Heard of the Jellie Park cycling initiative? Staff haven’t either

CYCLING: Bridget Williams, chairwoman of the Jellie Park Bike Initiative Project.

Concerns have been raised over publicity of a cycling initiative at Jellie Park Sports and Recreation Centre.

Staff at the centre not knowing about the initiative at all, and a lack of advertising, has prompted the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board to ask city council staff investigate urgently.

The campaign to get less people driving to Jellie Park in a bid to clear the congested car park means if you cycle five times, you receive free pool entry and a bottle of water.

The Nor’West News reported in February that council staff said the initiative had a “small to moderate uptake”. 

It was recommended the programme be dropped. But a second campagin, running from now through summer, was called for by the board as it said a longer trial was necessary for a greater uptake. As well as being in warmer months when more people are likely to cycle.

It was previously suggested that the scheme would be rolled out across all city council sport and recreation centres.