Cycling facilities accelerated by Urban Cycleways Programme
Thanks to the $100 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) announced by the Government last year, high-quality cycling projects are getting underway much sooner than may otherwise have been the case, accelerating the completion of New Zealand’s urban cycleways network.
The UCP is designed to take full advantage of all available funding sources, including local government and the National Land Transport Fund.
Two Central region projects were brought forward in the first round of projects announced by Transport Minister Simon Bridges in January:
Wainuomata to Hutt Valley
Work on the Wainuiomata project begins this month and is expected to be ready in 2017. Currently cyclists and pedestrians using the Wainuiomata Hill road are unprotected alongside high speed vehicle traffic, which poses a high crash risk. The project will significantly improve safety, giving Wainuiomata’s 16,000 residents more transport options.
Longburn to Palmerston North
Further north, the Minister’s announcement confirms funding for the Longburn to Palmerston North Shared Pathway in partnership with Palmerston North City Council and the Transport Agency. The shared pathway will provide a safe leisure and commuting route for both cyclists and pedestrians, and includes a bridge over the Mangaone Stream. Running along the northern side of State Highway 56 from Works Road in Longburn, it will link with the existing path within the City boundary on Pioneer Highway. This project is due to be completed by June this year.
The final projects under the UCP will be announced in June.
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