New funding to speed up development of Port Hills cycleways

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Port Hills List MP Nuk Korako has welcomed the announcement that three cycleways serving the Port Hills electorate will receive $9.4 million in funding from the Urban Cycleways Programme.

The Rapanui-Shag Rock Cycleway will receive $4.42 million, the Heathcote Expressway will receive $2.94 million and the Quarryman’s Trail will receive $2.04 million.

“As a two time Coast-to-Coast competitor, I have done a lot of cycling. It is great to see my boys continuing with this multisport passion, especially the cycling discipline.

“I know from personal experience that cycling is not only a clean and environmentally friendly means of transportation but also a great way to stay fit and healthy,” said Nuk Korako.

“But cycling on some of our roads can be dangerous. I am glad that we are going to have a network of safer cycleways for families to use in the future.

“This new funding will accelerate the build, meaning we’ll all be able to take advantage of these cycleways earlier.”

The Rapanui-Shag Rock Cycleway will connect Ferrymead to the central city, and provide a link to the Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

The Heathcote Expressway will connect Heathcote Valley, Hillsborough, Opawa and Woolston with the central city. It will also provide a link between the main CPIT Campus and the CPIT Trades Innovation Institute Campus.

The Quarryman’s Trail will provide a link to the central city for Somerfield and Hoon Hay.

“These cycleway will complement other transport options we have in the area. The addition of an extensive cycle network will make Christchurch, and particularly the suburbs south of the city, and very attractive place for people to live.”

“It’s pleasing to see central and local government working together on these three cycleways, with $9.4 million contributed from the Urban Cycleways Fund, $11.38 million from the National Land Transport Fund, and $11.85 million from Christchurch City Council.

These cycleways are part of a programme of 41 similar projects around the country designed to encourage cycling by making it safer and more attractive.

National’s commitment to providing safe and accessible urban cycleways is changing the face of cycling in New Zealand.