Min­is­ter vis­its City for of­fi­cial open­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - TE KARERE A HINE / SQUARE CIRCULAR - Www.nzta.govt.nz/UCP.

Palmer­ston North re­cently wel­comed a visit from Min­is­ter of Trans­port Si­mon Bridges who to­gether with Mayor Grant Smith of­fi­cially opened the city’s new shared path­way be­tween Long­burn and Palmer­ston North. The path­way was the first in New Zealand to be opened from a se­ries of 13 new ur­ban cy­cle path­ways that will even­tu­ally cross the coun­try. It runs along State High­way 56 from Works Road in Long­burn Vil­lage and con­nects with the Man­gaone Stream Shared Path­way which links to the Manawatū River Shared Path­way. So­lar­pow­ered warn­ing signs have been in­stalled at two road cross­ings mak­ing the new sec­tion safer for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. “With the help of cen­tral gov­ern­ment we have been able to com­plete this pro­ject ahead of time and are well on the way to mak­ing Palmer­ston North and the Manawatū the best place in New Zealand to ride a bike,” Mayor Grant Smith said. The open­ing fol­lowed the an­nounce­ment that Lin­ton to City Shared Path­way and the Manawatū River Bridge pro­ject will re­ceive $6.2m and the Man­gaone Stream Shared Path­way will re­ceive $400.000 to com­plete two un­der­passes. The NZ Trans­port Agency an­tic­i­pates the to­tal in­vest­ment in cy­cling in New Zealand over the next three years will be around $380 mil­lion to $400 mil­lion, de­liv­er­ing more than 250km of new ur­ban cy­cle­ways and greater net­work con­nec­tiv­ity. To find out more about the Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme you can visit the NZ Trans­port Agency web­site

City Mayor Grant Smith and Min­is­ter of Trans­port Si­mon Bridges take a bike ride at the open­ing of the Long­burn to City Shared Path­way.

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