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.

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