Mayor welcomes cycleway funding announcement
23 August 2014
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick has welcomed the government’s announcement that $100 million is to be made available over four years for urban cycleway development across the country.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says an Urban Cycleway Investment Panel will be set up to investigate opportunities for investing in urban cycleways that would expand and improve the cycling network. Mr Brownlee says the government recognises that commuting by bike has health benefits and takes pressure off other transport networks.
Mayor Chadwick said Rotorua District Council would expect to be in a strong position to submit a compelling case for a share of the funding, in collaboration with the local cycling community, and looked forward to finding out the terms of reference and criteria for applications.
“As a city and district that’s developed a national and international reputation as New Zealand’s biking capital – including some of the world’s best mountain bike trails - we’re very keen to see our urban cycling network further expanded. Funding availability is the key limitation to achieving this at present.
“So we’re very encouraged at the possibility of additional funding support from central government to help take commuter cycling in Rotorua to even higher levels.
Rotorua District Council has a comprehensive strategy aimed at progressively extending cycling facilities. There have been some notable cycleway developments across the district in recent times and these are being increasingly well-used and enjoyed by Rotorua locals – particularly for commuting to work and school.
Mrs Chadwick says Rotorua’s cycleways provide a sustainable alternative to motorised vehicles, while also offering a safe and healthy transport option for our residents.
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