Minister visits City for official opening
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.