Walking and cycling facilities help make cities and towns more liveable and support tourism. During 2018–21 about $390 million will be invested in walking and cycling initiatives, which will extend networks across the country and improve connections to a range of transport choices. This will improve safety and accessibility, and make a significant contribution to the revitalisation of town and city centres.
Improvments will be made to walking and cycling facilities along state highway corridors up and down the country, as part of our state highway improvement programme. This includes landscaping, new bridges and underpasses to establish safe routes to encourage more people to walk or cycle.
The Transport Agency continues to support the addition of new connections and routes to the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Great Rides within the trail are popular destinations for recreational users, domestic visitors and international tourists alike. In addition to the public health benefits of increased cycling, the trail drives considerable economic activity and helps our regions to thrive.
There are a range of initiatives to increase the uptake of walking and cycling, particularly in and around schools. The national BikeReady programme, for example, provides people with the skills and experience they need to feel safe on our transport network, connecting school students and adult learners to training from professional instructors.