The Tauranga urban cycle network comprises a number of commuter routes, 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.
The Urban Cycleways Fund focused on projects connecting the cycle network and completing the missing links, while also addressing safety issues, particularly at intersections. It also accelerated the Ōmokoroa to Tauranga cycle trail which is a priority for the region and provides a facility that can be used for recreation, tourism and commuter cycling.
The completion of the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty urban cycle network will help to provide a more balanced transport network that is better equipped to deal with Tauranga City’s expected growth. The linking up of existing cycle routes and provision of safer facilities on and off-road is likely to help grow demand by making cycling a safer and more attractive transport choice.
The infrastructure improvements will also encourage people to walk and cycle to work and school. When complete, the Tauranga urban cycle network is expected to attract a considerably increased number of cyclists.