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Car parking could make way for cycle lanes

Victoria Stevens
Waimairi Rd Plan
If approved, the proposed cycle lanes on Waimairi Rd would be installed early next year.  Christchurch City Council (Supplied)

City council proposes plan for cycle lanes on Waimairi rd, which would remove on-street parking.

The Christchurch City Council has proposed a plan for on-road cycle lanes on Waimairi Rd to be installed early next year.

This comes after four crashes involving a cyclist in the area since 2011, two resulting in injury.

Parking spaces on the east side of Waimairi Rd between Peer St and Dovedale Ave, on the west side of the road between 135 and 195 Waimairi Rd, and a small section outside 168 Waimairi Rd would be removed to provide the space. 

The council has also proposed 120-minute parking restrictions between on the eastern side of Waimairi Rd. This would apply from 8am to 6pm, Monday-Friday, between March and November. 

A University of Canterbury student said removing on-street parking would add to the time she wasted circling the university to find a park.

The Waipuna-Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board has the final decision on the parking restrictions. It will then make a recommendation to the council, which will make a decision on the proposed cycle lanes.