8 October 2018
A major link connecting Rotorua’s CyWay network is just weeks away from being finished.
Construction of the last section of the Ranolf Street shared path will complete the route from Waipa to Ngongotahā, enabling people to traverse more than 12 kilometres on off-road shared paths.
About 500m of shared path is left to be built, along the section that connects the southern end of Ranolf Street to Sophia Street.
Pedestrians, bikers and people on other wheeled devices will be able to use the connection to travel from Waipa all the way to Ngongotahā, with the ability to visit Kuirau Park, the lakefront and the inner city along the way.
The Ranolf Street project is the latest in the 11 part CyWay programme which supports the district’s Urban Cycling Strategic Plan with the aim to provide our community with safe, connected, enjoyable riding facilities.
Since July two more shared paths have been finished, completing the full Springfield cycleway and the first phase of the Western Heights Schools Link.
Including the Ranolf project, the new shared paths have also created safer off-road spaces for children riding, scooting and walking to and from five schools within the district.
If you're keen to give commutin by bike a go, but you're not sure what route to take, the CyWay team can help you out with some travel planning to find the safest way to get to where you want to go. Reach out to the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How are CyWays funded?
Funding for the programme is shared between Council ($1.9 million), the Government ($1.5 million) and the New Zealand Transport Agency ($2.1 million).
In August 2014, the government announced the $100 million Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). This led to the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) being implemented from late 2014 to June 2018. The programme provides increased investment to accelerate the delivery of cycling networks in main urban centres, and incentivises communities to increase their investment in cycling and walking projects.
Streamside shared paths
A Resource Consent application has been submitted to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council seeking permission to carry out work next to the Utuhina and Mangakakahi streams.
The work to upgrade existing walking tracks includes widening the space so it can become multi-use, improving visibility in some areas and adding signage.
Council has engaged with local iwi and hapū on the plans to carry out work along the stream edges. Where required this may include some planting and erosion control.
The CyWay team will construct a shared path along Steeles Lane which was identified as a popular route for students heading to and from Western Heights High School on foot and on bikes.
Find out more about the 11 part CyWay programme at www.cyway.nz
Rotorua Bike Festival
The CyWay team will host three events included in this year’s Rotorua Bike Festival which is taking place between 19 and 28 October.
Here’s what’s on that week:
- Recycled Revolution Fashion Show – Friday 19 October at 5.30pm
Recycled Revolution is a sustainable transport take on ‘Wearable Arts’ which is open to all ages. There is a Children’s category (We can be Heroes), a Corporate category (Retro Rotorua) and an Open adult’s category (Bike to the Future). And there’s PRIZES!!!! Click here for more info or to enter the competition.
- Frocktastic! Frocks on Bikes ride – Sunday October 28 11am – 2pm
Frocks on bikes events are all about having fun and creating memorable experiences with friends and family. We provide an opportunity for people (who don’t normally ride) to give riding a bike a go. Click here for more info
- Toddlers on bikes – roll on down and try out a runner bike with your tyke
Catch up with the CyWay team at these Bike Festival events:
- Ride the Runway – Sunday 21 October 8.30am – 11am
- iBike for kids – Saturday 27 October 9am – 1pm
To find out more about Rotorua’s Bike Festival for 2018 visit www.rotoruabikefestival.com. There are events for everyone from pedal powered scavenger hunts to speed dating and bike yoga. Get on your bike and get involved!