Benefits of Cycling
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and other government agencies have invested a great deal of time and research into walking and cycling in New Zealand.
Their research shows there are many benefits to both walking and cycling, and covers reasons why many councils, including ours, are partnering with NZTA to make New Zealand more bike and pedestrian friendly.
The key benefits include:
- creating more liveable towns and cities
- improving conditions for travelling within towns and cities
- creating stronger local economies
- reducing costs for councils
- having less impact on the environment, and
- producing healthier and more productive people.
For more information about the key benefits of investing in cycling, for councils, communities and individuals, follow the links below to the NZTA website.
Benefits of Investing in Cycling (NZTA website)
Benefits of Investing in Cycling [1.5mb]
Shared Path Networks
Council, in partnership with NZTA and other funding agencies are developing a shared path network through our urban areas, with the Kamo Shared Path currently being constructed.
The shared path network connects our main residential areas with the Central Business District (CBD) and other places people frequent, like shopping centres, sports fields and schools.
The shared path network provides a safe, off-road option for recreational and commuter cycling and walking.
As the name implies, these pathways are designed to be shared between cyclists, pedestrians and mobility scooters.
The development of shared paths creates safe and direct routes around the district, help to reduce congestion and make our district a greener, healthier and better place to live.
The shared paths that are currently underway in our district include:
- Raumanga / Maunu
Future shared paths are planned for Tikipunga and Limeburners / Otaika. We are also developing rural cycleways connecting Whangarei with Ngunguru and Whananaki in the north, and Ruakaka and Waipu Cove in the south.
The Urban Shared Path Programme is designed to take full advantage of all available funding sources, including the National Land Transport Fund and local government, to enable high-quality cycleway projects to start much sooner than may otherwise have been the case.
To find out more about the Urban Cycleways Programme you can visit the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) website (link below).
Urban Cycleways Programme (NZTA Website)
You can also view further information about the shared paths currently under development by following the links below.
Existing and Proposed Shared Paths Map [1mb]
Kamo Shared Path
Onerahi Shared Path
Raumanga/Maunu Shared Path
Walking and Cycling Strategy
Council adopted its Walking and Cycling Strategy 2018 at its meeting on 25 October 2018.
The adoption of the Strategy is the culmination of an extensive review and community engagement process.
The Walking and Cycling Strategy provides:
- the framework and priorities for the development of a connected urban walking and cycling network;
- increasing participation in walking and cycling, both for recreation and active commuting; and
- for the development of rural cycling routes that enable our communities to leverage economic benefit from the growing cycle-tourism market.
Follow the link below to read information about the strategy.
Walking and Cycling Strategy
Developing Cycling Routes
In addition to our urban network, Council is working toward the development of a rural tourism and recreational network that connects iconic experiences in Whangarei and Northland.
Council is currently seeking funding to develop these routes.
Whangarei to Whananaki Cycleway
The Whangarei to Whananaki Cycleway takes advantage of Whangarei District's stunning coastal areas and small coastal communities. The proposed route compliments the existing Te Araroa – New Zealand's Trail.
The route also incorporates the route from Scow Landing (Memorial Bridge) to Ngunguru, which is supported and promoted by the Tutukaka Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (TCR&R) and Tutukaka Cycleway Group.
This portion of the route is now known as the Ngunguru Old Coach Trail.
Whangarei to Waipu Cove
The Whangarei to Waipu Cove Route incorporates the existing Waipu to Waipu Cove Walkway, that is supported by the Waipu community, including the Waipu Walkway and Cycleway Trust.
The route will eventually provide a continuous cycleway connecting Whangarei with Auckland, via Mangawhai, Lang Beach, Waipu and Ruakaka.
Council is currently seeking funding for the development of this route, and is in the early stages of route selection.
The Whangarei Heads route will connect Whangarei with our harbour communities and outstanding landscapes and walkways.
The proposed route includes the initial development of a connection from Parua Bay to Mcleod Bay, which is supported by the local community and the Whangarei Heads Cycleway/Walkway Group.
Funding for this route is currently being sought. Some sections, including from Parua Bay to Mcleod Bay have been developed through the concept stage by the local community.
More information on the New Zealand Cycle Trail can be found on their website.
New Zealand Cycle Trail
The project is at an early stage and the next phase will involve consultation with affected parties. This phase of consultation is focused only on the Scow landing to Ngunguru proposed cycle way.
Urban Cycleway Programme
Funding for our local projects is part of a nationwide Urban Cycleways Programme which has seen $350 million invested into over 40 routes in 15 urban areas.
Government continues to invest in cycling infrastructure to establish cycling as an integral part of the New Zealand transport network.
Council has committed over $8m for local projects over the next three years.
Cycling is a key priority for the government and the NZ Transport Agency.
Getting more New Zealanders cycling will connect people with a greater range of employment, education and social opportunities and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future for our transport network.
The NZ Transport Agency anticipates the total investment in cycling in New Zealand over the next three years will be around $380 million to $400 million, delivering more than 250km of new urban cycleways and greater network connectivity.
For further information about walks in the district and other projects underway in Whangarei City, select from the links below.