Community Board Presses Pause on Peraki Street

The Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board have recommended that the Council delay construction of the Peraki Street portion of the Belfast to Kaiapoi Cycleway after objections were raised by local residents.

Cyclist uses painted cycleway.
Residents of Peraki Street in Kaiapoi have raised concerns over a planned cycleway.

Council staff held a street meeting on Monday 3 August to hear their concerns, which included the loss of some car parks, narrowing the street, access for emergency vehicles and not being made aware of the cycleway – despite letters being sent to all residents along the proposed route.

Board Chair, Chris Greengrass said the Board were listening and thanked the Peraki Street residents for coming forward with their concerns.

“Local democracy works best when the community clearly tells us what they want and so it’s appropriate that we press pause on this project and see if we can work with the residents to find a solution that will benefit everyone.”

Further consultation will now take place with people who live along the street to see if their concerns can be addressed through changes to the design and layout of the cycleway.

A small working group will be formed to look at the options and will include Peraki Street residents, Board members, cyclists and Council staff.

If no agreeable solution is found, it’s possible that the Peraki Street section of the cycleway will be shelved and the attached NZTA funding allocated to cycleway projects elsewhere in the District.

The Belfast to Kaiapoi Cycleway was designed to make it easier for people on bikes to safely commute between the Waimakariri District and Christchurch. The route runs through Kaiapoi from a new clip-on cycle lane on the Waimakariri Bridge to the Passchendaele Memorial Path which links to Rangiora. It includes safety improvements such as the installation of traffic lights at the Tram Road/Main North Road intersection and is hoped to be opened in late 2020.

In other matters, the Board also approved several new Metro bus stop for Kaiapoi, including Barnard, Smith and Fuller Streets, and a $500 discretionary grant was awarded to All Together Kaiapoi to help host their annual Kaiapoi Spring Festival.

The meeting audio was livestreamed and can be listened to here. The next Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board meeting will take place at 5pm on Monday 21 September.