Naming our new cycleways

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 08:31 08/01/2014

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World leaders, Christchurch's founding fathers, local cycling identities and notable landmarks are among those providing inspiration in a competition to name the city's planned new cycleways.

Christchurch City Council environment committee chairman Cr Phil Clearwater said there had been a range of ideas among the about 100 entries received to date.

Clearwater said it was pleasing to see many suggestions using Te Reo Maori, reflecting the role local iwi have had - and continued to have - in developing Christchurch as a vibrant, resilient city.

"We want people to feel ownership of this important piece of the city's infrastructure and one of the best and easiest ways to do that is to provide a name for one of the routes," Clearwater said.

Thirteen new cycleways are planned in Christchurch as part of a $68.3 million network that is scheduled to be constructed over the next five years. It will link suburbs, education, business and shopping areas as well as popular recreational destinations.

The council wants the public to get involved in the project by coming up with names for each of the routes. The deadline for entries in the competition is 5pm on Sunday. All entries will be considered by a judging panel ahead of a public vote on what should be the winning name for each route.

The council will have final approval of the names.

"The development and construction of the cycleways is a significant investment in our city's transport infrastructure that will shape the way future generations get around our city," Clearwater said.

Work on some portions of the major cycleways is expected to begin in the first half of this year.

People wishing to put forward suggestions for cycleways names can find details on how to do so at futurechristchurch.co.nz.

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