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.
The Urban Cycleways Fund has delivered an additional connection to the Coastal Walkway and improved a popular school cycling route.
These upgrades have provided safer off-road routes for students in the area to cycle to school, and for rural New Plymouth residents to cycle to the CBD. The links to the Coastal Walkway and Forgotten World Highway cycle trail will encourage recreational cycling in the area.