Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw and Nelson City Mayor Rachel Reese cut the ribbon and officially opened Nelson’s Maitai to Rocks Road shared path this morning (Sunday, 30 September). Officials were joined by contractors, cyclists and local business people, with almost everyone taking the chance to cycle along the new path back into Nelson’s CBD.
“Safe, separated paths like this one give people more freedom to walk and cycle around their city without having to worry about traffic. I’m excited to see this important link in Nelson’s cycling network completed,” says Acting Associate Minister Shaw.
The Maitai to Rocks Road shared path is the result of joint collaboration between the Nelson City Council and NZ Transport Agency. The council investigated, consulted with the community and recommended an option for an improved cycle facility between the Maitai River and Rocks Road. A primary aim was to meet the needs of those interested in cycling but concerned about safety. The project was funded by the Urban Cycleways Programme and built by the Transport Agency.
“It’s fantastic to see our vision for the path become reality. I want to thank all those affected during the construction for their cooperation and patience while this important piece of infrastructure was built. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to get on their bike and enjoy it,” says Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese.