Popular active travel routes see more riders



28 May 2020


Since 2016, Rotorua Lakes Council has monitored the number of wheeled users on some of Rotorua’s popular active travel routes, capturing an increase over time.  

Wheeled users include people on bikes, scooters, mobility scooters and in wheelchairs.

The data is collected by monitoring the travel routes for 2 hours per day (7am-9am), for 3 days of one week during March.

The sites include the Ngongotahā Trail, Kuirau Park, Amohau Street and Lake Path, Fenton Street, Morey Street, Springfield Road, Clayton Road, Pukuatua Street, Lake Road, Te Ngae Road, Old Taupo Road and Ranolf Street.

The areas with the highest changes in wheeled users from 2016 to 2020 are:

  • Springfield Road, with a 276% increase
  • Pukuatua Street, with a 264% increase
  • Old Taupo Road, with a 186% increase
  • Morey Street, with a 173% increase
  • Kuirau Park, with a 163% increase

There was a total increase of 83% across all recorded sites since 2016.



















The data showed a significant rise in the number of wheeled users between 2017 and 2019, when the majority of these existing routes were upgraded to become part of the shared path network.

The shared path network is a system of pathways that creates greater accessibility for using active modes of transport by providing direct and reliable routes around Rotorua.

Rotorua Lakes Council’s Safe and Sustainable Journeys Manager Jodie Lawson says this weekday data shows an increase in users who choose active modes of transport for their everyday use and not just recreationally on weekends.


“It is so great to see more wheeled users of the shared path as an alternative to travelling by car. It means that residents are thinking more about ways to better enjoy their commute to work or school – ways that are more sustainable, as well as beneficial for their wellbeing.”

Rotorua Lakes Council plans to continue to monitor the use on these and other popular active travel routes.

There are also a number of eco-counters located along other public pathways in Rotorua, where there is a large amount of pedestrian traffic.

The data collected from these investigations helps to provide evidence of use for funding applications, and rationale for future shared path projects.


More about Rotorua’s shared path network

Each shared path project is part of the Urban Cycleway programme that supports the district’s Urban Cycling Strategic Plan, which aims to provide our community with safe and enjoyable riding facilities.

The shared paths provide direct and reliable routes through and around Rotorua, separated from roadways and traffic.

Funding for the programme is shared between Rotorua Lakes Council, government and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The guidelines for the data collection of wheeled users are created by the New Zealand Transport Agency, and the data was collated by WSP.

Shared paths are between 2.5 and 3 metres wide to allow for two-way traffic of active modes of transport, and can be made from a combination of asphalt, concrete or packed lime-chip.

You can find more information about the shared path network here,
and view a Google Map of the shared path network here.


How can I stay in the loop with CyWay activities and news?

You can get updates and read about events on the CyWay network by following Cyway Rotorua on Facebook, or contacting cycling@rotorualc.nz.



Page reviewed: 28 May 2020 8:48am