Waimakariri MP delighted by cycleway funding acceleration for Waimakariri
Pictured: With Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers and Waimakariri District Council CEO Jim Palmer at a meeting to discuss Waimakariri-specific traffic issues, including the cycleway projects.
Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is delighted Waimakariri has been awarded funding to accelerate two cycleway projects that will link Woodend to Rangiora, and Rangiora to Kaiapoi, after advocating for the proposal.
The MP facilitated a meeting in May between Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Waimakariri District Mayor David Ayers and Waimakariri District Council CEO Jim Palmer where the proposal was discussed as part of a range of traffic issues specific to Waimakariri.
“It’s great news that Waimakariri came into consideration for this funding. I know from that meeting that the Minister was very impressed with the strong case that was put forward,” Doocey said.
The Rangiora to Woodend cycleway will comprise 6.5 kilometres of shared pathway for Woodend residents to Rangiora schools, workplaces and shops, and will also provide a connection for recreational riders to the Woodend to Woodend Beach path.
Doocey said the shared path would provide safety to around 300 students who cycled to school.
The total project is estimated to cost $500,000, of which $170,000 would come from the Urban Cycleways Fund and an estimated $170,000 from the National Land Transport Fund. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid to late 2016 and be completed by early 2017.
Doocey said the eight kilometre Rangiora to Kaiapoi shared path would provide separation for cyclists from high-speed, high volume traffic by creating a safe connection between the two towns that was expected to attract 200 people each day.
The project is estimated to cost $1.05 million, of which $350,000 would come from the Urban Cycleways Fund and an estimated $360,000 from the National Land Transport Fund. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and be completed by late 2017.
“This will potentially provide a connection to Christchurch through a link to the Christchurch Major Cycles Route,” Doocey said.
“These cycleways will appeal to our whole community – from mums and dads wanting to cycle to work, the shops and home, to students wanting to cycle safely to school, to recreational cyclists and even to our tourism operators, who will see the potential of this as a major driver to bring tourist spend to our region,” Doocey said.