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 AssessmentReport 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 willbe 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.