16 January 2020
The existing trail that winds its way alongside the Utuhina stream is about to receive a facelift and become part of Rotorua’s shared path network.
Flat sections of the track will be resurfaced with asphalt, and concrete will be used where the ground is undulating or prone to surface flooding.
Shared paths are designed to suit a wide range of users. They improve access and safety for those with reduced mobility, create space for young families with prams, scooters or bikes, and provide space for cyclists to move about more freely and be separated from traffic if they are not confident riding on the road.
Contractors will begin construction next week at Malfroy Road, and work progressively along the track which emerges at Old Taupo Road near the entrance to Shirley street.
Council’s Safe and Sustainable Journeys Manager, Jodie Lawson, sees firsthand the appreciation communities have for the shared path network. She reflects on a previous shared path project, dubbed the ‘Linton Park link’, where contractors were welcomed at the work site with open arms and even baked goods, with one friendly resident offering the contractors homemade cake from over their back fence.
“The benefit of this work is clear when we get to share these special moments with the communities who are excited about what’s happening in their public spaces and to their amenities. They know the benefits for their whanau, and are thankful to have a safe and reliable pathway to push their prams, ride their bikes, or just stroll through the area,” she says.
Construction signs will be visible at the relevant sites at each point in the project, beginning with one sign at Malfroy Road and the other near the entrance of Bellingham Road Preschool.
Weather permitting, it is likely that the Utuhina shared path will be complete by Autumn this year.
Recently completed shared path projects
- Reeme Street
- Gordon Road
- Thomas Crescent
- Steeles Lane
- Forest Lane
- The ‘Linton Park link’ shared path – From Pukehangi Road to Sunset Road
- The ‘Forest link’ – From Te Ngae to Long Mile Road
The shared path network aims to connect people to where they want to go and promote biking as an attractive and convenient form of transport. The use of shared paths in the infrastructure network also encourages safer options for pedestrians and people using mobility devices.
Each project is part of the National Urban Cycle Programme. This programme supports the district’s Urban Cycling Strategic Plan that aims to provide our community with safe and enjoyable riding facilities.
Funding for the programme is shared between Rotorua Lakes Council, Government and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
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