Urgent cycleways meeting sought

Last updated 15:28 04/04/2014

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Cycling lobby group Spokes is challenging the Christchurch City Council over the delay of the completion of the cycleways network.

Spokes Canterbury chairman Keith Turner said the group was seeking an ''urgent'' meeting with the council's environmental committee following a proposal to delay the construction of 13 major cycleways across the city by three years.

''We just want to be reassured that all the numbers are lining up.''

The delays appeared to be about ''capacity rather than finance'', and Spokes wanted to make sure the council had looked in to working with other engineering companies, who did have the capacity for the job, Turner said. 

''If that fails then we will look at taking a little more direct action.''

Turner said the death of 22-year-old Sharla Haerewa this week was particularly poignant for him as her younger sister attended West Spreydon School, where he was currently working as a teacher.

''We just hope this life hasn't been lost in vain.''

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