Puari ki Papanui: The cycleway will connect Northlands and the Northern Line Cycleway to the Central City.

Construction has started with building sites on Colombo Street, Rutland Street, Grassmere Street and Sawyers Arms Road. Fulton Hogan was awarded the construction contract and are trialling a cycle safe truck with a 360 degree camera system and side rails to improve cycle safety around the building sites.

A safer option for cyclists travelling into the city centre 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 alongside those attracted to it for its level of service.

Community feedback shapes final plans

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.