Puari ki Papanui: This cycleway connects Northlands and the Northern Line Cycleway to the Central City.
It is a safer option for cyclists travelling into the Central City from Papanui and the northern suburbs, this cycleway offers a direct alternative to the arterial roads. There is also a connection to the Northern Line Cycleway at Papanui. It is expected to attract many new commuters, shoppers and recreational cyclists.
The cycleway was officially opened on 23 June by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges at the Scottish Society Hall. It was a well attended community event and Simon Bridges also presented Lianne Dalziel with the Top Town award which Christchurch won through the NZ Transport Agency's favourite places to ride competition.
Fulton Hogan constructed the route and trialed a cycle safe truck(external link) with a 360 degree camera system and side rails to improve cycle safety around the building sites.
More than 80 changes were made to the initial proposals after public feedback.
Of the 656 submissions received, 270 generally supported the consultation proposals, 269 generally opposed them and the remainder did not indicate a view either way. Half the feedback indicated support for the Papanui Parallel cycleway proposals to reduce dependency on motor vehicle use and encourage new cyclists to feel safe using roads for cycling.
A total of 265 people attended the five drop-in sessions at the St Albans Community Centre, Colombo Street (2); the Northcity Church, Sawyers Arms Road; Paparoa School, Paparoa Street; and the Scottish Society Hall, Caledonian Road.
Papanui Parallel plans
The following plans show the approved scheme design, including changes incorporated as a result of consultation.