Passchendaele Memorial Path Official Opening

Published: 28-May-2018

It’s nearly time for the official opening of the cycle/walkway between Rangiora and Kaiapoi which is set for Saturday March 3 between 10am and 12pm - rain or shine. Bring your bike or walking shoes and join us in celebrating with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before trying out the new path.

Family riding along cycle pathThe first sods were turned by Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey, Freddy Declerck from Zonnebeke, Belgium and Mayor David Ayers on 18 September last year. Since then Schick Construction set to work and have quickly established the new path. There are just a few finishing touches being made before the official opening on March 3.

Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey and NZTA’s Regional Director Jim Harland will join Mayor David Ayers at the ribbon cutting, who is excited about the cycling opportunities this new facility will create. “This cycleway has been on the horizon for a long time and it’s very pleasing to see its completion. Our residents have been telling me how much they’ve been looking forward to it opening and how much they will enjoy using it” says David.

The opening event will include a $1,000 bike voucher giveaway – Everyone who comes along is eligible for the draw. Go to the registration desk before 10.30am to register and get your ticket. The winner will be announced at approximately 10.30am. There will be spot prizes, and ice creams and coffee will be available for purchase on the day. The opening ceremony will be held near the Mafeking Bridge near Smith Street, at the start of the new cycleway.

The Passchendadele Memorial Path was named in memory of the fallen of the disastrous First World War battle of Passchendaele 1917. The 100 day battle on the western front was the biggest tragedy in New Zealand military history, with 845 New Zealanders losing their lives on the day of the attack.  Waimakariri has a special link to the battle, being twinned with the Belgian municipality of Zonnebeke, which includes the Passchendaele battlefield.

The new path begins at the Mafeking Footbridge near Smith Street and follows the Kaiapoi River stop-bank before passing beneath the rail bridge. The off-road, fully sealed path runs alongside Lineside Road on the western side of the railway line. The northern end of the cycleway connects into existing on-road facilities at Southbrook in Rangiora.

The Passchendaele Memorial Path is part of the New Zealand Government Urban Cycleways Programme, delivered by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Waimakariri District Council. The Woodend-Rangiora Cycle Path is under construction and is due to open in late April.

The Urban Cycleways Programme is the single biggest investment in cycling in New Zealand’s history, designed to build the best cycling network for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Map showing location of event