New funding to speed up development of urban cycleways

Kaikoura news
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith is delighted locals will enjoy the Spring Creek, Taylor River Path and Eltham/Beaver Road cycleways sooner than previously planned thanks to a total of $710,000 of funding from the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme.

“These cycleways are really important initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

“This new funding will accelerate the builds, meaning we’ll all be able to take advantage of the cycleways earlier,” said Stuart Smith.
The 2.8km Spring Creek cycleway will extend the existing cycle path between Blenheim and Grovetown through to Spring Creek. This will bring Spring Creek and its residents into the Blenheim cycling network and provide off-road access to the Spring Creek and Grovetown schools.

The 2.6km Taylor River Path will extend the existing popular route along the Taylor River further to the south, linking more residential areas in south Blenheim to the CBD.

The 1.5km Eltham/Beaver Road Cycle Link will consist of a 500m separated two-way cycle path on the eastern side of Eltham Road and traffic calming measures on Beaver Road. The path will provide direct access to Whitney St School and nearby St Mary’s School.

“The three cycleways will provide safer routes for students to cycle to school, and for commuters to cycle to work in the CBD.

“The cycleways will complement other transport options we have here and the option to cycle safely will be a drawcard for the area,” said Mr Smith.

“It’s pleasing to see central and local government working together on our cycleways, with $710,000 contributed from the Urban Cycleways Fund, $710,000 from the National Land Transport Fund, and $390,000 from the Marlborough District Council.”

This cycleway is one of 41 similar projects around the country designed to encourage cycling by making it safer and more attractive.

National’s commitment to providing safe and accessible urban cycleways is changing the face of cycling in New Zealand.