In 2010 Hastings was selected as one of New Zealand’s two walking and cycling model communities. The result was the successful iWay programme which saw the construction of over 108 kilometres of new walking and cycling pathways. Supported by an encouragement campaign, iWay quickly became widely recognised as an innovative programme that reversed the trend of declining cycling rates.
Building on local experience and lessons learnt since 2010, the Hastings iWay programme will now be extended across Napier, developing a strong commuter cycling route between Napier and Hastings. Napier has a unique opportunity to create a largely off-road cycle network using drainage reserves that would transform cycling in the city.
Napier’s six-year programme of investment totalling around $6m will be delivered in four years using investment from the Urban Cycleways Fund. Hastings will further develop its existing network through resolving connectivity and safety issues. Similarly, their six year programme totalling around $5m will be delivered in four years using the Urban Cycleways Fund.
iWay Napier extension