26 Mar 2014

Christchurch cycle upgrade delay likely

11:56 am on 26 March 2014

Christchurch City Council wants to delay an extensive upgrade to the city's cycle-lane network by three years.

The council had previously planned to complete 13 new cycleways, at a cost of $68 million, by 2018.

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Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

In the council's draft annual plan it proposes to push the completion of the cycle network back by three years, to 2021.

Acting general manager, city environment, Terry Howes, said the project aims to significantly improve the current cycle lane network, which requires significant planning and community consultation.

He said the advice from a visiting expert from the Netherlands was that the council should take its time to get this important preliminary work right.

The proposal is currently up for public consultation, with submissions accepted until 22 April.