Relief for Cyclists
Relief for Cyclists
Kaikohe a Cycle Friendly Town
Kaikohe, Northland, New Zealand August 14, 2014
The Kaikohe Business Association is passionately committed to promoting Kaikohe as a cycle friendly town. The Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai is a strategic asset and can work better for local businesses. The Association is promoting an attractive alternative route for cyclists to come right into Kaikohe rather than traverse the industrial wilderness that follows the old railway line on the outskirts of the town. The Association has taken the initiative to erect signs recommending an alternative route so that cyclists come into town, buy a coffee, shop, view the murals, learn some history or just use the public toilet. The Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board and Council have made a commitment to have the toilet upgraded and re-vamped by summer but will putting themselves under pressure to meet their commitment. The Community Board has changed the community approved plans submitted to them in July and have not applied for Council consents. While the Community Board’s lack of progress on vital infrastructure i.e. public toilets is of grave concern, Business Association chairperson, Steve Sangster says, “We have had support from Far North District Council for cycle lanes which have been marked and signed along Station Rd. This is just a start as we still wish to divert cyclists into town so that they visit our businesses and spend.” The retail industry is the second largest employer of local people in Kaikohe. The Far North District Council is working with the Association on a network of cycle lanes to make Kaikohe more ‘cycle friendly’. The Twin Coast Cycle Trail offers a truly unique experience for riders, traversing rural farm country and now the choice of passing through the town of Kaikohe, as well as many sites of historical and cultural significance.