Unrepaired section of Summit Rd reopens for use

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

“Another stretch of the Summit Rd has reopened in time for cyclists, joggers and walkers to enjoy during the summer holidays. The 1.2-kilometre section of road from the Bridle Path Track to the Mt Pleasant saddle reopened to recreational users yesterday. This extends the 3.4km section of Summit Rd from the Rapaki Track to the Bridle Track that reopened to cyclists, joggers and walkers in July. “People love this area for its natural beauty and stunning views and we’re delighted the hard work of contractors and staff means they can return this summer,” Christchurch City Council parks unit manager Andrew Rutledge said….

For more see this Stuff article.

In our personal opinion the Summit Rd between the top of Evans Pass and Dyers Pass is one of the best cycling roads anywhere, because of its stunning views and low volume of motorised traffic throughout.  There is now no motorised traffic from just west of the intersection with Mt. Pleasant Rd to the top of the Bridle Path between Heathcote and Lyttelton.  There is a significant amount of hill climbing.  If travelling from Sumner the initial climb up Evans Pass to the first summit is over 400m, with the first half being the steepest.