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Richmond Deviation Cycleway provides 'missing link' for cyclists

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The opening of the new Richmond Deviation Cycleway today has completed a missing link for cyclists and pedestrians between Stoke and Richmond.

The cycleway was opened today by Tasman MP Chris Auchinvole, Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne, NZTA Regional Director Jenny Chetwynd and NZTA Highways and Network Operations Manager Craig Nicholson.

Mr Nicholson says the cycleway/shared pathway between the Railway Reserve pathway in the south and the Whakatu Drive pathway in the north provided the "missing link" that completes nearly 10km of dedicated off-road cycleway connecting Stoke to Richmond.

The 1.6km long and 3m wide asphalt-shared pathway will provide a safer passage for people by diverting them away from State Highway 6, which carries around 20,000 vehicles a day.

"By providing the missing link for cyclists, walkers, runners and prams alike between Richmond and Stoke, this cycleway has effectively brought Richmond and Stoke closer together."

"It provides safe, uninterrupted and pleasant access between the Railway Reserve in the south and Whakatu Drive in the north."

Mr Nicholson said the NZTA was particularly grateful to the Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, the Ministry of Economic Development, the NZ Cycle Trail Trust and other cycle groups, and the local community for their enthusiastic support of the project.

The cycleway also forms part of the Tasman Loop cycleway, which will be one of 18 Great Rides under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Tasman Loop Cycle Trail w will eventually connect Richmond, Mapua, Tapawera and Wakefield in a 175km loop.

The New Zealand Cycle Trail has been created to generate lasting economic, social and environmental benefits for New Zealand communities through the development of a network of world-class cycling experiences.

The NZTA began construction of the $700,000 cycleway in mid-January.

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