Cycleway to connect Uni to central city

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 09:32 21/06/2014

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Construction will begin this summer on a cycleway connecting Canterbury University with the central city.

The cycleway, dubbed Uni-Cycle, is one of 13 planned for the city and will provide a link through Hagley Park, along Matai and Hinau streets to Ilam Rd and through to the university campus.

Council environmental committee chairman Phil Clearwater said the cycleway would be a flagship route that would demonstrate the new and improved levels of service the major cycleway programme would deliver, enabling less confident cyclists to feel safe and increase the number of cycle trips they take.

Public consultation had been done on improvements to Matai St East, including new signal controls to provide safe crossing of Deans Ave. To make way for the cycleway, some car parks would need to be removed, but every effort would be made to limit the impact of the changes.

The major cycleways programme is expected to cost about $68 million. On the other routes council staff are working through complex issues such as detailed route design and whether land purchases will be required.

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