Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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

 

Bridging It

Bridging It


Bridging it: Cyclists, including Hastings District councillor Simon Nixon (right), on the new cycle lane on Friday.

A hi-tech link in the Hawke’s Bay cycle path chain was officially opened on Friday (October 9); this time a state-of-the-art cycle lane on the Clive River Bridge.

With decking made from recycled plastic bags and LED lights embedded in the handrails, the path is a worthy addition to the region’s cycleways that have been evolving over the last 15 years, said deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers at the opening.

Being able to negotiate bridges safely is a “tremendous step forward” for cyclists, she said.

A crowd of about 80 attended the opening at 10am, for a short round of speeches and then a walk over the bridge to refreshments in Farndon Park.

NZTA Napier Highways Manager Chuck Dowdell told the crowd he remembered walking the bridge as a child, and then rowing under it as a teen. He said the bridge had a long history, opening in the same year the Elvis Presley appeared for the first time on television, and Jacques Cousteau’s first marine wildlife programme aired.

That was in 1954. It was built to last at a height that would see it safe from the sort of floods that had inundated the area in 1897 and 1938. It was constructed to bear the weight of the era’s traction engines, which stood it in good stead to take today’s large trucks heading to Napier Port, he said.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Laid end-to-end the piles would stretch 2.5 kilometres, it was made with 1100 cubic yards of concrete and 250 tonne of steel. “It is testament to the strength of the build in its day, that it remains in good order and we have been able to reconfigure it to keep cyclists safe.”

Associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss said Hawke’s Bay’s cycling culture had led the way in New Zealand in 2010 with its adoption of the i-Ways cycling programme, and continued to do so.

Using the roads is “not something other people do, it is something we all do; our mothers, fathers, children, grandparents – whether we’re in cars or cycling”.

“It requires respect for motorists by cyclists, and respect for cyclists by motorists. It is about sharing and respect.”

The $650,000 cycle path project was led by Hastings District Council and paid for by NZTA.


ends

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.