New funding to speed up development of Bay of Plenty – Tauranga cycleways
MP Todd Muller is delighted locals will enjoy more cycleways sooner than previously planned thanks to $14.61 million of funding from the $333 million Urban Cycleways Programme.
“The accelerated completion of the Tauranga Urban cycle network and the Omokoroa – Tauranga City cycleway is a big win for our community and all our local residents who have campaigned hard for it.”
A boost of $7.7 million will go to the 16km link between the growing township of Omokoroa and Tauranga City, made up of both new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections.
The Tauranga urban cycle network will receive $6.91 million to see the construction of the missing links in the city’s cycle network, completing the final 60 kilometres of the city’s 10 commuter routes that connect residential areas to schools, businesses and parks.
“I’ve had many conversations with local residents who are excited about the option of cycling safely around the area.”
“As a young boy I cycled around Omokoroa and Te Puna and I know many children and their families will get a lot of enjoyment out of this cycleway”.
“I want to recognise Kevin Kerr, Phil Simpson, Jan Booysen and the Tauranga Roundtable who have been instrumental in advocating for the Omokoroa – Tauranga City cycleway to be built.”
Central and local government are working together on the two cycleways, with $3.8million contributed from the Urban Cycleways Fund, $3.11 million from the National Land Transport Fund, and $7.7 million from local councils and organisations such as the Tauranga Roundtable.
This cycleway is one of 41 similar projects around the country designed to encourage cycling by making it safer and more attractive.
National’s commitment to providing safe and accessible urban cycleways is changing the face of cycling in New Zealand.