As well as focusing on the transport benefits of cycling, Whangarei has a strong focus on the contribution cycling can make to the health and wellbeing of its residents through increased physical activity. Its vision is for ‘a district where walking or cycling are easy, safe and enjoyable everywhere in the public domain, are the preferred means of access and are a lifestyle or tourist attraction’.
From 2015-2018 the Urban Cycleways Fund will accelerate the completion of the Kamo route flagship project, the final corridor in the primary cycle network.
Wider investment will also see the completion of the Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu routes. This cycling programme, which has a major focus on encouraging more children to safely cycle to school, will be supported by investment in cycle training and education.
This 6.5km off-road route will provide safer access to most of the schools in Whangarei, and will follow the existing rail corridor that runs north/south through the area.
It will also provide a connection for residential areas north of the city through to the Whangarei CBD, the Auckland University Campus, and off-road links to key recreational areas such as Kensington Park.
The Kamo route will complete the three primary routes of the Whangarei cycleway network. Working in partnership with Bike Northland and ‘Bikes in Schools’, this key infrastructure will encourage more children to cycle to school by providing safe access for over 5200 students who attend schools within 500m of the new facility. The route will separate cyclists from high-volume traffic and reduce pressure on State Highway 1 by providing an alternative off-road transport choice. This cycleway is expected to attract over 600 people a day.