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Summerhill cycleway construction now underway

Thursday May 13 2021

Summerhill Drive will soon be safer for all road users, with construction now underway on the city’s first permanent separated cycleway.

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As well as a cycleway, we’re adding three pedestrian waiting points, four indented carparking bays and installing two indented bays for buses to be able to pull out of the flow of traffic to drop-off and collect passengers.

This will be the second of our top 10 priority routes to be completed in our Urban Cycle Network Masterplan, which aims to make it easier and safer to ride in our city.

The design is supported by our community

Last September we consulted with our community for two potential options for the cycleway.

Option A included the removal of parking from both sides of the road, with indented parking bays installed. The median would remain, with two raised areas for pedestrians to cross.

Option B was very similar, but only required us to remove parking from the northern side of the road (the side heading towards Aokautere). The median would have to be removed, and no additional parking would be added.

191 submissions were received, with 74 per cent of respondents in support of Option A. In December 2020 Councillors also endorsed Option A.

Since consultation and the council decision, we’ve been carrying out detailed design for the construction. We’ve also listened to feedback from the consultation about safety of pedestrians, and have added an extra crossing point into the design.

Acting Transport and Infrastructure Manager, Geoff Snedden, says there will be four indented carparks, allowing space for 13 cars.

“Council’s in-house contractors will be constructing these bays and will be working between the hours of 9am-4pm weekdays. They’ll install one bay at a time, and then move onto the next. We’ve scheduled six weeks for the construction of both the bays and cycleway, but this could be extended if we experience heavy rain.”

He says once they bays are installed, line marking will be re-applied on Summerhill Drive for the cycleway. This will see the removal of the on-street parking at that point.

The cycleway will have a physical separator. We are just in the final stages of confirming what these will be. The separator and the layout will be designed to ensure street cleaning trucks and rubbish and recycling trucks can continue to access the kerb, homes and businesses.

Another step forward in bringing our Urban Cycle Network Masterplan to life

Summerhill Drive is a major thoroughfare and commuter route and will continue to get busier. These changes will encourage more people to choose to ride, as cycling safety improves. Cycling makes our community healthier, is cheaper than owning a car, better for our environment and is good for our economy as people who ride bikes tend to shop locally more often than motorists.

More people on bikes, foot and public transport also helps motorists as there’s less congestion on the road, so we can all get across the city easily and safely.

Once this cycleway is installed, it will be our first permanent separated cycleway in the city. We’re currently trialling a protected cycleway on Main Street/Pioneer Highway.

The next cycleways to be constructed as part of our Urban Cycle Network Masterplan will be Albert Street, Milson Line and part of Rangitikei Street. We’re expecting public consultation for these this winter.