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.
A comprehensive urban cycling network and programme has been developed to increase the number of people who cycle, especially for short-distance trips to work, school or the shops. With 80% of residents living within 4km of the city centre, the city has good potential to achieve this goal.
The Urban Cycleways Fund will help deliver Te Tuaiwi (the spine) shared pathway and the City to North Mole shared pathway over the next three years.
Whanganui District Council will also complete the cycleway connection between the city and the Mountains to Sea cycle trail.
A new, separated 2.3km cycleway will link two existing cycleways, providing safer access to the inner city area, as well as several schools including Collegiate School, Wanganui Intermediate School and Wanganui City College. This will provide a safer route for these students, as well as the 4300 workers in the city centre.
The cycleway will provide a comfortable link for students to cycle to school, with around 3500 students within 500m of the route. It will also provide safe access for people to cycle to the city centre for work and shopping, avoiding busy intersections, driveways and parking spaces. The cycleway is expected to attract around 1000 people each day.
This separated cycleway will provide a 5km route through the Heads Road area which has around 4500 employees. It provides a riverside link to the city centre for the 11,000 residents of Gonville, Tawhero and Castlecliff, and is the final section of the Mountains to Sea cycle trail.
This project provides a safer off-road route for people to cycle to work in the Heads Road area, and for residents to cycle to the city centre. The connection offers an attractive commuting option and will revitalise and improve the liveability of the city. The cycleway is also a key component of the National Great Rides Mountains to Sea cycle trail, and will attract new users to the riverside off-road facility. The cycleway is expected to attract around 800 people each day.