This page contains information about the Kamo cycleway/walkway.
26/01/2018 3:31 p.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]
Here is an update on the programme's several stages:
Stage 1 - Rust Avenue to Cross Street
The civil engineering work is 95 percent complete. Fencing at the Whangarei Club will be completed by the end of January. Railway signalling will be done by the KiwiRail contractor late in March and planting will be done in autumn plus winter.
Stage 2 - Cross Street to Kamo Road
Clearing the route along the eastern side of the railway line has begun. The Cross Street to Wrack Street section should be completed by June 2018 and the Wrack Street to Kamo Road section will start in July 2018.
Stage 3 - Kamo Road to Jack Street
The design is done and has been sent to KiwiRail for feedback. Physical work will be done late this year into early 2019.
Stage 4 - Adams Place to Fisher Terrace
The design is almost complete, the preliminary design of the underpass has been done and sent to KiwiRail for feedback. Construction likely to take place during Labour weekend this year.
Stage 5 - Fisher Terrace to Kamo village
The design of the future extension is being scoped out now.
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]