This page contains information about our strategy to promote cycling in the District and the projects currently underway.
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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 means that over $7 million will be spent on the contruction of the three new routes in our District.
Proposed Scow Landing to Ngunguru Cycleway
The Tutukaka Coast Residents and Ratepayers Association (TCR&R) and Tutukaka Cycleway Group are promoting a cycle route from Scow Landing (Memorial Bridge) to Ngunguru.
Grant funding by Whangarei District Council (WDC) has been approved for the 2017-2018 financial year for improvements necessary to build the cycle trail.
Several route options for a cycle trail network extending from Whangarei to the Bay of Islands are being considered by WDC and this section from Scow Landing to Ngunguru forms a key part of all options and would be an important first phase of the project.
It is envisaged that the proposed new 14km cycle trail would be built to New Zealand Cycle Trail (NZCT) standards with a view to possibly forming part of the national NZCT network as a “Heartland Ride” connecting with the Twin Coast Cycle Trail already established between Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour.
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.
New shared paths
The shared cycleways/walkways underway in our District include Kamo, Onerahi and Raumanga/Maunu.
Future shared cycleways/walkways are planned for Tikipunga/Glenbervie and Ngunguru.
For more information on the tracks currently under development, follow the links below.
Existing and Proposed Cycleways/Walkways Map [1mb]
Urban Cycleway Programme
Funding for our local projects 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.
Cycling is a key priority for the 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.
The Urban Cycleways Programme is designed to take full advantage of all available funding sources for 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.
Urban Cycleways Programme (NZTA Website) Opens in a new window.
Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy
Whangarei District Council adopted the Statement of Proposal and the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy for consultation at its meeting on 31 May 2018.
Submissions are sought from any person or organisation on the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy and should be received by Council no later than 5pm on 5 July 2018.
Read more about the Walking and Cycling Strategy and the submission process on the Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy page (link below):
Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy
Benefits of Cycling
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have invested a great deal of time and research into cycling in New Zealand. Their research shows there are many benefits to both riding a bike, and covers reasons why many councils, including ours, are partnering with NZTA to make New Zealand more bike 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)