Clock is tick­ing on Ti­tahi Bay cy­cle­way

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - KRIS DANDO

A planned $1 mil­lion cy­cle­way be­tween Ti­tahi Bay and Porirua’s CBD needs to be built in the next 10 months or the lion’s share of fund­ing could be lost.

Porirua City Coun­cil will con­trib­ute $368,000 and NZ Trans­port Agency $702,000 to­wards a 2.6-me­tre wide path­way that is to be shared by pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists and built on the har­bour side of Ti­tahi Bay Rd.

At a public meet­ing at Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate on Wed­nes­day night, at­tended by about 30 peo­ple, coun­cil of­fi­cers Chris­tine Foster, Ron Lucas and Wendy Barry out­lined the de­sign op­tions.

Lucas said it was im­por­tant to get the wheels turn­ing.

‘‘We have a nar­row time­frame here - it needs to be built by June next year be­cause that’s when we have the NZTA fund­ing un­til.

‘‘We’re sure us­age of Ti­tahi Bay Rd will blos­som once it’s built.’’

The four de­sign op­tions in­clude fit­ting the path­way into the ex­ist­ing road, nar­row­ing the lanes for mo­torists and keep­ing the speed at 70kmh, nar­row­ing the lanes and low­er­ing the speed to 50kmh, or ex­tend­ing the path­way into the har­bour.

There was al­most unan­i­mous sup­port from the meet­ing’s at­ten­dees to have the speed limit low­ered to 50kmh, but opin­ions on other de­sign op­tions var­ied.

An ex­tra pedes­trian cross­ing, ac­cess to the beach, ero­sion prob­lems and whether to have a rock wall in­stalled were just some of the is­sues raised by the coun­cil of­fi­cers and dis­cussed by res­i­dents at the meet­ing.

Foster said the ‘‘spe­cial coastal val­ues’’ of Porirua Har­bour would be en­croached upon by the path­way, so all feed­back needed to take this into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Barry said con­sul­ta­tion would be car­ried out with Porirua school­child­ren, Ngati Toa, waka ama clubs and other po­ten­tial users.

‘‘We need the com­mu­nity to be well heard on this,’’ she said.

One res­i­dent said cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans should not share the path­way be­cause New Zealand cy­clists were more ag­gres­sive than over­seas ones.

The public has un­til Septem­ber 9 to make com­ment. Go to pcc.govt.nz and search Ti­tahi Bay Shared Path­way.

Email the feed­back form or your com­ments to: Rlu­cas@pcc.govt.nz

Ti­tahi Bay’s planned cy­cle­way needs to be built in the next 10 months.

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