This 6.52km off-road shared path between the Upper Hutt CBD and Silverstream will link the urban area north of Upper Hutt with a number of schools, shopping centres and major employment areas.
This project will provide a safer and more attractive option for over 3500 students to cycle to a number of schools in the area. With off-road access to shopping centres and employment areas, there is likely to be an increased number of people choosing to commute by bike, especially those who currently lack confidence to cycle on the road. It will also provide cycle access to rail stations, improving the connectivity of the cycle network and public transport through the city. This cycling project is expected to attract over 250 people each day.
Improvements will be made to a 16km off-road shared path along the length of the Hutt Valley. This direct route is the primary off-road link between the upper and lower Hutt Valley, and forms part of the Rimutaka rail trail. It also provides access to the CBD, a number of schools and the Whakatiki Street industrial and commercial area.
This route provides a safer link between Te Marua and the central area of Upper Hutt that is separated from the 80km/h section of State Highway 2. Improvements along this route will encourage more people to cycle to work and school, with over 3900 students within 500m of this shared path. It will also encourage more recreational use of the Rimutaka rail trail and help support economic growth in the area by encouraging more trail users to visit Upper Hutt. This cycling project is expected to attract around 350 people each day.