Rotorua's Cy-Way celebrates new developments
Monday, May 15, 2017
Rotorua's Urban Cycleways Project, or Cy-Way, is celebrating two milestone achievements this Friday in the presence of Mayor Steve Chadwick and Minister of Transport Simon Bridges.
The MP and city mayor start the day by officially opening the Morey Street/Brent Road section of the project, before turning the sod at the Lake Road to Lake Front section to celebrate the start of the Inner City Link.
The Rotorua Cy-Way Project comprises 23.7km of cycleways and shared paths which will provide Rotorua with a connected cycle network. Key routes include a link from Western Heights and Koutu residential areas to the CBD, a circuit from Western Heights through Pukehangi, Sunnybrook and Utuhina to the CBD, and connections to the Lakefront area and through the city centre.
The CBD and Lakefront links will connect to an existing cycling network covering the airport and eastern suburbs, and links to mountain bike trails, The Redwoods and BMX recreational facilities. New infrastructure will be complemented by lower driving speeds, signage, education and promotion.
The goal is to provide easier and safer access for people cycling to school, with almost 14,000 students within 500m of the primary cycling network. The completed network is expected to increase cycling from the suburbs within 20 minutes of the CBD, aiming to achieve 10% mode share for cycling to work and to school.
The network will also have benefits for tourism and economic development by furthering Rotorua’s reputation as a cycling destination and recreation-friendly city. The Rotorua Cy-Way network is expected to attract around 1700 users a day.
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