Today in Transportation History – 2006: A New Way to Bike and Hike New Zealand’s South Island Coast

On the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a new section of a cycling and walking trail was opened between the towns of Prebbleton and Lincoln. This section, an off-road asphalt pathway measuring approximately four miles (7.7 kilometers) in length, is a part of the Little River Rail Trail. The dedication ceremony for the trail’s Prebbleton-Lincoln section took place at Lincoln Primary School. Michael McEvedy, mayor of the Selwyn District (the second-tier local government unit for that region of New Zealand), formally inaugurated this section six months after the Little River Rail Trail’s initial segment between Motukarara and Catons Bay Reserve had made its debut.

The Little River Rail Trail has been constructed along the track bed of the one-time Little River Branch railway, which was a part of New Zealand’s national rail system from 1886 to 1962. Nearly three years after the section of the trail between Prebbleton and Lincoln was opened, a third portion – covering about two miles (3.6 kilometers) between Prebbleton and the Christchurch suburb of Hornby – was inaugurated. The Little River Rail Trail was given an award as the best cycle facility project in New Zealand by the Wellington-based group Cycling Advocates’ Network.

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