Cy­cle­way plan

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

Re the let­ter Cy­cle­way eye­sore (Katikati Ad­ver­tiser, De­cem­ber 27, 2018) from Ros­alie Smith.

I wish to en­dorse the com­ments and con­clu­sions ex­pressed in the ar­ti­cle.

In 2017 there was a ru­mour about a cy­cle­way pro­posal along the walkay be­side part of the Ure­tara es­tu­ary. A pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the cy­cle­way con­struc­tion was or­gan­ised and was signed by 127 peo­ple. The pe­ti­tion was not pre­sented as the pro­posal did not ap­pear to be go­ing ahead. We now hear from var­i­ous sources that there is a def­i­nite pro­posal to con­struct a 2.5 me­tre wide con­crete cy­cle way along the es­tu­ary.

There has been no of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the coun­cil about this as far as I can see. There about 25 res­i­dents whose prop­er­ties will be ad­ja­cent to the cy­cle­way. None of these or other res­i­dents ap­pear to have been con­tacted.

The walk­way is an iconic fea­ture, and much of its charm is be­cause it is a long grassed area some of which is mowed and cared for by lo­cal res­i­dents. The walk­way is presently en­joyed by walk­ers, dogs and cy­clists, who have mostly told me that they like the grass and do not favour a con­crete cy­cle­way. I have seen no es­ti­mated cost for the cy­cle­way but it could amount to $300,000 to $400,000. Who will pay? The res­i­dents of Katikati? Has a cost ben­e­fit anal­y­sis been done?

Near the east­ern end of the walk­way there is a steep in­cline and this re­quires im­me­di­ate work to im­prove its safety, for both the present walk­way, and the pro­posed cy­cle way.

The pro­posed cy­cle­way should not be con­structed be­fore a meet­ing of res­i­dents has been called so they can be in­formed about the pro­posal and their ques­tions an­swered.

JACK RIP­LEY Katikati

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