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Gearing up in cycling

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Some people say that cycling is the new golf. There are around 250,000 new cycles imported into the country every year, a 100,000 more per year than a decade ago.

New Zealand's favourite place to cycle

Cycling is rapidly gaining in popularity and is now the fastest growing mode of transport in Auckland and several other cities and towns across New Zealand.

Cycling is an integral part of New Zealand’s land transport system and plays an important role in optimising the overall land transport network.

Cycling helps make our towns and cities great places to live. We get fitter and healthier when we bike and it takes pressure off other transport routes.

Recognising the contribution cycling makes to the total transport network, the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015-18 has increased the funding range for walking and cycling activities.

The government also recently announced $100 million in new funding for cycling through the Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). This will speed up the completion of connected urban cycle networks over the next four years. 

It also builds on the significant investments already being made in cycling, including through the model communities in Hastings and New Plymouth, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network and other roading projects, including the Roads of National Significance.

Here at the Transport Agency we are gearing up our focus on cycling to help us fulfil our role as a total transport provider. We’ve established a core cycling team working across the Agency to support our increased commitment which will enable us to:

  • deliver solutions faster and more effectively through partnerships and by streamlining planning processes and procurement practices
  • better respond to growing political and public interest in improving cycle safety, including leading implementation of recommendations in the recent New Zealand Cycling Safety Panel’s report
  • support the newly established UCF and get the most out of investment opportunities over the next three years, including realising the untapped potential of cycling to help optimise transport networks.

We’re developing an ‘innovative programme approach’ which will include investment infrastructure, and user behaviour initiatives in partnership with councils and the wider sector which will provide cross-sector leadership and balance the needs of cyclists with other network users through:

  • guidance and standards
  • collaborative planning and investment
  • effective delivery to maximise benefits sooner.

By working closely across the Transport Agency and with our sector partners, we can deliver more for cycling in New Zealand through a customer journey, one network, partnership approach that will encourage more New Zealanders to ride more often and more safely.

For more information visit the website(external link).

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