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We want to hear what you think of the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy

 
This page contains information about the draft walking and cycling strategy and a summary of the main points in the Strategy.
Updated: 18/06/2018 3:32 p.m.

 

Would you like walking and cycling to become the main ways of getting around our District, a major part of our recreation, culture, sense of community and contributor to our health and wellbeing?

Would you like to see many more facilities for walking and cycling, mobility scooters, wheel chairs, prams and push chairs, skateboards and scooters?

If so, Whangārei’s draft Walking and Cycling Strategy for Whangārei District could be the plan for you.

An updated version of the strategy has been drafted and Council wants to hear what you think about it.

  • Are we heading in the right direction?
  • Do you like the vision laid out for the future?
  • Will finances and resources go into the right places if this update is adopted?
  • Do we need to delete anything, add anything, is there anything new you want us to consider?

The Strategy is available online and can be viewed on our Walking and Cycling page on our website (link below). You can flick through the colourful document and the bright maps showing plans for new routes and connections between existing routes. You can email a submission form to us, or fill in an online submission form (also can be found on the Walking and Cycling page).

Here’s a summary of the main points of the Strategy

This Strategy is all about connectivity – close to home, district-wide and ultimately nation-wide.

It starts with connections between the places people live and where they work so they can walk and cycle to work more often; connecting suburbs to the centre of tour District and to each other so people can get around more without using cars; connecting across the Northland region with Great and Heartland Rides.

The benefits of forming good walking and cycling routes, networking them and making them attractive and viable for commuters, is that they reduce road congestion, particularly at places like school gates. They can help to forge social connections between the people living at each end of these routes and every inbetween. The environment, economy and health of the community can all benefit.

This requires investment over time, so it is important to have a plan that says what to do first, how to do it, what’s next and what the big vision is to aim for. This Strategy provides Council, other funding agencies such as New Zealand Transport Agency, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and community organisations, with priorities and strategic direction for investment.

Being well organised helps to secure grants and funding. 

This Strategy also sets out the vision for a well-connected urban network of shared pathways, strategic tourism and recreational routes, including the development of rural Great and Heartland Rides that connect Whangārei with other districts.

The Strategy also commits to educating young people on how to stay safe when walking and cycling and providing lots of places and opportunities for this learning, including walking and cycling to school, in group events or in family outings. Most importantly, it aims to build parents’ confidence in the child’s skills and the environment that they will be walking and cycling in.

The situation now

We have made progress in developing our walking and cycling infrastructure and delivering educational and participation programmes like Bikes in Schools, including:

  • completing the Hātea Loop Shared Path
  • developing large parts of the Onerahi Shared Path
  • starting the Kamo Shared Path
  • supporting the Waipū Cycle and Walkway Trust to complete more
  • of the route from Waipū to Waipū Cove
  • Delivering the Bikes in Schools programme to 3,400 children in 15 Schools.

There are still things that we need to continue focussing on, including:

Our core urban routes 

We have not yet completed our core shared path routes in the Whangārei urban area. The Strategy recommends completing the main urban routes in our District and when they are finished, developing branches connecting them to schools, recreational areas and other places that people gather.

Key targets are completing the Kamo Route next winter, completing the State Highway One / Tarewa Road Crossing in the Raumanga Route by next winter and the section from Bernard Street to Maunu Road between 2021 and 2023.

It recommends completing the Onerahi Riverside Drive to Beach Road links by 2028, identifying and creating strategic pedestrian and cycle crossings of our arterial roads and State Highways to connect communities.

Our tourism and recreational routes 

There has been some development of tourism and recreational routes across the region but there is much yet to be completed. To achieve this the Strategy recommends:

  • completing the Ngunguru to Scows Landing section of the Northern Route
  • completing the Waipū to Waipū Cove and Langs Beach section of the Southern Route
  • identifying options and preparing a detailed business case and implementation plan for the Northern Route connecting Whangārei with the Twin Coast Great Ride
  • identifying options and preparing a detailed business case and implementation plan for the Southern Route, connecting Whangārei with Kaipara District.

Supporting infrastructure 

The Strategy says supporting infrastructure like rest stops, seating, toilets and secure storage facilities should be developed along routes and at destinations.

The focus should be on on:

  • installing secure bike storage facilities at key locations, including Kensington Park and other significant sports fields, within the City Centre and at other community hubs
  • working with major retail centres to develop secure bike storage areas for customers
  • encouraging businesses to provide bike storage areas, changing facilities and showers for their employees
  • including rest stops, seating and shaded areas at the design and tendering stages of new routes and pathways.

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