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Major Cycle Route: Papanui Parallel – Puari ki Papanui

Submissions: Phone us: 941 8999, 8am-6pm
Contact: Jennie Hamilton
Phone: 941-5207, 027 225 0671
Fax: 941-8384


Areas affected:
Wards affected: Hagley, Papanui, Shirley
People affected: General community


Open date: 05/11/2015
Close date: 14/12/2015 5:00p.m.


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Major Cycle Route Papanui Parallel - Puari ki Papanui


Based on early feedback on its plans for the Papanui Parallel Major Cycle Route, the Council is inviting comments on an additional option to build a cycleway along Caledonian Road.

As a result the submission period for the Papanui Parallel consultation has been extended until 14 December and two additional drop-in sessions have been arranged for people to discuss plans with staff. These are on:

Thursday 3 December, 4.30 – 6.30pm
St Albans Community Centre, 1047 Colombo Street, St Albans

Friday 4 December, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Scottish Society Hall, 134 Edgeware Road, St Albans

New Option: MCR Papanui Parallel including Caledonian Rd

New Option: Response Form - MCR Papanui Parallel including Caledonian Rd

Updated: Booklet - MCR Papanui Parallel

Updated: Response Form - MCR Papanui Parallel

Christchurch City Council is proposing to construct a dedicated, safe, high quality cycle facility between Sawyers Arms Road (at the rail crossing) and the City Centre (Bealey Avenue). The plans link the proposed Northern Line Cycleway to Northlands Mall, through St Albans and Edgeware Village to the Central City. It is one of 13 new Major Cycle Routes to be built in and around the city over seven years.

The 4.9 kilometre Papanui Parallel cycleway route will be separated from traffic along Sawyers Arms Road, Main North Road, Grassmere Street, Rutland Street and St Albans Street. Trafalgar Street will be closed to through traffic, creating a low-speed neighbourhood slow zone, where people travelling on bikes and in vehicles will share the road. The route is separated from traffic along Edgeware Road and Colombo Street to Bealey Avenue, where it will eventually connect to the proposed An Accessible City cycleways through to the Central City.

The proposed work includes
• A new two-way cycleway on Sawyers Arms Road, Main North Road and Grassmere Street
• New traffic lights for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Main North Road
• New cycleways on Rutland Street
• Cul-de-sac option on Hawkesbury Avenue at Rutland Street
• New traffic lights at the intersection of Rutland Street and St Albans Street
• A new two-way cycleway on St Albans Street and Trafalgar Street
• Cul-de-sac on Trafalgar Street to the north of Dover Street
• New traffic lights at the intersection of Edgeware Road and Colombo Street
• New cycleways on Colombo Street

Details of each section of the route can be viewed alongside the relevant plan in the consultation booklet at
A newly constructed shared cycle and pedestrian path between Grassmere Street and Rutland Street connects the cycleways on these two streets to form a continuous route. The remainder of the Papanui Parallel route is expected to be completed in 2017.

When completed, it is estimated that more than 1,000 people a day will use the facility at its northern end, increasing to about 2,200 a day at the southern end closer to the Central City. It is likely that people heading to work will use much of the route, along with younger riders going to the schools around Paparoa Street, Rutland Street and Trafalgar Street/Sheppard Place. The route connects to Edgeware Village and local shops on Colombo Street and Rutland Street, as well as to Northlands Mall.

We want your help to build the best routes possible so more people choose to travel by bike so so please send us you comments.
Although the route of the Papanui Parallel cycleway has been approved by the Council, comments on the roading layout will guide the project team’s recommendations to Councillors. Options are offered at two locations: the intersection of Grassmere Street, Main North Road and Sawyers Arms Road; and the intersection of Rutland Street and Hawkesbury Avenue. All feedback on all aspects of the project will be considered before final recommendations are also made to the Council’s Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee in February 2016.

Assessing the options
Making changes to the traffic network requires careful consideration. Below is a summary of the issues and criteria that helped shape the plans for the Papanui Parallel route.
There are several factors that determine the best route for a cycleway. Among these is the location of schools, workplaces, shopping centres and recreation areas. Travel and accident data is analysed to assess what demand there is for safer facilities.
The route options considered on-street routes, potential routes through parks and laneways, as well as the option of purchasing private properties to form key links or to make routes more direct.

Four principal routes were identified and these were assessed against multiple criteria designed to provide a balance between the needs of people wanting to ride and the impacts of any facility on businesses, residents and the road network.

Finding a preferred option
The four routes were compared using the following key criteria:
• Cyclist level of service – safety and comfort, directness and coherence, connectivity, social safety and attractiveness
• Community and stakeholder interest – impacts on businesses, impacts on local residents, operation and network effects
• Costs and programme risks – ease of construction

The route shown in the consultation plans provides the best connection to local amenities, schools and businesses while still maintaining a reasonably direct route for people wishing to travel by bike to and from the Central City. Read the detailed Papanui Parallel Scheme Assessment Report.

Safety first
In order for the routes to be effective and so people who have safety concerns will feel confident to use them, they must be built in a certain way. This means separating people on bikes from motor vehicle traffic in some areas, and slowing vehicles and reducing volumes in others. There is limited space and changes have been considered for their effect on other parts of the network.

Network considerations
The Council developed the Major Cycle Routes is response to community demand for safer travel options for people who want to cycle to get around. The network of 13 Major Cycle Routes is part of the 30-year vision for transport in Christchurch, which picked up on themes from Share an Idea. Building safe cycle routes is one way to make the transport network more resilient, helping to keep our city moving.

Where there are significant changes, an assessment was done of the likely impact on the rest of the transport network. In some cases the plans for the route have been amended to avoid causing significant problems elsewhere. An example is at the intersection of Rutland Street and Innes Road. From a safety perspective, the plans would include no left-turn access at this crossroads but that would have impacted on vehicle flows so an upgraded intersection was the preferred option.

What about tree removal?
There are some areas where trees will have to be removed to accommodate the cycleway and for safety reasons. This may be to create space for the cycleway or to allow greater visibility to people coming out of driveways or travelling along the road. Along the route, there are 48 trees identified for removal, although this may change as detailed designs are developed.

Parking provision
The Council is aware of the need to try to balance the different travel needs of people, including providing parking. As it tries to meet the community's demand for safe, direct cycleways with limited available space, there will be times when parking for vehicles must be reduced. Careful consideration has been given to exploring other options. At the intersection of Grassmere Road, Main North Road and Sawyers Arms Road there are options: one that prioritises safety for people walking or riding, the other preserves vehicle parking outside the businesses. Along Rutland Street, near Hawkesbury Avenue, there are similar options to prioritise rider safety or parking outside the shopping area. In residential areas on-street parking is significantly reduced from 554 spaces to the proposed 227. In business areas, the 83 spaces reduces to 30 if option A is chosen for the Grassmere Street, Main North Road, Sawyers Arms Road area (25 parks are provided under option B).

Connecting with the Central City
Transport network plans for the Central City are being developed as part of An Accessible City, the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. The plan includes lower speed limits and priority for people travelling on foot or by bike. How some of the remaining projects will be funded and delivered is still being determined.