Views sought on Tahu­nanui cy­cle­way

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - HAN­NAH BARTLETT

Nelson city coun­cil­lor Mike Rut­ledge is urg­ing res­i­dents to have their say on the pro­posed Tahu­nanui cy­cle­way.

Route op­tions to link ex­ist­ing shared cy­cle­ways at the Nelson airport and Tahu­nanui beach area are open for feed­back next month. The rec­om­mended pri­mary route goes along Bolt Rd and Golf Rd.

The pub­lic will have a chance to have their say on the sug­gested routes at two open days on Fe­bru­ary 7 and12.

‘‘What [the cy­cle­way] re­ally needs to be able to do is have lots of re­ally good con­nec­tions to where peo­ple are ac­tu­ally liv­ing and go­ing to,’’ Cr Rut­ledge said.

‘‘If you think about the schools, and be­ing able to link across into the Tahu­nanui Hills as well, and I guess also mak­ing sure that it’s a nat­u­ral flow for peo­ple, be­cause kids are sim­ply not go­ing to go say three times their usual dis­tance to school, just to stay on an es­tab­lished path­way.’’

Cr Rut­ledge said while there was a rec­om­mended op­tion sug­gested by coun­cil ad­vi­sors, there was room for it to change.

‘‘Par­ents, teach­ers, and oth­ers, they know what their kids are do­ing and they know how they get there.

‘‘It doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that con­sul­tants or oth­ers actu- ally know that level of de­tail, so this is the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally make sure that the best in­for­ma­tion is be­ing fed into the peo­ple who are do­ing the de­sign.’’

Tahu­nanui Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Man­ager Judy Robin­son said she hoped peo­ple would take the op­por­tu­nity to make their views known.

‘‘I think they need to go out and try the dif­fer­ent routes,’’ Robin­son said.

‘‘...it’s about keep­ing ev­ery­body as safe as we can and be­ing able to ride a bike to and from schools, or wher­ever they have to go to.’’

She said keep­ing peo­ple safe as they cross round­abouts and in­ter­sec­tions was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant.

The Tahu­nanui cy­cle­way is one of many cy­cle projects be­ing wheeled out across Nelson, in an ef­fort to con­nect up cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture and cre­ate an off-road cy­cle route from the Maitai right through to Kai­teri­teri.

In De­cem­ber, Nelson City Coun­cil ap­proved fund­ing for a $255,000 cy­cle con­nec­tion along the CBD’s Haven Road.

The first phase of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Tahu­nanui Cy­cle­way took place in 2014.

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Tahu­nanui cy­cle­way map

Mike Rut­ledge is urg­ing res­i­dents to have say on pro­posed Tahu­nanui cy­cle­way.

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