Would the poles bother you?
Poll: A section of the Around the Mountains cycle trail between Lumsden and Mossburn looks more like a slalom course than a cycleway, with several kilometres of trail built around existing power poles.
Southland District Council chief executive David Adamson said the layout was "not ideal" but there were no plans to move the power poles at this stage.
Mr Adamson said there were other cycle trails similar to this throughout New Zealand, and the council had looked at other options.
Initially, the trail was going to be built on the other side of the road, he said, but ongoing drainage work by the NZ Transport Agency meant the council was left with no other option.
There were parts of the track built between the poles and the fence, and Mr Adamson said if budgets allowed in the future, moving the fence in other places could be an option.
He said "cycle people" had checked that the trail was safe.
"It's only a reasonably short part of the trail," he said.
Andrew Voerman is a journalism student at the University of Canterbury.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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