In August 2014, the government announced the $100 million Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). This led to the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) being implemented from late 2014 to June 2018. The programme provides increased investment to accelerate the delivery of cycling networks in our main urban centres, and incentivises our partners to increase their investment in cycling and walking projects.
Together with investment from local councils and the National Land Transport Fund, the 2015–18 projects provide a total of $333 million to expand and improve New Zealand’s cycling network.
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’.
Cycling in Auckland will be a key contributor to improving travel options and increasing reliability across the transport network. With a focus on liveability and sustainability, Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working together to create a future where anyone can feel comfortable riding a bike.
Ensuring people have choices about how they get around and have access to good cycling networks are priorities for Hamilton, with significant prior investment having already been made in high quality cycling facilities. These facilities have been transformational and now form part of Hamilton’s primary cycling network.
Cycling is a critical component of Rotorua’s economic development with The Redwoods and Whakarewarewa mountain bike trails attracting around 200,000 visitors each year. Rotorua has already invested in a number of on-road cycle facilities and shared paths connecting key routes.
The Tauranga urban cycle network comprises 10 commuter routes totalling 150km, and a wider network of recreational connections and routes. The aim of the cycling programme is to provide a safer and more connected cycle network for the people of Tauranga leading to improved transport choices and an increase in the number of cycle trips, especially to school and to work.
Cycling in Gisborne contributes to improving transport options, particularly for those without a vehicle, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, and improving health, economic and social outcomes.
Over the next three years the Gisborne District Council, together with Taira- whiti Roads and the NZ Transport Agency, will further develop a dedicated walking and cycling network around and across Gisborne that provides safe connections between schools, recreation areas, business centres and residential areas.
In 2010 New Plymouth was selected as one of New Zealand’s two walking and cycling model communities. The result was the successful Let’s Go programme which has helped make walking and cycling safe and attractive options for residents and tourists. New Plymouth is now widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading cities for getting around on foot or by bike.
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.
Cycling in Whanganui contributes to improving transport options, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, improving health, economic and social outcomes and city liveability. A good quality cycle network is a key attraction for the district benefiting the residents and visitors.
Cycling in Palmerston North contributes to improving transport options, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, improving health, economic and social outcomes and city liveability.
Since 2006, the number of people commuting by bike in the capital has almost doubled.
In recognition of the key role that active modes, including cycling, have in ensuring sustainable growth and improving the liveability of the city, Wellington will be focusing on giving people more transport choices for their journeys.
Nelson has the highest percentage of people walking and cycling to work in New Zealand (18%, 2013 census) – a reflection of both ongoing commitment to investing in their walking and cycling network and a bike-friendly climate. The provision of good quality, well-located cycling facilities has also resulted in over 60% of students at Broadgreen Intermediate School in Stoke regularly cycling to school.
Cycling in Blenheim contributes to improving transport options, providing a more efficient and integrated transport network, improving health, economic and social outcomes and liveability.
With assistance from Bike Walk Marlborough and Marlborough Roads, Marlborough District Council is developing a safe, convenient and integrated network to encourage more people to choose walking and cycling as an active and healthy way to get around.
Christchurch has a strong commitment to generating a significant modal shift to cycling through its Major Cycleway programme. This programme is planned to provide an extensive and connected cycleway network comprising 13 major cycleways through the city at a total cost of approximately $156m over the next seven years, with local cycleways providing access to the major routes.
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.