First look: Quarrymans Trail Stage 2

As mentioned recently, the final section of the Quarryman’s Trail, from Hoon Hay to Halswell (3.5 km), is now completely open. We previously provided an overview of the first stage of the cycleway, so it’s time to provide a preview of what the next stage looks like (we’ll look at it heading towards town – click on any figures to enlarge).

The final section of the cycleway route (new signals circled in red)

We begin our journey at Te Hapua, the Halswell Community Centre on SH75 Halswell Rd. The cycleway begins as a two-way shared path heading north towards town alongside the road.

Start/end of the line at Te Hapua
A shared path follows Halswell Rd

The cycleway then turns into Halswell Domain and winds past the playing fields and miniature railway towards Halswell on the Park.

Time to leave the road corridor and head for the Domain
Shared path through Halswell Domain

Once through the Domain, the cycleway route crosses over William Brittan Ave into James Hight Drive where a 30km/h neighbourhood greenway starts.

Crossing the drain bridge towards William Brittan Avenue
The start of the neighbourhood greenway

James Hight Drive is already relatively quiet and additional speed humps ensure that the speeds stay low.

Sharrows and humps along the neighbourhood greenway
At the end of the greenway, the cycleway resumes on a path

Back onto a shared path, the cycleway swings around onto Milns Rd and then crosses over into the drainage reserve leading to Sparks Rd.

Crossing Milns Rd into the drainage reserve
Shared path through the drainage reserve

At Sparks Rd, a new signalised intersection allows people to cross over to the other side of the road. There the two-way shared path continues along Sparks Rd towards town.

Crossing Sparks Rd by traffic signals
Cycleway along Sparks Rd

At Hendersons Rd, there is a new signalised intersection to help get the cycleway across the intersection.

Approaching the Hendersons Rd intersection from the south
Approaching the Hendersons Rd intersection from the north

The cycleway then continues as a separated cycleway to the urban boundary on Sparks Rd near Victors Rd in Hoon Hay.

Separated cycleway along Sparks Rd
Back into town for Stage 1 of the cycleway

From here the route continues via the rest of the Quarryman’s Trail through Hoon Hay and Spreydon, allowing a safe cycling route all the way from Halswell to town.

Have you ridden on the new part of the Quarryman’s Trail yet?

5 thoughts on “First look: Quarrymans Trail Stage 2”

  1. Stage 3 : Link to Halswell Quarry and Old Tai Tapu Road.
    Stage 4: Then a link up to the Motukarara Rail Trail via Tai Tapu or Cossars/Macartneys Roads

    1. These sound like excellent ideas, but I think a direct connection between Halswell and Prebbleton and the Prebbleton section of the Little River Trail (LRT) would also be an easy win. It would also make the cycle network more resilient. If, for example, there is a problem on the LRT between Prebbleton and the CBD, there will be an easy detour for many people.

  2. It’s a shame that they always seem to design these cycleways as a single route only, with no regard to what else they could connect to – the roads are a network, not a collection of single routes. By continuing a couple of hundred metres down Sparks Road they could have provided a safe route for people going on to the quarry and Cashmere Road. Same at Barrington Mall: it comes close, but you still have to cross very busy roads to get there. They need to help these routes to connect to places that people actually go, within a network, if they are to actually improve cycling as a mode of everyday transport.

    1. Agree. Those two destinations would really add a lot of value. It would also be good to get it connected up to the Little River Trail around Prebbleton as a decent number of people already commute in and out of Lincoln by bike and with more and more e-bikes and more and more subdivisions out that way, a link would get a lot of bike traffic

      The wetland area off the Quarrymans track on Sparks road is a nice place to spend time and there is a really good skatepark in Halswell domain – my son and his friends scooter from Hoon Hay down the Quarrymans happily to get to it.

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