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Today’s sod turnings for Waimakariri’s two cycleway projects is exciting news for the community, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

“These two cycleways will provide safe connections for residents of all ages, getting more people out of their cars,” Doocey said.

“As Kiwis, we are a nation that likes to drive but by increasing local cycle links to public transport networks we will encourage more people to use a variety of transport options,” Doocey said.

The eight-kilometre, sealed Passchendaele cycleway would connect Kaiapoi to the growing business area at Southbrook. “Part of the route is expected to be used by about 700 students. The cycleway will be separated from the road along the western side of the railway line along Lineside Road to provide safe cycling and walking access,” Doocey said.

The 6.5 kilometre, sealed Rangiora to Woodend cycleway would provide a safe, accessible option for about 300 students, as well as residents including pedestrians and the mobility impaired, Doocey said. “It will join up with the Woodend to Woodend Beach path, Pines Beach and ultimately Waikuku Beach, providing great recreational opportunities. It’s another example of the Waimakariri being a great place for families.

“Cycling and walking provide huge health benefits. These cycleways will make it easier for less confident cyclists to give it a try,” Doocey said.

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