The Onerahi cycleway/walkway is a shared 6 kilometer off-road route that will connect Onerahi to the Hatea Loop Walkway and Whangarei’s CBD.
The route is designed around the upgrade of the existing Boswell track (Waimahanga Walkway) to connect to the completed section of concrete walkway on Beach Road, as well as a new track alongside Riverside Drive.
The development of this track will also include:
Replacement of the Boswell track bridges
New pedestrian bridges adjacent to the Riverside Drive bridges
Building an embankment along Riverside Drive.
Construction on the project began in 2014.
This Onerahi route will complete the three primary routes of the Whangarei cycleway network - which include the new Kamo and Raumanga/Maunu routes.
Existing and Proposed Cycleways/Walkways Map [1mb]
Beach Road (Kaiwaka Point) to Boswell (Waimahanga) Track
Work has been completed on the 1.4 kilometer long concrete path from Kaiwaka Point (Beach Road) to the end of Boswell (Waimahanga) Track.
Boswell Track (Waimahanga Walkway)
Work will begin in early 2016 on the replacement of the two Boswell Track bridges.
Public consultation has been ongoing in regards to whether the Boswell Track should be concreted or upgraded as part of the project.
The Riverside Drive section will take several years to complete, because soil brought in to widen embankments will need to settle before the three new pedestrian bridges, adjacent to the existing road bridges, can be built.
This section will be broken into two stage.
Stage 1: 1.5 kilometers of the 3.5 meter-wide concrete cycleway/walkway will be completed, plus 0.5 kilometer of gravelled pathways in the leadup to the existing clip-on bridges (which will remain open for use). Work will start on this stage in late 2015.
Stage 2: The remaining bridge approaches will be concreted and three new pedestrian bridges will be built alongside the existing bridges.
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.
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]
Further funding will be applied for in the 2018-2021 funding cycle to complete this project.