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Cycling and walking route the best solution

10 July 2008
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Seaside cycling and walking route the best solution

A route on the seaward side of the rail line is the best way for cyclists and walkers to get between Petone and Wellington, say cyclists.

Cycle Aware Wellington spokesperson Alastair Smith says, “We welcome initiatives from Transit NZ and local authorities to address the immediate problems but a long-term solution is needed.”

“As fuel prices rise, more cyclists want to commute between the Hutt and Wellington, but are discouraged by the lack of a safe route.”

A seaside route would be a vital link in the Great Harbour Way – a proposed cycling and walking route around Wellington harbour (www.greatharbourway.org.nz).

Few opportunities exist in the world to safely walk or cycle the entire coastline of a major city harbour.

“A continuous, safe, signposted walkway and cycleway around the whole coastline of Wellington Harbour would benefit not only cyclists and walkers, but also be major tourist attraction,” says Mr Smith.

A conceptual image of the seaside route is here: http://tinyurl.com/6ncl4w


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