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Plan for feedback on whanau-friendly cycling route

5 Jul 2018

Plan for feedback on whanau-friendly cycling route

NZTA Cyclelife229 Lo Res

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council are developing a community engagement and consultation plan for a Tairāwhiti Roads project that aims to make cycling safer for local tamariki.

Gisborne locals will be asked for their feedback on how best to improve cycling connections for safer, whānau-friendly routes between our everyday destinations.

‘There is strong support from local whānau, schools, organisations and communities to foster healthier and happier children through more walking, scooting and cycling  - in a safe environment,’ says Tairāwhiti Roads General Manager Dave Hadfield.

‘This will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and create something really positive for our region,’ adds Mr Hadfield.

When news of a proposed design for a Rutene Road cycleway was published in the media late last year, many residents responded positively at the idea of a new cycleway. However, some expressed concern over potential road-closure trials.

‘We’ve noted this concern and want to make sure people now have a chance to access the research done to date, and to come together as a community to create something for our children that we can be really proud of,’ says Mr Hadfield.

‘We’ll share more information with our communities when the engagement phase is ready to be launched,’ he adds.

This project is part of Gisborne’s Urban Cycling Programme, and has been granted funding from the government’s Urban Cycleways Fund.

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