The National Land Transport Programme for 2018–21 contains the walking and cycling initiatives that the Transport Agency will fund.

Investment is being targeted to extending existing cycling networks, providing connections to public transport hubs, improving safety and accessibility, and helping revitalise regional economies with new tourism opportunities.

There is a growing number of cyclists using our urban networks. Investment in cycling is responding to this increased demand with improvements being made to cycling facilities along state highway corridors up and down the country, as part of our state highway improvement programme.

Initiatives in urban centres will provide transport choice, improve connections to social and economic opportunities, ease congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health outcomes.

In partnership with councils, we are working on a wide range of walking, cycling and public transport initiatives to deliver an integrated transport system that provides people with a range of safe and reliable connections to key local destinations.

There is continued support for 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, driving considerable economic activity and helping our regions to thrive.