In August 2014, the government announced the $100 million Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). This led to the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) being implemented from late 2014 to June 2018. The programme provides increased investment to accelerate the delivery of cycling networks in our main urban centres, and incentivises our partners to increase their investment in cycling and walking projects.
Together with investment from local councils and the National Land Transport Fund, the 2015–18 projects provide a total of $333 million to expand and improve New Zealand’s cycling network.
Since 2006, the number of people commuting by bike in the capital has almost doubled.
In recognition of the key role that active modes, including cycling, have in ensuring sustainable growth and improving the liveability of the city, Wellington will be focusing on giving people more transport choices for their journeys.
Nelson has the highest percentage of people walking and cycling to work in New Zealand (18%, 2013 census) – a reflection of both ongoing commitment to investing in their walking and cycling network and a bike-friendly climate. The provision of good quality, well-located cycling facilities has also resulted in over 60% of students at Broadgreen Intermediate School in Stoke regularly cycling to school.
Cycling in Blenheim contributes to improving transport options, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, improving health, economic and social outcomes and liveability.
With assistance from Bike Walk Marlborough and Marlborough Roads, Marlborough District Council is developing a safe, convenient and integrated network to encourage more people to choose walking and cycling as an active and healthy way to get around.
Christchurch has a strong commitment to generating a significant modal shift to cycling through its Major Cycleway programme. This programme is planned to provide an extensive and connected cycleway network comprising 13 major cycleways through the city at a total cost of approximately $156m over the next seven years, with local cycleways providing access to the major routes.
Cycling in Dunedin contributes to improving transport options, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, improving health, economic and social outcomes and city liveability.
The Urban Cycleways Fund, subject to council approval, will help to accelerate the City to Harbour Bridge and the Central City and North East Valley cycle network.