Progress on Wainui Cycleway
Works are currently underway along Wainui Road, extending the popular Murial Jones walking and cycling path by 1.6km.
The extension will connect the shared path from Sponge Bay up to Endcliffe Road and across the road to Craig Road.
"Once complete, the path will allow locals to bike and walk safely — all the way from Wainui to Kaiti — on a path separated from traffic on State Highway 35," says Tairāwhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.
The path runs parallel to Wainui Road and goes through privately owned land, including a section owned by Matuaokore Ahu Whenua Trust.
"It feels nice and safe because it’s well away from the road and busy traffic," says Mr Hadfield.
"This came as welcome news to many parents at Kaiti School’s Whānau Hui, after some of our team visited last month to discuss the path."
Some of the parents’ comments left next to the artist’s impression included ‘Really important for a healthier, fitter community’, ‘Ka pai — we need it’ and ‘Massive way to spend time as a whānau’.
Many also said they were happy it would be safer for their children to get to and from school.
This is one of several initiatives Tairāwhiti Roads is delivering to encourage more people to walk and cycle for everyday transport.
The path is expected to be open for the community by the end of September 2018.