This page contains information about the Kamo cycleway/walkway.
15/12/2015 7:40 a.m.
The Kamo cycleway/walkway is a shared 6.5 kilometer off-road route that will follow the existing railway corridor that runs north/south through the area. The route is designed to provide safer access to the centrally located schools in Whangarei, and provide a connection for residential areas north of the city through to the Whangarei CBD, the Auckland University Campus, and off-road links to key recreational areas such as Kensington Park.
This cycleway is expected to attract over 600 people a day.
Working in partnership with Bike Northland and Bikes in Schools, this key infrastructure will encourage more children to cycle to school by providing safe access for over 5,200 students who attend schools within 500 meters of the new facility. The route will separate cyclists from high-volume traffic and reduce pressure on State Highway 1 by providing an alternative off-road transport option.
The design and consultation of this cycle route will occur during 2015 - 2016. The construction is then expected to start in 2016 and be completed by mid 2018.
This Kamo route will complete the three primary routes of the Whangarei cycleway network - which include the new Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu routes.
Existing and Proposed Cycleways/Walkways Map [1mb]
Stages and development
Rust Avenue to Manse Street
The first stage of this track to be built is likely to be between Kamo Road and Manse Street.
Alexander Street to Kent Road
Discussions are underway with the Whangarei Boys High School to establish an easement through the school. This agreement would see Council take over the maintenance of the existing track, with further upgrades and attachments added.
Discussions have also taken place with KiwiRail and NZ Transport Agency to establish easements through the existing rail corridor.
In response to the growing awareness of the need to provide alternative methods of transport, in 2007 Council developed and adopted the Whangarei District Walking and Cycling Strategy.
In 2011 a review of the strategy looked at how projects could be implemented taking into account local and national priorities and projects. It was decided that the strategy would be implemented progressively, and achieved through projects and programmes included in our Long Term Plan and other regional and national projects.
In 2015 Council and Government announced that $4.81 million was to be invested into developing cycling routes in the District.
Further funding was made available from the Urban Cycleways Fund and the New Zealand Transport Agency’s National Land Transport Fund. This funding is part of a nationwide Urban Cycleways Programme which will see $296 million invested across 41 projects in 15 urban areas over the next three years to establish cycling as an integral part of the New Zealand transport network.
This means that over $7 million will be spent on the contruction of the three new routes in our District which include Kamo, Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu.
Council News Release: Funding Adds Kamo to Cycle Routes
To find out more about the Urban Cycleways Programme follow the link to the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website below.
Urban Cycleways Programme (NZTA website) Opens in a new window.
Walking and Cycling Strategy [1.87mb]