$390 mil­lion to be in­vested in more walk­ing and cy­cling path ini­tia­tives

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Over the next three years a to­tal of $390 mil­lion will be in­vested in walk­ing and cy­cling ini­tia­tives, an in­crease of $96 mil­lion on the pre­vi­ous three years, ac­cord­ing to the NZ Trans­port Agency.

$300 mil­lion will be in­vested from the Na­tional Land Trans­port Fund, sup­ported by co-in­vest­ment from lo­cal gov­ern­ment of $65 mil­lion and $25 mil­lion of ad­di­tional Crown fund­ing.

In­vest­ment will be tar­geted to ex­tend­ing ex­ist­ing walk­ing and cy­cling net­works, pro­vid­ing con­nec­tions to pub­lic trans­port hubs, im­prov­ing safety and accessibility, and help­ing re­vi­talise re­gional economies with new tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling is also re­spond­ing to in­creas­ing de­mand due to the grow­ing num­ber of cy­clists us­ing our ur­ban net­works.

Walk­ing and cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties help make our towns and cities more ac­ces­si­ble and live­able, pro­mote tourism, re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion and green­house gas emis­sions, sup­port peo­ple to be ac­tive and con­trib­ute to healthy com­mu­ni­ties, says NZ Trans­port Agency

Ar­eas to ben­e­fit throughot New Zealand are:

North­land - $13 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• $8.7 mil­lion for ur­ban cy­cling routes in Whāngārei, cre­at­ing a con­nected net­work of shared paths for walk­ing and cy­cling be­tween res­i­den­tial ar­eas, ed­u­ca­tion, recre­ation and shops • Twin Coast cy­cle trail.

Auck­land - $149 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• $67 mil­lion for the Sky­Path, the walk­ing and cy­cling link across Auck­land Har­bour Bridge, which will give Auck­lan­ders the free­dom to walk and cy­cle from the North Shore to the city. A de­tailed busi­ness case will be com­pleted by mid-2019 • $31 mil­lion for the SeaPath, a three kilo­me­tre cy­cle and walk­way on the North Shore that will con­nect to the Sky­Path and pro­vide safe and di­rect con­nec­tions to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and recre­ational ar­eas • com­plet­ing the Glen Innes to Ta­maki Drive shared path.

Waikato - $20 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• $2.1 mil­lion to ex­pand ur­ban cy­cle net­works and strate­gic in­ter-re­gional con­nec­tions in the Hamil­ton area, in­clud­ing the Cam­bridge to Hamil­ton sec­tion of Te Awa, the great New Zealand river ride • Hamil­ton cy­cle net­work

• Te Awa South cy­cle­way

Bay of Plenty - $16 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• com­ple­tion of the Cy­cley net­work in Ro­torua, con­nect­ing sub­urbs, ar­te­rial routes and tourist at­trac­tions • Motu cy­cle trail – Whakatane ex­ten­sion • com­ple­tion of Tau­ranga’s strate­gic ur­ban net­work of cy­cle­ways, com­plet­ing links from res­i­den­tial ar­eas to ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Taranaki - $0.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• New Ply­mouth cy­cle­ways.

Gis­borne - $5.4 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• SH35 Gis­borne to Wainui Cy­cle­way.

Hawke’s Bay - $1.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• the iWay project in Napier/Hast­ings to sup­port the con­struc­tion of new cy­cle­ways and in­ves­ti­gate a cy­cle­way north of Napier to­wards Gis­borne.

Manawatū–Whanganui - $13 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• Palmer­ston North to Feild­ing shared path • new He Ara Ko­tahi shared Manawatū River Bridge • Whanganui River Cy­cle­way.

Welling­ton - $83 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• Ngau­ranga to Pe­tone shared path • Pe­tone to Melling link • Eastern Bays cy­cle­way • Welling­ton to Hutt Val­ley shared path.

Nel­son/Marl­bor­ough - $4.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• the Nel­son City Coun­cil plans to sub­stan­tially com­plete its cy­cle­way net­work dur­ing the next three years, link­ing the net­work from Tahu­nanui to the city cen­tre.

Can­ter­bury - $28 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in Christchurch’s 13 ma­jor cy­cle­ways routes to pro­vide a safe and ac­ces­si­ble net­work con­nect­ing the city’s sub­urbs to the cen­tral city • Quar­ry­man’s Trail • Ra­punui to Shag Rock • North­ern Line • Heath­cote Ex­press­way • Nor’West Arc • South­ern Lights • Pa­panui Par­al­lel.

Otago - $56 mil­lion in­vest­ment in walk­ing and cy­cling which in­cludes:

• SH1 sep­a­rated cy­cle lanes • SH88 shared path • Penin­sula Con­nec­tion.

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