Simon’s May 2023 newsletter: Good news on cycleways, hello LGNZ

CBEC members at our inaugural meeting at LGNZ’s Wellington office in March.

The Wheels to Wings – Papanui ki Waiwhetū major cycle route has featured in a number of my recent newsletters, and it will again today, but first let’s start with some good news on the Northern Line MCR.

Green light for Northern Line cycleway crossings and missing sections

This week the Council approved the detailed design of incomplete sections of the Northern Line major cycleway route. Staff emphasised that Council were being asked to approve the ‘lines and signs’ associated with an already-approved scheme design, and advised that construction of missing sections north of Northcote Road can start next month. Crossing upgrades at Harewood, Langdons, and Sawyers Arms Roads are due to commence in late 2023. For details, see page 5 onwards in the meeting agenda.

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Strong cycleway support in Annual Plan submissions

Over the past week the Christchurch City Council has been hearing submissions on the city’s draft Annual Plan, and feedback on cycleways, including the Wheels to Wings – Papanui ki Waiwhetū major cycle route, is overwhelmingly positive.

A photo taken on Harewood Rd from a bike mounted camera showing a close pass from a driver towing a trailer. This image accompanied my Facebook post encouraging people to submit on the Annual Plan in general and on the Wheels to Wings in particular.

Last year I wrote to clarify that during the two rounds of public consultation on the Wheels to Wings, only a minority of submissions opposed the project. “How terrible it would be for the community to be denied the cycleway on the basis of this minority opposition?” I said at the time.

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What’s on? Events in the Waipapa Board area 2-4 December 2022

There’s a lot to do in the Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board area this coming weekend. Here’s what’s in my diary:

Friday 2 December

The Avebury Xmas Night Market runs from 3:30pm to 7:30pm at Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond. “…over 40 amazing stallholders bringing a huge variety of locally-crafted, homemade arts and wares; great food; live music; and the star on the tree – Santa! Free Santa selfies for kids of all ages – in the house! We’d love to see you!

Carols at the Pa takes place at Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Road, St Albans, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with kapa haka, carols, and kia & craft stalls.

I’ll be heading to Global + Local Climate Action: Where to from here? at the Aldersgate Centre, 309 Durham St North, at 6pm. A chance to hear from Green Party Co-leader James Shaw and Christchurch City Councillor Sara Templeton for a kōrero about action on climate change both globally and at a local level. This event is free, but RSVPs are mandatory.

Saturday 3 December

The Christchurch Northern Community Market is now on weekly through the summer months, from 9am to 2pm at the Redwood Hotel, 340 Main North Road.

This Saturday there’s also the Edgeware Village Christmas Market from 10am to 2pm at the St Albans Community Centre, 1049 Colombo Street. “30 stalls of creative products from local crafty people and a large plant sale. Enjoy the entertainment and food on site and find that perfect gift.

Sunday 4 December

Sunday brings the Christmas Family Festival in Victoria Square, running from 11:30am to 5pm. “…live music, family entertainment, bouncy castles and food vendors. Local performers and music acts like the All Girl Big Band and Music with Michal will also be there. Word on the street is that Santa is also going to make an appearance.”

What are your plans for the weekend?

Keep Calm and Cycle On: only a minority opposed the Wheels to Wings cycleway

Is the Wheels to Wings – Papanui ki Waiwhetū major cycle route really ‘controversial’, or even ‘very controversial’, as some recent headlines* claimed, following the July decision of the council to approve the cycleway’s scheme design? The evidence suggests otherwise.

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Explanation: changes to Papanui Ward boundaries in 2022

The Christchurch City Council’s 2021 representation review resulted in two significant changes to Papanui Ward from the 2022 election onwards: adjustments to the Ward’s boundaries; and also a change to the overall Community Board area.

Papanui Ward boundaries for the 2022 election. Image source: Christchurch City Council.

I have previously written about the Papanui Ward – see my 2019 article for an exploration of the area that it covers, (noting that the boundaries are changing as described below). This current article focuses on what’s changing. From the 2022 election onwards the composition of the Community Board also changes – Papanui and Innes Wards are joined by Central Ward to form the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board.

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