In 2010 New Plymouth was selected as one of New Zealand’s two walking and cycling model communities. The result was the successful Let’s Go programme which has helped make walking and cycling safe and attractive options for residents and tourists. New Plymouth is now widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading cities for getting around on foot or by bike.
The Urban Cycleways Fund will help deliver an additional connection to the Coastal Walkway and improve a popular school cycling route.
Wider investment over the next three years will concentrate on encouragement and education, with the aim of maintaining high rates of active transport in schools, currently at 69%.
This project will improve the cycle lanes along Coronation Avenue, connecting the largest intermediate school into the existing cycle network and links to the CBD, high schools and residential areas.
These upgrades will provide a safer route for 1000 students in the area to cycle to school, and for people commuting into the CBD. The project is expected to attract around 200 people each day.
This 680m section of shared path will provide the missing link from the large industrial Bell Block area to the Coastal Walkway and the CBD. It will also connect into the Forgotten World Highway cycle trail, providing a link from rural New Plymouth to the CBD.
The Mangati pathway will provide a safer off-road route for 260 primary school students to cycle to school, and for Bell Block and rural New Plymouth residents to cycle to the CBD. The links to the Coastal Walkway and Forgotten World Highway cycle trail will also encourage recreational cycling in the area. This cycling project is expected to attract around 150 people each day.
The construction of the shared path began in February 2016 and was completed in March 2016.