Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New Plan To Encourage Cycling In Manukau

New Plan To Encourage Cycling In Manukau

Cyclists will soon be able to bike safely on purpose-built routes right across Manukau. A cycleway network is being developed by Manukau City Council over the next five years at a cost of $5 million.

The new Cycle and Walking Strategy is part of the broadening of transport options that will include better bus, train and ferry services.

The first cycle route, from the airport to Mangere, is expected to open in 2 years.

The Council is putting $1.2 million into the project and Infrastructure Auckland $4 million. Infrastructure Auckland has just been disbanned and the funding decision was one of the last announced during its final funding round.

The cycleways will cover 40 kilometres over 7 routes, three quarters on the actual roads and the others running alongside.

Although most households in Manukau have bikes few journeys are currently made by bike. There's a variety of reasons but the main one is lack of safety, and it is hoped that will be overcome by the new cycleways.

The routes will be clearly marked and signposted. Council officials believe the network will lead to a big jump in the number of cycle journeys, rising to one million per year after 20 years.

Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says cycleways are a great idea. "The vital thing is to make them safe for people. "Cycling is healthy, costs nothing and doesn't pollute. Manukau is perfect for cycling because it's flat and virtually every family household has a bike. I think it's a shame that people riding bikes are a rarity these days, whereas in the past many people rode bikes instead of taking a car.

"Even children these days don't often use a bike - they get dropped off everywhere by car.

"But that change is understandable given that there are so many vehicles on the roads now. Roads are unsafe and potentially threatening but this new network of cycling routes we are developing will change that.

"I would like to thank Infrastructure Auckland for the funding which has made the network possible. Without that decision this cycling initiative wouldn't have happened."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news