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.
Wider investment is also planned for high quality cycle facilities along State Highway 1, and further development of the Harbour Circuit including the completion of the State Highway 88 shared path and Portobello Road shared path. Dunedin City Council will also be developing its South Dunedin cycle network and complementing all infrastructure improvements with cycle education and promotion.
These routes will provide a safe and appealing cycling option for everyday activities in Dunedin as well as for visitors to the city.
This project will comprise one of the most significant components of cycle infrastructure in Dunedin, providing links to key destinations including Otago University and Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin Hospital and Dunedin CBD. It will also provide connections to the State Highway 1 cycleway being constructed by the NZ Transport Agency in partnership with Dunedin City Council. This project potentially includes a bridge over the railway and heavy traffic bypass to the port, linking the harbour circuit to the central city and North East Valley cycle network as well as the South Dunedin cycle network.
The City to Harbour Bridge will form the crux of Dunedin’s cycle network, enabling safer cross town connections, including easy access to the harbour from the central city and vice versa. Dunedin is expecting significant growth in the number of people who travel by bike and estimate up to 2000 people a day will cycle across the bridge within five years of its completion. 3700 school students and 30,000 tertiary students attend educational facilities within 500m of the cycle corridor.