

Find more information on setting speed limits on our website

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Who to contact

Sam Sharland,
Engagement Advisor

How the decision is made

  • Closed for feedback

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