New Little River Cycleways to Benefit Our Motel Guests
A Major Cycleway programme is planned in Christchurch to provide an extensive and connected cycleway network through the city. One of the 13 planned routes, the Little River Cycleway, will eventually be continuous all the way from the central city out to Halswell and Hornby, connecting with the rail trail to Little River.
Three kilometres of the Little River Link, taking cyclists through Addington from Moorhouse Ave through Church Square to Barrington St, will begin construction later this year.
The Little River Link will provide a convenient connection for people in the south and west of Christchurch, including our Westside Motor Lodge guests, to get into Addington or the central city. From our location on Riccarton Road, our guests will be able to ride their bikes to Addington or into the central city via the new Hagley Park shared path.
Our guests can already make use of the new cycleway accessing Hagley Park along Matai Street East, including a crossing of Deans Avenue. The cycleway was opened in August last year and in November 2015, monitoring by Christchurch City Council showed an average of 590 people cycled across the new Matai Street crossing into Hagley Park every weekday.
Exploring Christchurch by bike is a great way to see and experience our exciting city in the re-build phase. Within easy bike access of Westside Motor Lodge, interesting attractions include Riccarton Bush, Deans Cottage, the Antigua Boatsheds, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Mona Vale Estate, Hagley Park, the Re:Start Container Shopping area, Cathedral Square, the new Transitional Cardboard Cathedral and New Regent Street.
The new Little River Link will also enable greater cycling connections for guests between our accommodation in Riccarton and Addington, a vibrant suburb of cafés, restaurants and bars.
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) southern regional director Jim Harland said it was great to see progress being made on the city's cycleway network as it was essential for making cycling a more attractive and safe travel choice. "Each one of these cycleways is critical to the development of a network that will enable more people to have a choice to safely cycle to work, school or recreational activities," Harland said.
The Council will deliver $65 million of its $156 million Major Cycle Routes network over the next three years, with a local investment of $23.5 million.
Construction on the cycleways is expected to be finished in 2017.