This page contains information about the Waipu Cycleway being a finalist in the 'Bike to The Future Awards'.
14/09/2017 4:08 p.m.
The Waipu Cycling and Walkway Trust and WDC are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the NZTA's, Bike to The Future Awards.
The Bike to the Future Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and contribution to cycling from cycling champions across the country, as well as New Zealand’s best cycling projects.
Angela Stolwerk from the Waipu Cycling and Walkway Trust said that the project started in 2011 when a group of Waipu Primary School students identified a need for a safe accessible connection between Waipu and the Cove and made a successful submission for support.
“Council WDC originally funded $10,000 for a scoping report. Fast forward and after a further five years of community consultation and commitment the Council was able to contribute a further $105,000 in 2016.
“Since then, Trust volunteers have worked tirelessly to fundraise and complete stage 1 of the Cycle and Walkway and seeing it recognised in these NZTA awards is fantastic. The 2.5m wide, 2.5km long, trail from Waipu township to Waipu River Mouth (via Riverview Place), includes a new 32m bridge is just the first part of the project,” said Angela.
“Councillors Phil Halse and Stu Bell, and Council staff Greg Monteith and Nick Marshall have been our go to guys.
“The team behind this great project are outcome focused, actively solving problems by working with all stakeholders, sectors of the community and with Council.”
The cycleway was entered into the 'Taking Communities on the Journey’ award which covers excellence in communications or community engagement activities related to a cycling project that resulted in a community welcoming new infrastructure, either in the planning and/or implementation stages of the project.
“Being recognised for this award shows what a great project this is as it’s been entirely community driven; enabling delivery much earlier and at a lower cost than would otherwise have been possible. Beyond major sponsors, there is significant community funding and support; 1.5km land gifted, free labour and machinery to build the track,” Angela said.
The track is extremely popular and increased usage is expected when planned future stages complete the connection to Waipu Cove. http://waipucyclewalk.weebly.com/
The winners will be announced at the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress awards dinner in Christchurch on 19 October.