Cycle lanes may be two-way

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 15:54 03/02/2014
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TWO-WAY STREET: An artist’s impression of the segregated two-way cycle lane being built on St Vincent St in Nelson.

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Installing two-way segregated cycle lanes will make cycling easier and safer for Christchurch residents, a cycling advocate says. 

The design is one of many considered as the Christchurch City Council looks to spend $68.3 million on cycling infrastructure over the next five years. 

Planning, including exact routes, is still under way, but work on the 13 major cycle lanes is expected to begin soon. 

The Christchurch Cycle Design Guidelines, adopted by the council in April last year, have suggested two-way cycle lanes segregated from the road, will be considered on busy urban streets.

Nelson is set to become the country's first urban area to get a segregated two-way cycle lane, with work already under way along St Vincent St. 

Bicycle Nelson Bays co-ordinator John-Paul Pochin said he understood Christchurch would introduce similar lanes soon. 

''We're looking very closely at Christchurch, because it's a great opportunity to look at new designs and new ideas.''

Pochin, a former Christchurch resident, said the city was a ''very cycle-friendly'' place, but he was interested to see how much conditions for cyclists could be improved post-earthquakes.

''One of the things we're hoping is that the [Christchurch and Nelson] councils will get some feedback on the usage of these cycleways and share what works, what doesn't work,'' he said.

Segregated cycleways were important because they gave less-confident cyclists ''some protection'' from vehicles and other road users.

''It gets cyclists off the road, which is the main thing. Hopefully we can get more of them.''

The Christchurch City Council did not have an available update regarding the progress of the cycle lanes it was still in the design and planning stage. 

Christchurch residents are being encouraged to get involved in the planning, with a public vote to decide on the names of the 13 major cycle lanes. 

Click here to vote.

Votes can be cast until February 15.

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