Plan aims for more cycle-friendly Chch

Plans to make Christchurch more like Amsterdam have taken a step forward with the release of the city council's 30-year vision for the transport network.

The draft Christchurch transport plan maps out how the council plans to keep Christchurch moving over the next three decades and emphasises making the city more cycle-friendly.

It was approved for public release by the council yesterday at a meeting in which Cr Peter Beck said that he hoped it would lead to Christchurch becoming more like Amsterdam, which is renowned for cycling.

Mayor Bob Parker said there was a unique opportunity to develop a safe, connected cycle network that would make it easier for people to cycle, and to address the great ideas that had come through the central-city plan and the suburban centres master plans.

The draft plan was not about repairing the roads after the earthquakes; it was about providing transport choices to connect people and places, he said.

"While the first decade of the plan's implementation will no doubt be focused on replacing the damaged infrastructure, the key during this phase will be looking for opportunities to enhance the network, protect future corridors and target investments to support the long-term vision of the plan," he said.

An effective transport network was critical for Christchurch to recover from the quakes and to attract new investment, businesses and people, Parker said.

Through the plan, the council would look to develop freight routes to improve access between Christchurch International Airport, Lyttelton Port and freight hubs.

Parker is encouraging people to comment on the draft plan as the final document will determine how the city's transport network evolves and develops during the next 30 years.

The plan is on the council's website. The public can make submissions from the middle of next week until August 23.

Community drop-in sessions about the plan will be held over the next six weeks.

The Press