Walk Talk

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The pop­u­lar­ity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is con­tin­u­ing to climb, with new fig­ures show­ing a record num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the trails for cy­cling, walk­ing or run­ning. Trail use has in­creased by 46% in the last three years. Trail coun­ters recorded 22,624 peo­ple used the trails in Jan­uary 2014 com­pared with 33,107 users in Jan­uary 2017. The fig­ures also showed a marked boost in those us­ing the TaradalePuke­tapu loop ride, and along the Clifton-Te Awanga coastal trail. HBRC’s Cy­cle Net­work Co­or­di­na­tor Vicki But­ter­worth says it’s great to see some many lo­cals and visi­tors tak­ing ad­van­tage of the 200+ kilo­me­tres of trails around the re­gion. How­ever, she says the re­cent hot nor’west­erly winds con­tinue to dry Hawke’s Bay, with very high fire risk in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing dry grass­land along stop­banks and trail­side ar­eas of Hawke’s Bay Trails. She wants to re­mind trail users the cur­rent ex­treme fire risk and to­tal fire ban in ef­fect, which in­cludes all trail and river ar­eas. The off-road lime sand trail by farm­land north of Hawke’s Bay air­port - Turfrey Road to One­hunga Road - is tem­po­rar­ily closed. The con­crete coastal path­way from West­shore to Bay View is the rec­om­mended al­ter­na­tive.

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