Puari ki Rapanui: Starting at the Ferrymead Bridge, this route leads into the Central City via Linwood.

Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway will appeal to people accessing local destinations as well as weekend recreational cyclists heading to Sumner via the Christchurch Coastal Pathway(external link). There will be a connection to the Ōpāwaho River Route at Ferrymead.

Rapanui - Shag Rock Cycleway along Linwood Avenue

The first two stages of the route are now complete stretching from to Linwood Park and along Linwood Avenue until Dyers Road. The final stage of the route which connects the cycleway from Dyers Road to the Ferrymead Bridge where it will link with the Christchurch Coastal Pathway is in the detailed design phase. Construction is expected to start in 2019.

Construction so far

Construction of the city end of the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway, from the Fitzgerald Avenue and Worcester Street intersection to Linwood Park, was completed and opened in December, while the section along Linwood Avenue was completed in July.

Overall the project has included the construction of 4,500 metres of new cycleway, shared paths, stormwater, kerb and channel, and carriageway improvements so far, as well as extensive landscaping work along the Linwood Avenue media and alongside the Linwood Canal. Two existing signalised intersections were upgraded and a new signalised cycle and pedestrian crossing has been installed at Aldwins Road.  Landscaping and lighting upgrades have also been completed.


Route from Linwood Park to the Ferrymead Bridge

The section of the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway from Linwood Park to the Ferrymead Bridge was approved for detailed design and construction by the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee on Thursday 30 March 2017. This followed a number of changes that were made as a result of consultation.

The changes include:

  • widening the shared path from three metres to four metres where possible along the route
  • adding local connections into the cycleway on Linwood Avenue
  • adding cyclist priority and detectors at intersections
  • upgrading the Cranley Street u-turn bay.

Consultation on the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway between Linwood Park and the Ferrymead Bridge closed on 15 December 2016. Thank you to everyone who submitted.

A total of 86 submissions were received from across Christchurch.  Of these submissions, 93 per cent supported or generally supported the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway, while seven per cent did not support the scheme.

Read the detailed Rapanui ­– Shag Rock Cycleway route assessment report [PDF, 3.1 MB].

Plans modified

Staff have modified plans to keep full traffic movements through the intersection of England and Worcester streets. 

View the Rapanui – Shag Rock Cycleway: section 1 final plans part 1 and 2 [PDF, 1.9 MB].