Feedback sought for Cy-Way development


8/12/2015 12:00:00 a.m.

8.December 2015

Rotorua residents are being asked for feedback about cycling to help with planning for the urban Cy-Way network which will connect suburbs to main cycling routes and the central city.

The Cy-Way project will see the creation of 23.7km of cycleways and shared paths. Some existing infrastructure will also be improved.

The network will make cycling safer and accessible for more people, including children, connecting communities to schools, work, the central city and forest trails by linking to existing cycleways.

“We’d like people to share their ideas and provide feedback to ensure we create a cycling network they will use – a network that’s safe, user-friendly and provides an enjoyable experience,” Rotorua Lakes Council Sustainable Transport Team Leader Jodie Lawson says.

“Information and research we have suggests more people would cycle if they felt it was safer so we’re also keen to hear from people who don’t currently cycle to find out what might encourage or prompt them to take it up.”

Communities will have another opportunity to have their say and get involved as council progresses with urban projects in the Cy-Way programme over the next three years, starting early next year.

“We’ll start getting out to communities soon, working our way through the various urban projects and we will work through cycleway options with residents in those areas,” Ms Lawson says. “In the meantime we want feedback that will help in the development of the Cy-Way network and ultimately, help encourage more people to take up cycling as an alternative means of transport.”

People can complete an online survey and/or provide general comment via council’s cycling feedback form.

Rotorua was allocated $3.6m from the national Urban Cycleways Programme ($1.5m from the Urban Cycleways Fund and $2.1m from the National Land Transport Fund) for the $5.52m Cy-Way project.

Improving cycleways and creating connections through more parts of the city, including to tourist attractions, will also contribute to economic development by furthering Rotorua’s reputation as a cycling, recreation-friendly destination, Ms Lawson says.

Follow this link for the feedback form, more on the Cy-Way project including initial route proposals and to view Rotorua Lakes Council’s urban cycling strategy plan.

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