Safety for cyclists and pedestrians a priority
Getting around Palmerston North safely by bike and on foot has emerged as the dominant theme of submissions on the city council’s annual budget.
The council has received 149 submissions, including petitions, with the biggest single issue being the need for a new shared pathway along Walkers Rd at Longburn.
Some 23 people have commented on the proposal for a safe link from the city-to-Longburn shared pathway, along Walkers Rd to Longburn Adventist College.
The council has included the project in its annual budget at a cost of $130,000, subject to gaining some non-ratepayer money.
About 240 pupils students attend the college, but having to negotiate a narrow road that carries a lot of heavy vehicles at 70kmh meant many felt it was not safe to cycle.
Submitters are asking the council to give the project a high priority.
The runner-up topic was for safety improvements at the Aokautere Drive village bus stop.
Several applauded plans for the He Ara Kotahi cycle and pedestrian bridge across the Manawatu River and the pathway to Linton and Massey University.
But there were also criticisms that not enough is being done to make cyclists safe on other parts of the roading and pathway networks.
Mayor Grant Smith and Transport Minister Simon Bridges.