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 both 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 helped deliver Te Tuaiwi (the spine) shared pathway and the City to North Mole shared pathway.
Whanganui District Council is also completing the cycleway connection between the city and the Mountains to Sea cycle trail.
The Te Tuaiwi (the spine) shared pathway links two existing cycleways, providing safer access to the inner-city area, as well as several schools. This provides a safer route for these students, as well as workers in the city centre.
The City to North Mole cycleway provides a 5km route through the Heads Road area which has around 4500 employees. It 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.