The National Cycling Programme supports optimising the Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) through taking a broader approach, including:
- working with our partners and communities to building safer networks in our main urban centres
- connecting our regions with safer routes
- promoting cycling, improving cycling education
- building mutual respect between all people using the transport network.
We have recently updated our investment approach and priorities for cycling for the next 10 years. This work takes into account the Transport Agency’s new strategic direction and opportunities for future programme development.
The National Cycling Programme reinforces the need for an ‘integrated approach’ with central and local government working together on:
- Building the network
- Engaging with communities
- Promoting cycling
- Encouraging people to share the road and pathways
To deliver this, the priorities for the 10-year National Cycling Programme that have been endorsed by the Transport Agency Board are:
- targeting the completion and promotion of strategic urban networks in our rapidly growing urban centres
- continuing to grow and connect safe urban cycling networks in our regional centres
- promoting economic development through the provision of safe on-road links between the New Zealand Cycle Trail Great Rides and other cycle trails
- encouraging increased cycling, including through Bikeshare schemes that are integrated with public transport networks and emerging Mobility as a Service platforms; and other supporting activities that maximise investment in cycling infrastructure, including engagement, education and promotional activities
- lifting the confidence and capability of cyclists, especially young cyclists entering the transport system for the first time.
This approach will be delivered through working with our partners on the development of the Long Term Strategic View and National Land Transport Programme.