Rangiora Woodend Pathway All But Finished

Published: 07-May-2018

It’s time to pump up those tyres and tie the shoelaces with completion of Waimakariri Districts second cycle and walkway just around the corner. Contractors are applying the finishing touches to the Rangiora Woodend Pathway over the next few weeks and an official opening is planned for mid-June.

The Passchendaele Memorial Path has proved to be hugely popular since its opening in March this year, and the Rangiora Woodend Path is expected to be just as successful. The local community has shown it’s enthusiasm with keen bikers and walkers already using the nearly finished facility.

The remaining work includes final asphalting, crossing points at each end, installation of signage, path markings and the last of the grass seeding.

Council’s Roading Manager Ken Stevenson says “This is a great milestone for the Woodend and Rangiora communities. There has been a demand for improved cycling and walking facilities between the two townships for a long time and it’s exciting that it’s nearly completed.”

Following recent wet weather, it was unfortunate however to see deep wheel marks in newly established berms. “During and after wet periods the berms will be soft. We’re urging motorists to avoid driving on them until they firm up and the grass seed strikes,” says Ken.

All road users and residents are reminded that the path should be treated like any other footpath or shared path where drivers are required to give way to pedestrians and cyclists. It’s also an unsuitable surface for vehicles and large machinery. Cyclists have right of way over entrances to properties, but do need to give way at the Tuahiwi Road and Boys Road intersection. The Council asks all users to take extra care around driveways.

The road surface is to be reinstated behind the new kerb and channel at the intersection of Rangiora Woodend Road and Boys Road.  While this work is underway there will be no exit from Tuahiwi Road into Boys Road and no entry to Boys Road from Rangiora Woodend Road. More details will be provided following confirmation of timing from the contractor.

The Rangiora Woodend Path and the Passchendaele Memorial Path are part of the New Zealand Government Urban Cycleways Programme, delivered by the NZ Transport Agency and the Council. Details of the opening will be released soon.